Gareth Bale Speaks on His Relationship With Ronaldo During His Real Madrid Stint

Gareth Bale Speaks on His Relationship With Ronaldo During His Real Madrid Stint

Ero Samson
updated at July 13, 2023 at 5:37 AM
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  • Gareth Bale played for Real Madrid between 2013 and 2022
  • The former Tottenham forward won the UCL five times during his stay at the Spanish club
  • The Welsh man reflected on his spell in the Spanish capital, and his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale in December brought to an end his illustrious trophy ladened career, after successfully guiding Wales to their first FIFA World Cup tournament in 64 years.

The Welshman played for a number of clubs including Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and ended his club career in MLS with LAFC.

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Gareth Bale won the UCL five times during his stay at Real Madrid.
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But it was with Real Madrid that he enjoyed his greatest success, winning La Liga three times and being crowned European champion on five occasions.

In a recent interview with The Times, the former Real Madrid man was quizzed about his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, of which he indicated the latter was difficult to be around after a game if he failed to score, even if the team won.

“I never had a single problem with Ronaldo or anybody at Real Madrid,”
“I don’t think I had an argument with anyone. Even through the hard times, it was good in the changing room.
“I really enjoyed my time there apart from a few moments where it was difficult on the pitch. I have no regrets. I made the right decision.
“Cristiano and Benzema were big reasons why I joined Madrid, to play with them and the others like Modric, Alonso and later, Toni Kroos.
“I never wanted to be a Galactico. I just wanted to play and then disappear into the dark.”

Bale's passion for Golf

Bale is currently focusing on his lifelong passion of playing golf with a return to football unlikely for the 33-year-old in future.

He recently appeared in the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am line-up, as part of his plan to potentially play golf professionally in the years ahead, with a second Pro-Am slot lined up for September according to NBC Golf channel

Bale picks Messi above Ronaldo

Sports Brief previously reported Gareth Bale had opted for Messi ahead of Ronaldo as the greatest player to ever grace the UCL.

Bale’s choice has since fuelled the endless debate on who the greatest of all time is between the former Barcelona captain and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).