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Gareth Bale on MLS Clubs As Messi Joins Inter Miami: “They Accept Losing”
- Gareth Bale has compared the difference between European football and the MLS after Lionel Messi's move
- Bale is touted as the greatest Welsh footballer of all time, alongside Ryan Giggs and Ian Rush
- It will be interesting to see how the Argentine superstar adapts to the unique characteristics of American soccer
Gareth Bale has weighed in on the Major League Soccer (MLS) following Lionel Messi's high-profile transfer to Inter Miami, offering his perspective on the league.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid winger, who called time on his career at 33, suggested that there is less pressure in the MLS due to the teams being more accepting of losses.
Bale's comments come in response to Messi's move to the United States after the latter concluded his two-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Welsh international reflected on the contrasting dynamics between European and American soccer leagues, highlighting the MLS as a destination where players may experience a less demanding environment.
"It is a lot more chilled (in MLS). If you lose at Real Madrid, it is like the world has ended. You are crucified. You feel down. You go home, and you're not happy," Bale said as quoted by Tribuna.
According to Bale, the atmosphere in the MLS is characterized by a more relaxed attitude towards losing.
"They accept losing a bit more (in America). There is no consequence. You can't get relegated over there. When you lose a game, you go on to the next one. They accept losing a lot better over there."
Having experienced the intensity of European football throughout his career, Bale's observation sheds light on a potential difference in the sporting culture between the two continents.
"They know how to lose, but they celebrate every win like you have won the championship. He will definitely enjoy it."
Bale's MLS career
During his time in the MLS, Bale featured in 14 matches, bringing his vast experience of playing at the top level in Europe to the United States, per Transfermarkt.
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His most notable contribution occurred during the MLS Cup final when, in the 128th minute of extra time, he scored a crucial header that equalized the game at 3-3 for LAFC against Philadelphia Union.
This pivotal goal resulted in a penalty shootout, ultimately leading to LAFC's triumph and the acquisition of their first significant championship.
Bale chooses Messi over Ronaldo
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that retired Welsh star Gareth Bale has picked Lionel Messi ahead of his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the best ever to win the UEFA Champions League.
Compared to Messi's four at Barcelona, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the UCL five times, including four together at Real Madrid.
This does not matter to Bale, who picked the former PSG star as the best ever to win the competition when asked ahead of the 2023 final between Manchester City and Inter Milan in Istanbul, which was eventually won by the Premier League side.