While Real Madrid with a success against Deportivo Alavés took another step to the 34th championship title, has attackers Gareth Bale provoked his employer once again. As he sat on the stands as a substitute player during the royal’s 2-0 (1-0) victory, the Welshman pulled his mouth and nose protective mask over his eyes and leaned back asleep.
“Shameful behavior,” headlined the Spanish newspaper “Marca” in a nutshell. The last change of his trainer Zinedine Zidane and with that his disregard Bale acknowledged with a smile. The 30-year-old Bale was on the bench for the fourth time in a row for the entire season. Since the league started again, coach Zidane has given the Welshman only 100 of 720 possible minutes of use, even though there was no injury.
Things are going so well for Real Madrid too, their win against Alavés was their eighth win in a row. Meanwhile, the lead over pursuers FC Barcelona increased to four points with three days left to play. However, the Catalans can narrow the gap again in their Saturday game against Real Valladolid.
2013 was Bale for the record sum at that time of 100 million euros switched from Tottenham to Real Madrid. There are always rumors of change about him. A transfer to the Chinese first division club Jiangsu Suning is said to have ultimately failed due to his generous salary. Bale contributed important goals when he was on the pitch, but due to a lack of integration, it never became a mainstay. Even after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, he could not fill the gap.
In fact, Bale is not the first player in Madrid to take a nap on Real Bank. Frenchman Julien Faubert, who spent just five months with the royal team in 2009, made himself too comfortable on the bench in the game against Villareal and closed his eyes a little too long. today denies the 36-year-oldto have slept back then – he was simply bored.