Gareth Bale has mocked Real Madrid in public. After helping Wales reach Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win over Hungary, he posed in a photo which has sent Madridismo into a rage.
Gareth Bale laughed and danced with his Wales teammates behind a flag that carried the message: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order.”
The forward can look forward to playing in another major tournament with Wales after helping them secure a place at next year’s Euro 2020 showpieece event.
But while his celebrations will make him an even bigger hero in his home country, it has not go down well in the Spanish capital, quickly sparking a furious reaction among Real supporters on social media.
Spanish publication Madrid Sports was also quick to condemn the £85 million signing from Tottenham in 2013.
They tweeted a video of the incident along with the caption: “We have always defended you, Gareth Bale.
“We have had patience with your injuries, we have celebrated your goals and assists, and we have defended your passion for golf and your limited Spanish. But enough is enough. As it says on the flag, you are laughing at Madrid.”
Bale also faced a backlash from some Real Madrid supporters on social media. It follows what was a turbulent summer in which Bale appeared destined to leave the Spanish capital after Zinedine Zidane publicly declared that the Welshman did not feature in his plans.
The Cardiff-born star was on the brink of a big money move to Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, although the deal collapsed at the final hurdle.
Bale was eventually re-integrated into the first team fold at the Bernabeu, but did not play a single game for the club in between Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia on October 13 and Azerbaijan on November 16.
Prior to Wales’ 2-0 win over Hungary, Bale admitted he was aware of the flag and that he had heard the chant from fans during their triumph over Azerbaijan.