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Gareth Bale is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, with not much football expected for the Welshman if he does stay, but stats suggest he deserves more respect.
For some reason Real Madrid fans have never truly fallen in love with Gareth Bale. Most fans would be falling over themselves for a player of the Welshman's quality but it's never worked out for him.
Whether it's been his 'rivalry' with Cristiano Ronaldo, his inability to adapt to Spanish life or something different, Bale has just never been accepted at the Bernabeu.
Marca report that on Tuesday the former Spurs winger was booed during Real's pre season tour in Canada when he refused to sign autographs for fans.
But the stats suggest that perhaps he deserves a bit more respect than he actually gets:
Gareth Bale's stats at #RealMadrid compared to those of Galácticos Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo. Flop?#Bale :point_down:- Football Whispers (@FB_WHISPERS) July 16, 2019
Games ' 231
Goals ' 102
Assists ' 65
Titles ' 13#Zidane :point_down:
Games ' 227
Goals ' 49
Assists ' 66
Titles ' 6#Figo :point_down:
Games ' 245
Goals ' 56
Assists ' 93
Titles ' 9 pic.twitter.com/lZXM6aBY1w
The 30-year-old has spent six years at Real constantly being linked with a move away from the club but for the first few years that looked highly unlikely.
After coming off the bench to score twice in the 2018 Champions League final, including one stupendous goal, to win it for Los Blancos the Welshman suggested it was time he left.
Zinedine Zidane's decision to quit as manager may have been the catalyst for the forward to stay, with Zidane not previously fancying Bale.
However the Frenchman rejoined the 13 times European champions late last season after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari failed in his absence, suggesting once again Bale would be gone.
There were reports that the former Southampton player was on his way back to Spurs this summer but his agent quickly quashed those rumours, saying, "I don't comment on rubbish."
Bale's wages, around £300k-a-week, makes the list of potential clubs quite restrictive, with PSG and Manchester United previously linked with the player.
Right now it doesn't look like he's in any rush to force a move away from the Spanish capital with his family happy life in Madrid.
Bale has won one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and four Champions League titles during his time at Real, scoring in two of the Champions League finals.
Will he leave Real this summer?
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