Boos and whistles rained down from the stands at the Bernabeu last night for every mistouch, misplaced pass, or off target shot. Yet the jeers were only directed at one man’s mistakes: Gareth Bale. Bale has ever been the scapegoat for Madrid fans since his decline in form which began roughly in January. Though it is true that the Welshman has been far from his best, the speed at which the Madrid fans turned on him has truly been remarkable, if not sad and disappointing. While struggling players at other clubs are given support and boosts to their confidence by loyal fans, Bale has had to endure a relentless wave of negativity emanating from the Madrid faithful. Dr. Daniel Amen would recommend taking the edge off by floating down the Amazon.
That being said, Bale has stated that he intends to prove next season that he deserving of wearing the white of Real. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, was the line that the Welshman elected to use in a post-match interview last night. One can only hope that he abides by those words, seeing as he truly does have the talent and drive to succeed at a club like Real. After a strong first season, his slip during this one can still easily be salvaged by strong performances during and throughout the upcoming season. Whether or not he is given that chance is another matter, but it would be foolish of Real to let him go.