Madrid - Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's latest injury has
led to heated criticism in the Spanish media that he is putting Wales ahead of
his club side.
Bale has suffered a succession of injuries since joining
Real in 2013 and the calf strain that saw him go off at half time in the
weekend La Liga win over Levante was the fifth time he has had a problem in the
The fact that his latest injury is directly related to the
calf problem he had before the international break when he played two full
games for Wales, has not gone down well among many in the Spanish capital.
He was being used sparingly, playing as a substitute against
Atletico Madrid before joining up for Wales where he gave his all, including in
the second match against Andorra when they were already qualified for Euro
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"It is irritating for any Real Madrid supporter,"
said As journalist Tomas Roncero.
"It's one thing to be unfortunate and we all back you
then but you (Bale) made a joke of Real Madrid, I'll say it clearly.
"You have prioritised your country over the club that
pays you. We are all patriotic but you were classified and still go to the
party, and on top of that play 90 minutes.
"You can not do that it is unacceptable. You cost 100
million euros, the club can not just sit back and let this happen."
The newspaper refers to Cristiano Ronaldo who was in a
similar situation with Portugal and chose not to play against Serbia but
instead return to train with Real.
Bale misses a crunch Champions League clash away to Paris St
Germain on Wednesday with both teams tied on six points from two games.
This latest incident follows controversy over comments by
Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett that suggested the Welshman and Ronaldo had a
poor relationship, which were later denied by coach Rafa Benitez.For
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