Gareth Bale: A great player with many unknowns
The mystery of a player who has two sides to his career, with his nation and with his club
The man who is loved in his country: He performs on a high level in every match and national call, scored 38 goals in 103 matches, and now has made history as he captained Wales to reach the World Cup after 64 years.
This is entirely the opposite of what happens with him at club level, at Real Madrid, where the striker seems to be unhappy, but comfortable without playing, as he took part in just 5 games out of 38, scoring one goal and watching almost every match on the bench laughing with another teammate. Somehow, Gareth Bale is not the same person in the Spanish capital as the one who enjoys football with his country.
Nevertheless, this situation is not new, the Welsh is participating less year after year since 2018, after the Champions League final in which he scored two goals to beat Klopp's Liverpool by 3-1. He even tried to recover his confidence and his level in his former club Tottenham, where he returned on loan in the 20-21 season. He managed to score 16 goals in 34 games, but this wasn't enough to convince Spurs to pay Bale's entire salary, so he returned to Spain.
Ending the season with almost no appearances, Los Blancos announced that the striker is gonna leave the club after nine years. This made "The Golfer", as his friends call him, speak to international media in Cardiff a few hours after the victory against Ukraine.
"I'm not going to retire, I am playing the World Cup and have many club's offers" These were Gareth's words. We don't know where will he end up playing, but we all wish he gets back on the level that made Real pay 101 million euros for him, back in 2013.
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