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Bale admits to being affected by Real Madrid fans’ boos

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Real Madrid supporters’ notorious behavior of jeering their own players negatively affects the player’s morale, suggests Gareth Bale.

Gareth bale surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo to become the world’s most expensive player when Real Madrid signed him from Tottenham for €100 million back in 2013.

Bale has enjoyed immense success throughout his time at Real Madrid so far. Turning up in finals, scoring crucial goals, and forming an impressive trio with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema – he has been one of the club’s most influential players in recent times.

However, the Welshman is now far from the player he once was. This has seen him drop way down in the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane.

Moreover, he does not have a healthy relationship with the fans. He has been on the receiving end of jeers on several occasions while also being called out for a penchant for golf.

Speaking on Erik Anders Lang’s YouTube channel, Bale feels he deserves more respect from the fans and suggests that their taunts have impacted his form.

He said: “They just whistle you, which makes you feel worse, so you lose your confidence.

“It’s sort of a Real Madrid thing. Other clubs do it, but Real Madrid are especially known for it.

“So, I might have just missed an easy chance to score a goal, and the whistles come and you think: ‘My confidence is already down because I missed an easy goal and now it’s just going even more down.’ The next time a chance comes the goal seems tiny.”