Gareth Bale features on Marca's front page after ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid.' flag


Gareth Bale has won a league title, a Copa del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup, four Champions Leagues - scoring in two separate finals - three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups at Real Madrid.

For most players, that would see them become a club legend.

But for Gareth Bale at Real, that isn’t quite the case.

Even 104 goals in 238 appearances isn’t enough to please the fans - or the media.

And on Tuesday night, Bale’s relationship with both hit boiling point.

The Welshman was celebrating his nation’s Euro 2020 qualification when he was seen celebrating with a flag that read: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’

He must have known it was going to make headlines in Spain.

And that’s exactly what has happened.

On Wednesday night, Madrid-based newspaper Marca released their Gareth Bale front cover.

It read: 'Disrespectful. Wrong. Ungrateful. In that order.'


Oh dear.

The winger has been accused of being too obsessed with golf and missing team functions in order to play a round. It’s even led to him being nicknamed ‘The Golfer,’ according to Thibaut Courtois.

And after Bale said he finds it more exciting representing his country than Madrid, former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic claimed: “The first thing he thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid."

It led to Wales fans changing the lyrics to their ‘Viva Gareth Bale’ chant to ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid.’

That’s how the flag came about and now the backlash from the media.

Of course, Bale is all too familiar with being called out by the Spanish media.

In fact, he has already featured on the front page of Marca this month with the headline ‘Triple Bogey’ as they listed three things he had done wrong.


But Bale is passed caring.

"I've heard some stories but I don't really take notice," Bale said. "My friends tend to send me some funny pictures or whatever they write.

"I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one, it said 'triple bogey' and I've never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It's funny.

"Some of the things I have seen, people don't understand and don't know what they're on about, so I just find it quite funny."

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