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Soccer World Cup 2022: Gareth Bale, the “glory” of Wales and the misfortune of Real Madrid

Soccer World Cup 2022: Gareth Bale, the

The Welshman was injured again after forcing to help his country to be in the World Cup. “He is a fan of Wales. Taking his country to Qatar would be the glory for him,” admits his agent.

Bale hugs a member of the Wales coaching staff, this Tuesday in Cardiff.
  • Bale Three weeks off due to problems in the right soleus

The goal in the final of the 2014 King’s Cup before him Barcelona, in that race in front of Marc bartra; the headbutt for him 2-1 in the extension of the final of the Champions from Lisbon against him Athletic, that same year; the penalty scored in the decisive shoot-out of the continental final of Milan in front of the rojiblancos, in 2016; the Chilean in Kiev against him Liverpool for the third Champions followed by Madrid … Madrid’s history of Gareth Bale (Cardiff, 1989) is full of moments that would make any footballer a legend, but injuries, numbers and reality Beyond the spotlight, they are far from leaving that feeling in the fans and in the club.

The stands and the board of the Santiago Bernabeu live continuously frustrated with the situation of the Briton, who after spending injured the last two months, will now be out for three more weeks after force to play for Wales the last matches of the qualifying round for the world. A historic milestone for your country, which has managed to enter the repechage, and a disgrace for Madrid, the team that pays him approximately 13 million euros net each campaign.

Seven times with Hazard

Statistics say that Bale has played 254 games with Real Madrid since his arrival in the summer 2013. Casemiro and Kroos, which were later settled, add 301 and 328. Since 2019, the Welshman has barely added 23 entries with the whole of Chamartín, sharing eleven starter with Eden Hazard in just seven occasions. Both, world stars, within the top10 of footballers highest paid on the planetThey now seem very far from ownership in Madrid. Outperformed by Brazilians Vinicius and Rodrygo in their positions and by Benzema, Modric, Kroos, Alaba, Courtois, Casemiro or Militao in importance on the pitch, Welsh and Belgian center the Madridista desperation. Bale is, in minutes, the 19th footballer in the squad for Carlo Ancelotti, he played the first three games of the season but was injured just before making his debut at the Bernabéu. Football Coincidences …

Its market value, according to Transfermarket, has dropped to 10 million, a figure lower than your annual salary. A sporting and economic disaster that only has seven months left in effect. On July 2022, Bale and Madrid will cease to be committed, ending a relationship as glorious in titles and moments as miserable on a day-to-day basis. His departure will open the door to equally important salaries, but of footballers who can contribute more on the pitch, such as Kylian Mbappé.

“Wales. Golf. Madrid”

Without Bale, Madrid is second in league one point behind Real Sociedad and leads his Champions group while waiting to play the last two games against Sheriff and Inter. Between the two matches will come the ‘Tourmalet’ league, with four games against Granada, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Atlético de Madrid. Six matches in 24 days to which, a priori, Bale will not arrive, with options only for the Madrid derby. An absence to which they are already accustomed in the sports city of Valdebebas.

Since 2016, when he made a Eurocup Sensational to lead Wales to the semifinals, Bale has looked to the flag of his homeland for consolation for the continuing misfortune he lived in Madrid. The famous banner «Welsh. Golf. Madrid»That the footballer himself held together with his teammates after a national team match has been acquiring over the years a more realistic sense of what was a simple joke at the beginning. Once won four Champions Leagues with Madrid, his priority is another. «He’s a fan of Wales. Taking the national team to the World Cup would be the glory for him “, explained this week his agent, Jonathan Barnett. “He’s smiling all the time,” said his partner. Wayne hennessey. “He has returned before his time because he has made an effort,” he admitted. Robert Page, your selector. On Saturday, against Belarus, Bale, who had not been called up for Madrid’s last game before the break as a precaution, reached 100 games for Wales and became a legend. «The plan was to play 45 minutes. We did not want to risk more, “he said at the end.

The Tuesday night, already aware of his soleus injury, hugged his teammates after qualifying for the World Cup play-off. Exultant despite not having played. An attitude, dedication and commitment that have been missed in the capital of Spain in recent seasons. I’ve been away for two months and I need to pick up the rhythm of matches, something that is not easy, “he valued on Saturday. Now, three more weeks.

Reference from elmundo