Gareth Bale wraps up the Madrid press (again) in Real’s win over Alaves

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was once again at the center of controversy during his side’s 2-0 victory over Alaves on Friday evening – despite not playing in the match.

The Welshman was left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for the clash at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, but still managed to shine with his reaction to not featuring.

Are they really playing music from Stranger Things here?! ??

Honestly more in love with Gareth Bale than with every little poke-the-bear session he plays with the Spanish media.

— Ben Hainess (@benhainess) July 11, 2020

After Zidane made his fifth and final substitution, the 30-year-old was spotted snacking and kicking in the stands – with his face mask literally over his face and eyes. Clearly envisioned a nap.

Of course, not everyone has seen the funny side, with Spanish outlet Marca drawing comparisons to the infamous photo of Madrid flop Julian Faubert closing his eyes while being replaced.

Chapter 45,285 of Gareth Bale taking the Madrid press for a ride

— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) July 11, 2020

The incident is one of many that have been used against Bale during his time in the Spanish capital, with him often criticized for prioritizing golf over football and his lack of integration into Madrid society. Targets.

This came to light when Wales International held ‘Wales’. Golf Madrid’s banner followed his country’s European Championship qualification in November, somewhat mocking his current club and drawing the ire of the press.

I couldn’t talk to @BuzzBoncath and @mrflag about Wells. Golf Madrid flag, do I?

Owner and Maker, in perfect harmony. And a little message for Zizou…

— Chris Daly (@ThatChris1209) November 20, 2019

While Bale appears unfazed by the media’s perception of him, he has recently spoken out against Los Blancos supporters and questioned the players’ sense of growth at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The wideman has endured a tumultuous spell in La Liga since his arrival in 2013, with his early impressive performances overshadowed by his off-field activities and his injury problems.

Whether or not he will face any backlash from his club for the incident remains unclear, though his time in Spain seems to be getting more toxic.

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