“Let him go if he wants to! We have Gareth Bale to lead us to victory,” they said less than a year ago when former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo decided to sign with Juventus in July of 2018, to play in Italy for a massive €100 million contract.
8 months since Ronaldo bid adieu to Spain and Los Blancos have found themselves in one of the biggest slumps of their entire history.
Losing badly to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the round of 16 matchup, the Luca Modric-led team was knocked out of the Champions League in a 1-4 (3-5 on aggregate) goals defeat.March 5, 2019
While the Dutch football club were nearly perfect during last night's showdown, the spotlight was drawn on the unbelievably disappointing end of the Champions League reign of Real Madrid who were not only the most recent trophy holders, but also have seen the most success in the history of the annual club football competition with 13 titles in total.
However, the player who came under the bus during yesterday's shameful loss was the Wales international Gareth Bale, who started the match sitting on the bench but entered the game in just 30 minutes after Lucas Vazquez suffered an injury.
Bale, who hasn't scored at home for Los Blancos at home this year, suffered to find the net yet again and despite shooting for the post once, failed to impress the Real Madrid fans.
To make things worse, Bale, who has the infamous reputation of being injury-prone, twisted his ankle while going for a header and ended up on the grass, crying in pain.March 5, 2019
His 'okay-ish'(?) performance was not appreciated by the people of Madrid who even went on to vote the 29-year-old as the worst Real Madrid player to play in yesterday's Champions League loss.
Such stark difference in the performance of an organisation like Real Madrid, who looked more like a middle-order team this season instead of the champions they were, led to people speculating the absence of Ronaldo's brilliance that he used to bring to the table as the reason behind Real's downwards spiral and how Gareth Bale has failed to fill the Portuguese's shoes.
When Perez asked Bale to step into Ronaldo's shoes pic.twitter.com/9MyTS5EU3k— Chidiebere Ogu ™ï¸ (@chyngyozil) March 5, 2019
Madrid underestimated Ronaldo.
You don't lose 1 of the best ever players, replace him with a mortal in Bale and expect the same.
Bale doesn't have the personality. Ronaldo is weirdly unphased by hate. It's weird. The more u boo the better he is since United days. No replacing him
Get bale out the club man kmt he's not half the man ronaldo is— Ronaldo (@audsldn) March 5, 2019
Garett Bale's agent said the Real Madrid fans don't appreciate Garey Bale enough? Lmaooo
Ronaldo broke their all time goal scoring record and they still booed him when he had bad games, and you're talking about Gareth Bale!?
BALEEEEEEE ?????? pic.twitter.com/xEALvOR9Wh
remember when people would make the excuse "Bale doesn't perform because Ronaldo is selfish" hahaha what a joke— Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) March 5, 2019
He thought his Golden boy nkomo Bale had what it takes to replace Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/cxk87eLues— ×¢Ö´×Ö¸Ö¼× ×Ö¼×× (@G_ee010) February 27, 2019
Bale: "We are more of a team now that Ronaldo is gone."
Carvajal: "Raul's career at Real Madrid was better than Cristiano's."
Ceballos: "You won't notice Ronaldo's absence."
Benzema: "I used to play for Ronaldo, but now I'm the leader." pic.twitter.com/vUusVDJER4