Gareth Bale has been hitting headlines at Real Madrid for all the wrong reasons recently.
When you consider the Welshman's situation at the Bernabeu, it's incredibly strange to think that club and player are continuing to collaborate when the writing has been on the wall for two years.
Ever since failing to establish himself as Cristiano Ronaldo's successor, Bale has started to fall out of favour in the Spanish capital and Zinedine Zidane's return was the final nail in the coffin.
Bale's recent shenanigans
The club legend's first spell at the club was a major factor behind Bale's game-time declining and even two goals in the 2018 Champions League final hardly seemed to change his opinion.
However, the situation seems to have gone so far during the 2019/20 campaign that you'd be forgiven for thinking that Bale is actively going out of his way to mock his employers.
The early signs were there with the 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' banner that he happily posed with for Wales, not to mention countless training photographs of him pulling a golf pose.
Bale looking uninterested on the bench
But the ultimate middle finger to Real has come during the games since lockdown with Bale looking decidedly uninterested during his time on the bench against Alaves and Granada.
The former saw him pretending to fall asleep with his COVID-19 face-mask converted into a sleep mask, while the latter bore witness to him using wrist tape as some sort of telescope.
To top things off, there's no place for Bale in Real Madrid's match-day squad for the final day of the La Liga season, which could well mean that he's played his final minutes for the club.
Hefty cost on Real Madrid
But if there's any positive for Bale in amongst the Bernabeu drama, it's that he's making a pretty penny for barely having to play and his earnings-per-minute in 2020 are almost beggar belief.
The Guardian revealed in 2016 that Bale earns approximately £350,000-a-week under his current contract after tax, which means he's garnered in the region of £10,150,000 so far this year.
And according to data collected by WhoScored.com, the world's most expensive player in 2013 has only played 360 minutes of football for Real since the turn of the decade.
That effectively means that Bale has cost a staggering £28,194 for every minute he's played or a barely-believable £469 for every second.
We would break down for you how much Bale has cost Real Madrid in goals or assists in 2020 but, yeh, he doesn't have any... the best we can do is each game having bagged him £1,691,666.
GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says
It's a really, really weird situation, isn't it?
Bale always comes across as a really sound bloke, so it's perhaps a little disappointing that he hasn't handled being exiled by Zidane with a little more decorum.
It must be incredibly frustrating to be drip-fed so few opportunities, but Bale is neither helping his case at Real or selling himself to other clubs with all the antics we've outlined here.
As far as I'm concerned, I have my fingers tightly crossed that Bale will finally wave goodbye to Real this summer and not use his contract as an excuse to lounge around at the club until 2022.
It would be incredibly sad to see one of the most talented players of his generation continuing to make headlines for messing around with wrist tape and not shining on the biggest of stages.
Let's hope he can make that big move as soon as possible and that time hasn't escaped him already...
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