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Despite his contributions in the Spanish capital, Bale does not hold a good rapport with the club's supporters - and there was of course the infamous 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order,' flag he held proudly when on international duty with his country.
But when you look at all the big-game performances and clutch moments Bale has produced, you can't help but feel he's been treated a little harshly.
A fan has shared a compilation of Bale's highlights at the Santiago Bernabeu, complete with the caption: "History will be harsh on Bale because his own fanbase didn't get behind him. At other clubs he'd get a statue for what he's done."
Some of the goals, many of which were important ones, are just outrageous.
The exquisite side-foot volley against Borussia Dortmund, the ruining of Marc Bartra in the 2014 Copa Del Rey final and THAT angry yet stunning overhead kick after coming off the bench in the 2018 Champions League final to name just a few.
He's scored more goals for Real than both Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane, his manager for a number of years, and yet there's a massive widespread disdain from Madridstas.
The on-loan Spurs man was even booed by 80,000 fans Madrid fans in an El Clasico against Barcelona in 2019.
Bale has opened about how the whistling affected him and expressed his perplexity at the antics from his own supporters.
"I just don't get it," he said on the Erik Anders Lang show.
"Because if you're not having a good time on the pitch, you would expect your fans to get behind you and try and make you do better because that will make them happy. But it seems to be they do the opposite.
"They just whistle you, which makes you feel worse, so you lose your confidence. They you play worse, which is going to make them even more upset. It's sort of a Real Madrid thing. Other clubs do it, but Real Madrid are especially known for it.
"So, I might have just missed an easy chance to score a goal. And the whistles come and you think: 'My confidence is already down because I missed an easy goal and now it's just going even more down.' And the next time a chance comes the goal seems tiny. It's like a putt. The goal just gets smaller."
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