Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has hit out at the ‘stupid’ and ‘ignorant’ criticism from the Spanish media after the Welshman was branded a ‘parasite’ last month.
The Welshman’s nine-year spell at Real Madrid appears to be ending on a sour note with the 32-year-old leaving on a free transfer this summer after making just five appearances in all competitions this term – the last appearance in February. .
His lack of action for Madrid angered Spanish publications after seeing Bale sitting in the dugout for long periods – Marca launched a stunning attack on the former Tottenham star, calling him a ‘parasite’ who had ” sucked the euros from Real Madrid”. .
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett (R) has come to his defense in the face of media criticism
He slammed ‘stupid’ and ‘ignorant’ reviews after being branded a ‘parasite’ by Marca
Barnett insisted his client ‘loves the city and the club’ after winning 14 trophies in nine years
Bale – who has played over 250 games for the club and won 14 trophies in that time – furiously fired back in a lengthy statement on social media, writing: “We all know who the real parasites are.”
And now Barnett has come to his defense after a tense few years in the Spanish capital where his client was criticized for not learning the language fluently and infamously holding up a banner which read: ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid – in this order ‘.
“Bale deserves a big farewell from the club. And no, we haven’t decided on the future yet,” Barnett said in an interview with Spanish outlet Deportes Cuatro.
‘He speaks Spanish. What happens is people who don’t know him say he doesn’t know him. Stupid, ignorant people who didn’t talk to him. That’s a shame.
“He has always been very happy in Madrid, he arrived young, his children were born in the city, he has donated a lot of money to Spanish hospitals for Covid (£400,000 reported) and he loves the city and the club, and I think it’s the parasites who speak ill of him.
Bale drew memorable criticism for holding out ‘Wales’. Golf. Madrid. In this order’ flag
The incredible rant of journalist Manuel Julia Dorado, highlighted by sports mailread: ‘The Parasite Bale came from cold, rainy Britannia.
“He settled in Spain, at Real Madrid, where, masked, he first showed diligence and love for the guest, but then his nature led him to suck blood without giving anything Well, more than blood, he sucked, and sucks, the euros from the club.
“Unlike others of its species, such as the flea, louse, or bed bug, the Bale parasite does not cause itching or disease in its host, but after sucking it, it laughs and laughs at him, showing a pleasant contempt for him from whom he lives.
“He laughs, applauds, throws himself to the ground, sings, like a kind of humiliating ceremony, which, fortunately, has an expiration date, like all misfortunes.
The article was accompanied by a simulated image of a mosquito under a microscope with Bale’s head glued to its body.
Bale is set to leave at the end of the season and has been criticized after years of bad luck at Madrid
He’s been wild for being more focused on international duty than his club, presenting Madrid with a £25,000 bill for medical treatment in England – which he hasn’t been paid for – and ‘disappearing with incredible ease’ from activities daily.
Bale has since hit back at the attack, calling out Marca on social media for their “libelous, derogatory and speculative” story.
Renting sports mail for bringing the story to light, he wrote: ‘The Daily Mail has brought to light this libelous, derogatory and speculative journalism by Marca.
“At a time when people are killing themselves because of the insensitivity and relentlessness of the media, I want to know, who holds these journalists and the media outlets that allow them to write stories like this accountable?
“Fortunately, I have developed thick skin during my time in the public spotlight, but that doesn’t mean articles like these don’t cause damage and upset personally and professionally those who receive these malicious stories.
Bale arrived at the Bernabeu for a then-world-record fee but fell down the pecking order
“I have witnessed the toll the media can have on people’s mental and physical health (sic). The media expects superhuman performances from professional athletes and will be the first to celebrate with them when they deliver, but instead of empathizing with them when they show an ounce of human error, they are torn in shreds, encouraging anger and disappointment in their fans.
“The daily pressures on athletes are immense, and it’s as clear as day how negative media attention could easily send an already stressed athlete, or anyone in the public eye, to the brink.
“I hope that when our children reach the age where they are able to ingest information, the ethics and standards of journalism will have been enforced more strictly.”
“So I want to use my platform to encourage change in the way we speak publicly and criticize people, for the most part simply not meeting the often unrealistic expectations thrown at them.
“We all know who the real Parasite is! »
Bale has always been accused of putting his Wales before Madrid in Spain
Bale fired back at his critics after scoring a brace for Wales in a 2-1 win over Austria – but Marca couldn’t resist another dig at him, claiming he was ” a phenomenon when he wanted it”.
After scoring in the game, the striker appeared to shout ‘suck it’ into the camera in reference to the ‘stray’ remark.
Bale’s Madrid career seemed to be over last season when he joined Tottenham on loan – starting slowly at Spurs but finishing with 16 goals in all competitions, despite an injury campaign.
However, the club didn’t make his move permanent and he ended up returning to Madrid for one final season.