Gareth Bale slams ‘disgusting’ Spanish media over ‘parasite’ allegation | Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has launched a furious tirade against the Spanish media, saying attacks like those directed at him this week could push stressed athletes ‘to the brink’.
Bale has been branded a ‘parasite’ by news outlet Marca and accused of ‘sucking’ money from Real Madrid, despite helping them win 14 trophies – including four Champions League titles – during his spell. nine years at the Bernabéu.
He responded to media criticism for missing Sunday’s clásico between Real and Barcelona by scoring two brilliant goals in Wales’ 2-1 World Cup playoff win over Austria on Thursday.
After the match, he said the comments in Spain about him were “disgusting” and that the publication “should be ashamed of themselves”. Bale took to Twitter on Friday to criticize “libelous, derogatory and speculative journalism” and complain that such reporting had a huge impact on the mental health of athletes.
He wrote: “At a time when people are committing suicide because of the insensitivity and relentlessness of the media, I want to know, who is holding these journalists and the media allowing them to write articles like this. , responsible?
“Fortunately, I’ve developed thick skin during my time in the public spotlight, but that doesn’t mean articles like these don’t cause damage and upset personally and professionally those who receive these malicious stories. I have witnessed the impact the media can have on people’s mental and physical health.
“The media expects superhuman performances from professional athletes and will be the first to celebrate with them when they deliver, but instead of empathizing with them when they show an ounce of human error, they are torn to shreds, fostering anger and disappointment in their fans.
“The daily pressures on athletes are immense, and it’s as clear as day how easily negative media attention could send an already stressed athlete, or anyone in the public eye over the edge.”
Bale is in the final months of his contract with Real and is set to leave the club he joined from Tottenham in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85million.
The 32-year-old was hailed as a hero at Madrid during his early years in Spain. Bale has scored three times in the Champions League final, including a memorable brace in Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in 2018, and has over 100 goals for the club.
But Bale’s relationship with Real fans and the Madrid media soured amid his well-documented fitness issues. Bale spent last season on loan at Spurs and has only started club football once since late August, with Spanish fans and media complaining that he is more interested in playing for Spain. Wales than for Real.