Former Wales manager John Toshack has lambasted Gareth Bale saying that the Real Madrid star does not play for the team. The 30-year-old helped his national team notch a draw after scoring the equalizer against Croatia. Toshack, who also Real Madrid for a brief period in his career, said that certain aspects and techniques of Bale’s game make him more injury-prone than others.
Bale has won four Champions League titles but only one league title with Real Madrid.
“I remember one day, against Croatia or Greece, we had a free-kick on the right-wing and Bale runs up at the right side of the ball and ‘pam’, with the outside of his boot,” he told Libero.
“I said to him: ‘Hey Gareth, take care with this [technique]. Ligaments, cartilages, take care’.”
“We had another free-kick and he did exactly the same, but it resulted in a goal and I said: ‘See, do what you want!’.”
“But I’ve seen Bale injured, and many times I think these [injuries] are related to this.”
“Bale doesn’t take part in the game, for possibly for five minutes he is around the edges of a game but he doesn’t participate, and then suddenly he sprints to come back.”
“With him it is sometimes like playing with 10 players. He is very individualistic.”
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