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Giggs downplays Bale’s Real Madrid critics: “Ronaldo had it too”

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Wales boss Ryan Giggs dismissed concerns over Gareth Bale’s constant criticism at Real Madrid by remarking on how Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo Nazario had it as well.

Los Blancos supporters have regularly ganged up on Bale this season amid further frustrations over his lack of form and fitness in what is now his sixth campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In recent fixtures, Bale has even been booed at by the fans with even team-mate Thibaut Courtois slamming him for not doing enough to adapt to the Spanish way of life.

The winger’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, recently hit out against the Real supporters for their treatment of his client and sensationally claimed that they should be kissing his feet instead.

But, for Giggs, these worrying developments in Spain come across as of no concern to him after calling up Bale into his 31-man Wales squad for the upcoming international break this month.

“That [criticism] comes with playing for Real Madrid,” said Giggs, according to Yahoo.

“Obviously, I played for [Manchester] United and you are open to criticism when you’re at a big club. Everyone’s had it.

“The two Ronaldos had it at Madrid, Gareth Bale has it. He won’t be the last person to be criticised.”

Bale has managed 101 goals and 63 assists in 223 appearances for Real since completing a then-world record transfer of €100.8m from Tottenham in 2013.

The 29-year-old has also picked up 13 pieces of major silverware at Los Blancos.

Giggs added: “What’s he won? Four Champions Leagues. Scored the winner [in the final] last year. It doesn’t really need [me] to say much more.

“But when you’re at Real Madrid, and when you’ve got a high profile like Gareth Bale, you are open to criticism, that comes with the territory.

“He’s at Real Madrid. When I played at United and you lost, you have to put up with that, just like you have to put up with the adulation when you win leagues, when you win Champions Leagues.

“It comes with the territory and you have to put with it and Gareth’s put up with it. Great players over the years have put up with that, especially at Real Madrid.

“There are newspapers dedicated every day to report on that club, so you have to take the rough with the smooth. Gareth always turns up, gives everyone a lift and he’s always been brilliant around the camp.”

Wales will first take on Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly on March 20 during the international break before hosting Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium four days later for a Group E EURO 2020 qualifier.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)