Gareth Bale, the captain of Wales, has responded to a story in the Spanish tabloid Marca that referred to him as a “parasite.” Bale has been chastised in Madrid for his apparent commitment to playing for Wales rather than Real Madrid.
Bale, who scored twice against Austria on Thursday to help Wales reach the World Cup play-off final, says he wants to use his celebrity to “alter the way we openly talk about and criticize individuals.”
Bale commented on social media, “The everyday strain on players is great.”
Bale, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a world-record cost of £85 million in 2013, was accused of “sucking the club’s money” in an editorial in Spanish weekly outlet Marca.
Bale has 14 medals to his name with Real, including four Champions League crowns, but he has been chastised for his injury record, particularly in recent seasons. The 32-year-contract old’s expires this summer, and he has declined to comment on his future during news appearances in Wales.
Marca’s front-page headline was a sarcastic: “It doesn’t hurt anymore,” after he was photographed smiling while exercising with Wales this week, just days after missing Madrid’s crushing defeat to Barcelona.
Bale has only played two hours of football for Real in the previous six months, and has only made two appearances since the November international window. After his great performance against Austria, the former Tottenham striker did not respond to his detractors, but he did imply to being upset by the attention he has gotten.
He told Sky Sports, “I don’t need to convey a message.” “I’m not going to say anything since it’s a waste of time. “It’s revolting. They should be embarrassed by their actions. End of story. I’m not bothered. “If I am able to play, I can strike a free-kick. It was satisfying to see it enter.”
Bale’s social media comments expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Spanish media has covered him.
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