Bale’s Agent Wades Into Welsh Star Row
Written by Dan Tracey for Football Further
It has already been a season to forget for Real Madrid, one that sees them 12 points behind arch rivals Barcelona in the quest to win La Liga and if that was bad enough, they were also dumped out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage by Dutch outfit Ajax.
This has meant that it is crisis mode for the Spanish institution and with that, there seems to be a lot of frustration circling around the Santiago Bernabeu – frustration that perhaps unsurprisingly is being voiced loudest by Real’s vociferous fanbase.
The fact that Los Blancos failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with a world class forward is clearly apparent and it is the players that are doing their very best to fill such huge shoes, that are in turn drawing the most criticism.
While the man who is undoubtedly bearing the brunt of it all is none other than Welsh forward Gareth Bale. The 29-year-old has been subject to a wall of jeers as of late, although one has to ask the question as to whether this is warranted or not.
It seems that the reason he is coming in for such recent criticism, is simply that he is not Cristiano Ronaldo and by extension not matching the incredible goal output that the Portuguese icon used to produce for his former employers.
And it is almost as if fans have been too quick to forget that Bale has played a part in winning no less than four Champions League titles in the past five years, none more so than last season’s win over Liverpool in Kyiv.
This is a point that his agent Jonathan Barnett has been quick to make and he feels that the boo-boys have all of a sudden found themselves with very short memories and instead of criticising the former Tottenham star, they should be supporting him instead.
Barnett recently appeared on Sky Sports to give his opinion on the matter and went on to say “This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come. Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves. Gareth deserves the greatest of respect.
Those words will certainly have the rumour mill working overdrive in regards to a potential transfer away from the Spanish capital, something that could increase in likelihood if the jeers show no sign of abating anytime soon.
Ultimately whether Bale moves on to pastures new in the off season will depend on whether he has had enough of life in Madrid. When you consider the trophy haul that he has delivered since 2013, there is nothing left for him to win and a new challenge may well grow in appeal over the next few months.
If that is the case then it could well be a case of ‘you don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone’ for fans of Real Madrid and if he does decide to return to the spotlight of the Premier League, then an English club will only benefit from the huge talent he is still evidently has at his disposal.