As Real Madrid's worst season since the turn of the century, it ended up pouting under the chorus of the Bernabéu believer Gareth Bale. As all too often in this miserable season, Bale was just a spectator for Madrid's 2-0 loss to Real Betis. He watched from the bench, but never made it to the pitch affront to the man who came to Madrid to make a dream come true and get away from a nightmare.
It's a shame that things had to end this way, though an ugly close to a strangely underrated six-year miraculous success felt unavoidable for months. What should be the best news for the Welshman – Cristiano Ronaldo's departure last summer – quickly became the worst. The spotlight, so focused on Ronaldo, in fact turned to Bale as the Portuguese attacker set off for Italy, but instead of illuminating Bale's overlooked capabilities and contributions in a potentially bale-landed season, the harsh glow only failed after Bale's shortcomings and deficiencies compared to Ronaldo during one of the worst seasons of Real Madrid in modern times, the worse.
When Bale could have caught up in Ronaldo's absence, he resigned and put together his worst possible individual season of his career. And it felt like everyone was bitter – from the fans to the three (!) Madrid managers to his team-mates and even to his former biggest champion, club president Florentino Pérez. With the rise of Vinícius Júnior this season and the imminent arrival of Eden Hazard this summer, there is no room for Bale in the Bernabéu, either on or off the field.
And so the biggest question for Real comes this summer, which is bigger than any other incoming referral: Where the hell are they going to send their Welsh malcontents? Although Bale is only 29 years old, he has not been healthy or healthy throughout years. He allegedly earns almost 400,000 euros a week, an incredibly large number, even in today's capitalistic fever dream of a football transfer market. It's incredibly difficult to imagine a club that could or could take him at his age with his injury history and huge salary.
Chelsea would probably be the most tempting option as they are almost certainly going to lose hazard this summer, and Bale has previously gone through the Premier League hard. However, the blues are faced with a two-window transfer ban and may not even be able to compete in the race if the penalty for the upcoming summer window can not be delayed during the appeal process. Manchester United also need a facelift to sixth place in the Premier League, but after their experience with Alexis Sánchez, they may not have the idea of distributing a shipment of money to another aging star.
There are few credible reports that PSG could go for a big shopping spree at Real, though this might be the best target for Bale if these rumors are true: a front by Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Bale would like the French league more easily than ever before, and the lower domestic load on Ligue 1 could help Bale stay healthy for the major Champions League games.
The problem is that the value of Bale, especially in comparison, has never been lower to what it will cost. That was one of the reasons why manager Zinedine Zidane decided not to play Bale anymore (he has not played any games since the end of April). Had Zidane Bale put in a spin during meaningless games in the late season, burned a few defenders in a sprint and scored some goals, Bale could have reminded clubs around the world that he was still close to "It" Has. and, in turn, convince someone to make the substantial money needed to lure Bale away.
Instead, Real lost 12 league games this season, five of them at the Bernabéu sneaked away for what appears to be the last time, avoiding the last whistle and bust, but also missed a real farewell. If the Madrid fans were honest, they would have to admit how much Bale enriched them with his presence, regardless of his mistakes. The man was an assassin in big games for Real, scoring the last two Champions League finals victories and murdering poor Marc Bartra in the Copa del Rey 2014 final with one of the best displays of speed you'll ever see:
The memories of the many, many great things that Bale did in Madrid are in danger of being forgotten and overwhelmed by the emotion be replaced, to be a failure. more spirit of vague disappointment as an important presence to promote winning. That's why Bale, though he would have been ruthlessly booed by his own fans, earned a last moment before them as the conclusion of the era. At least the fans would have shown that they remember him, his unfulfilled potential as world champion and his failures this season. Instead, Bale left a last indignation in a deafening silence in a time of melancholy and discontent.