Bale and Zidane

Real Madrid fans turn on Gareth Bale at marketing event

Bale gets booed

Real Madrid fans have a strange relationship with Gareth Bale. This is a player who scored the winner in a Champions League final in his debut season. Yet there’s no love lost between fans and the forward.

One of the reasons behind that iciness could be that Bale doesn’t speak Spanish. At least, not most of the time. He appeared at a marketing event in Gran Via, Madrid, on Friday and was heckled for speaking English.

AS report that sections of the crowd were booing Bale and telling him to speak Spanish.

Chequered history

As I mentioned before, Madrid fans have never fully taken to Bale. His struggles with injury and form have left him vulnerable to fan dissent. While he provides a lot of assists, his goal tally could use some work.

Signed as the potential successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale hasn’t hit 20 goals in a season since his debut campaign. This clearly frustrates Madrid fans who believe that he’s underperforming for the club.

But his arrival at the club set in motion the series of Champions League titles that were picked up rapaciously.

Three trophies in four years, including back-to-back wins. This cannot be ignored.

Man United interest

Is all of this friction the build-up to an exit? Bale’s place in the Madrid side is no longer secure with Los Blancos performing better in recent months with Isco or Asensio in the team instead of the Welshman.

United are said to be interested in signing Bale but would probably have to pay at least €100m for his signature.

It’s hard to say if Bale is worth such a fee. He turns 29 next summer and his injury struggles have worsened over the last few years. Then again, a return to England could restore his fragile confidence.