‘Rodrygo. Vinicius. Lucas. Bale. In THAT order’: Real Madrid supporters hit back at Gareth Bale after unveiling banner in the stands and jeering Welsh star in victory over Real Sociedad following unpopular flag stunt
Real Madrid supporters unveiled their own banner hitting back at Gareth Bale on Saturday following the Welshman’s unpopular stunt on international duty.
The much-maligned 30-year-old was resoundingly jeered by home fans after being introduced as a second half substitute in the club’s 3-1 victory against Real Sociedad.
And his first appearance in seven weeks was greeted with a hostile atmosphere, with a banner revealed in the stands to show the message ‘Rodrygo, Vini (Vinicius Jr), Lucas (Vasquez), Bale. In that order.’
Real Madrid supporters unveiled their own banner hitting back at Gareth Bale on Saturday
The sign, which was caught by beIN SPORTS’ coverage of the league clash, mocked Bale’s controversial celebrations after guiding his nation to Euro 2020 qualification, which had drawn widespread ire from the La Liga giants’ fanbase.
The former Tottenham star’s antics were also heavily criticised by the Spanish press, and that anger spread to the Bernabeu with every touch from Bale audibly booed live on television.
Bale helped create Real’s third goal against their high-flying opponents to move the title chasers level on points with fierce rivals Barcelona at the summit.
Bale was jeered by home supporters at the Bernabeu after coming on against Real Sociedad
But boss Zinedine Zidane emerged after the game and surprisingly backed the under-fire wideman.
He said: ‘There is a lot of noise over the Gareth thing, but in the end the most important thing for me as a coach and him as a player is to focus on the football.
‘Everyone has an opinion, everyone has their own thoughts, and [the reaction] is too much already. He went to join his national team, he played and now we get him back again, and we’re delighted to have him back.
‘He has given a lot to the club and I am only going to look at sporting issues. There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested.
‘I know a lot of people are, but I’m not.’
The Welshman (second from left) was backed by boss Zinedine Zidane after the victory