The Welsh wizard was supposed to take the world by storm as he made his world record move to Real Madrid but it did not pan out accordingly.
Zinedine Zidane has been trying to get rid of Gareth Bale for two years now but the Welshman is still in his roster.
The Frenchman likes to put him on the bench when can and only gives him first team minutes when his hand is forced. But this has not stopped him from trying.
Bale remains one of the hardest working players at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos attests to it, so did Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Bale remains unwelcomed but is priced out of a move away. We look at what went wrong for him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Partnering Cristian Ronaldo
Bale had an unconvincing first year at the Bernabeu and it all went downhill from that. He was supposed to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s output but never came close to replicating it.
This put more pressure on him. As Ronaldo bagged one Ballon d’Or after another, Bale was consigned to his shadows. And every time he failed; his transfer fee was brought in to remind what a waste of money he was.
It did not help Bale’s cause that he was on the treatment table more often than not. Every time that it was felt he was back in the groove; an injury would hamper his progress.
No one likes to have a star player that they cannot rely upon. On the other hand, Neymar was firing on all cylinders to make his output look worse.
Passion and Language
“Football is a job for me, and golf is my love.”
When you say statements like these, it does not help your cause. Especially if you already have Madridista calling for your head.
The whole issue is compounded by the fact that Bale still cannot speak Spanish after six years in Madrid.
Replacing Mesut Ozil
Last but not the least, Bale’s arrival meant curtains for Mesut Ozil. It looks ironic in hindsight that Los Blancos got rid of a great serviceman for one who has constantly under delivered.
For a club of Real Madrid’s stature, they could have kept both of them. They could have shared minutes on the pitch, especially given Bale is hardly ever present for the roll call.
But it panned out as it did. Gareth Bale came and Ozil was shown the door. Ronaldo did not like it, neither did Ramos or Arbeloa. All three were captains and vice captains of the team.