Real Madrid superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were left fuming at each other following Real Madrid’s victory over Athletic Bilbao, as per reports.
Both Ronaldo and Bale featured in Real’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, wherein goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro helped the Los Blancos further strengthen their grip on this year’s La Liga title. But despite the crucial win, everything doesn’t seem to be alright with the reigning European Champions.
According to Diario Gol, Gareth Bale was left displeased with Ronaldo’s reaction, as the former Tottenham star believes the Portuguese captain is deliberately preventing him from fulfilling his potential and becoming the club’s new talisman.
Due to Ronaldo’s preference to play further forward, Bale has been stuck on the left wing instead of his preferred right wing, where he can cut inside and be more involved in scoring goals.
Real Madrid’s two biggest superstars now seem to be at loggerheads, and club chief Florentino Perez is currently monitoring the situation, and is expected to calm things down as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s main man Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed off by manager Zinedine Zidane 79 minutes into the game, which enormously angered the Portuguese. In fact, the former Manchester United man was seen shouting “Why me? F*** off!” when the substitution board displayed his shirt number.
As per Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Ronaldo, who provided the assist for Benzema’s goal, was aggrieved at this decision by Zidane due to the fact that he had clearly outperformed Gareth Bale on the night, and expected the Welsh International to get subbed off instead of himself.
The 32-year-old is believed to be afraid that his place as Real Madrid’s main man could be under immense threat thanks to Bale, who is still only 27, and therefore, more valuable to the club’s future.