Now for a player who isn’t enjoying the best of his times at the Spanish Capital right now. Chances have been scarce for him and frequent injuries have crept in. I am of course talking about the Welsh Dragon, Gareth Bale. Bale is undoubtedly one of the best left-footed Real Madrid attackers in history. His agent has confirmed that he’ll leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and when that happens, he will depart as an absolute club legend. There are no two ways about it. He deserves a respectful send-off as well.
Over the years, Bale has given us moments of absolute magic, may it be the run he made against Barcelona’s Marc Bartra in the 2014 Copa del Rey final to score the winning goal that delivered Real Madrid their last Cup title or the magical overhead kick he scored against Liverpool in the final of the Champions League. Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid legend and no amount of ‘boos’ from the Spanish fans inside the Bernabeu can change that fact.
Much like his magnificent performance off the bench against Liverpool in a Champions League final, his last game with the club will also be another Champions League final against Liverpool. Hopefully, Real Madrid can win the final and give Gareth Bale the send-off he deserves.
He is a magical, gifted player who still has game left in his boots. Look no more behind than his wonderful free-kick against Austria. That was a gentle reminder of his capabilities. It is just that Bale hasn’t had the best of times recently. But, that shouldn’t take away the fact that he is a fine, fine player. There was hardly anyone better than him on the right-wing during his prime.
Bale has scored a total of 106 goals and assisted 67 in his 258 official appearances for Real Madrid. His trophy cabinet includes four Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, and two LaLigas among other titles. He has been a key contributor to Real Madrid’s three-peat of the coveted Champions League. This season too, he started if fine style. Alas, injuries and bad luck has had their say.