Gareth Bale could reinvent himself if he leaves Real Madrid
Welshman has been unable to capitalise on Cristiano Ronaldo move
Three successive Champions League titles had been won, Zinedine Zidane left his post and Real Madrid had lost their attacking juggernaut Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
The stage was set for another superstar to take the reins in a new dawn for Los Blancos. Contrary to expectations, Gareth Bale has not been that superstar.
This was supposed to be the Welshman’s big season at the Santiago Bernabeu but, although ten goals and four assists is not to be sniffed at, he has had a below-average 2018-19 campaign.
Bale was jeered during Madrid’s third El Clasico defeat of the season and his agent Jonathan Barnett labelled the club’s supporters “nothing short of a disgrace”, which saw the 29-year-old cut to evens with Sky Bet to leave the Spanish giants this summer.
Bale's Madrid goal tally, which includes Super Cup strikes, reached 100 when he notched the third in Real's derby win over Atletico.
That goal was a snapshot of Bale at his best as he latched on to a through-ball before unleashing a precision strike from a tight angle.
The Welshman is entering a crucial stage of his career where he will need to adapt his game to compensate for an inevitable loss of pace and a new club with a manager who can assist with that transformation could be just what he needs.
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