‘Football is very fickle’: Gareth Bale shrugs off Real Madrid praise after admitting he was unaware his club praised him with ‘Mr Hat-trick’ tweet following his treble in Wales’ World Cup qualifying win over Belarus
- Gareth Bale netted a crucial hat-trick for Wales in recent World Cup qualifier
- Real Madrid’s Twitter account praised Welshman by branding him ‘Mr. Hat-trick’
- The 32-year-old was caught off guard by the praise he received from his club
- Madrid fans have previously criticised Bale during the international break
- In 2019 he unveiled a banner reading ‘Wales. Madrid. Golf – In That Order’
Gareth Bale has admitted he was unaware of receiving any praise from his current club Real Madrid, before appearing to brush off their compliment by referring to the ‘fickle’ nature of football.
Madrid branded the Wales forward as ‘Mr Hat-trick’ in a post on Twitter after his three-goal heroics helped his country to a vital 3-2 World Cup qualifying victory over Belarus on Sunday.
Yet while Bale admitted that praise was always welcome, he noted that positive messages can quickly change.
Gareth Bale scored an excellent hat-trick in Wales’ recent 3-2 qualifying win over Belarus
‘I didn’t know they had said anything to be honest. Football is football. It’s very fickle’, he told reporters.
‘One minute they hate you, one minute they like you. It’s one of those things. It’s always nice to get nice words said so it can only be a positive I guess.’
Bale has been on a rollercoaster relationship with the club since joining from Tottenham Hotspur in a world record £86million transfer in 2013.
The Wales forward is pictured in training on Tuesday at the team’s training ground near Cardiff
The forward’s excellent national team displays have drawn praise from his club Real Madrid
Despite helping the Spanish side win two LaLiga titles and four Champions League successes, he has endured an up and down time during his stay in Spain.
The praise for Bale’s Wales displays are a remarkable U-turn from two years ago when the forward was heavily criticised by Madrid supporters following his infamous celebration after helping his nation qualify for Euro 2020.
Surrounded by team-mates he unfurled a Wales flag with the words ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid – In That Order’.
He has previously been criticised by Madrid fans while on duty with Wales after revealing a flag reading ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid – In That Order’ after leading them to Euro 2020 qualification
Bale is back favour this term at Madrid playing under new manager Carlo Ancelotti
At the time of the event, Bale had largely been frozen out of the first-team by then manager Zinedine Zidane.
Their relationship had deteriorated to such a point that after a failure to sell the 32-year-old, he was left in exile, before returning to Spurs on loan last term.
But after heading back to Spain this summer, Bale has been restored to the first-team under new boss Carlo Ancelotti – who was manager when the forward initially arrived from Spurs.
So far he has started all three of Madrid’s LaLiga games on the right side of the attack, scoring in the 3-3 draw away at Levante.