Gareth Bale was booed by Real Madrid fans for failing to provide a pass to Cristiano Ronaldo to score - but responded by scoring a brilliant free-kick in his team's 3-0 win against Espanyol today.
The Welshman's future has been the subject of some intense speculation in recent weeks, with Manchester United said to be keen on taking him back to the Premier League in a massive £90 million deal.
Madrid picked up their first win of 2015 having lost to both Valencia and Atletico Madrid since the turn of the year, but it wasn't all smiles at the Bernabeu. According to the Daily Mail, some Real Madrid fans let their frustration get the better of them when Bale opted to shoot rather than pass to Ronaldo in the second half.
The paper says that some were shouting 'f***' at the former Tottenham forward while others were jeering as his shot flew wide.
Manchester United will be hoping that the few signs of unrest in Spain may tempt Bale to return to England, although he recently insisted he had no plans to move to Old Trafford.
Bale did remind the crowd of his gifts with a simply sublime free-kick earlier on in the game, while he also played a key part in Real Madrid's opener. He played a glorious cross-field pass to Ronaldo who teed up James Rodriguez to break the deadlock after just 12 minutes - and then he took centre-stage for himself.
With 15 minutes of the first half to go, the Manchester United target hammered home a free-kick from 30 yards which ricocheted off the woodwork, much to the delight of Ronaldo who was watching on in admiration. Substitute Nacho rounded off the scoring with time running out.
Fabio Coentrao was sent off earlier on in the game before the third goal, while Ronaldo was booked for protesting too vigorously at the dismissal of his countryman. The win takes Real Madrid back to the top of the table, with Barcelona hoping to respond when they take on Atletico Madrid tomorrow.
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