Real Madrid lost what was a decisive match last weekend at Camp Nou and their title hopes have now diminished considerably with just ten more matches to go. Signs of frustration were obvious and expected from the Los Blancos fans, but what hurts them the most is the manner in which the game was lost.
For a club owned by its supporters (contributing members called socios), when you know you have the most expensive player in history, you expect him to resolve matches like this. Or at least to show some determination. Gareth Bale, however, has only touched the ball 13 times in the second half, making fans wonder if Real paid €100 million for a player that’s actually worth only €30 million.
Needless to say, the supporters decided to go over Ancelotti’s head and serve their own justice against the seemingly indolent players last Sunday, punching and kicking the Welshman’s car. One particular supporter who did this, though, was identified and, not surprisingly, he is a Real Madrid socio.
The club’s Discipline Commission reunited the next day and decided to suspend the supporter, meaning he won’t be allowed anywhere on the Santiago Bernabeu or the club facilities and most probably he will also have his membership revoked. But after all the squabble the question that remains is: Should Gareth Bale actually be criticized so harshly? Are the supporters expecting him to be the football god that was promised when such a transfer was made? Some have even tried to defend him:
6 – Gareth Bale’s goals have won more points (6) in La Liga than Cristiano Ronaldo’s (5) this season. Wingman.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 24, 2015
Unfortunately, though, irrelevant statistics don’t keep anyone warm when you can tell right away that Bale is simply not the player that should be holding the title of ‘the most expensive player in the world’. So don’t be surprised if this pricey jewel gets sold the next summer for a sum nowhere near what Madrid paid for in 2013.
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