The world’s most expensive player has come in for a lot of criticism this season…
Gareth Bale has been branded a ‘disaster’ by the Spanish media after Real Madrid’s 4-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, blowing the La Liga title race wide open.
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The Welsh star was also slammed as ‘listless’ and ‘irrelevant’ after his team’s embarrassment at the Vicente Calderon.
Los Blancos, who are in the middle of something of an injury crisis at the moment, suffered their worst defeat against their bitter city rivals since 2010.
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Carlo Ancelotti was understandably critical of his team’s performance, “It was bad. Very bad. We didn’t have a single player who had a good game.”
Bale though, who has been the subject of jeering and booing from some sections of Real support, came in for particular criticism and ex-Liverpool striker Michael Robinson slammed him for not working hard enough to stop opposing full-back Guilherme Siqueira who duly delivered the cross for Atletico’s second goal.
Robinson was not alone in this assertion, as Marca gave Bale a rating of just four and a half out of 10, and called him ‘listless’ while newspaper AS described him as ‘irrelevant’.
This comes only a week after he was criticised with going for goal instead of passing to Karim Benzema in a 2-1 defeat against Valencia, a result which saw the end of their 22-match winning streak.