Carlo Ancelotti plays down reports of rift between 'selfish' Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
Reports of a permanent difference of ideas between Real Madrid superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been given fresh fuel to following a 72nd minute incident in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Espanyol last night. Cristiano Ronaldo, echoed by a section of the Madrid supporters, expressed furious disapproval at a bit of greediness from the Welsh international, who decided to shoot and missed despite the Portuguese being much better placed for a finish, after an Isco pass had set it up.
Various reports have suggested that Real are considering whether to cash in on the player they bought for a world record £85.3 million in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur.
Notably, this is the second consecutive week Ronaldo has reacted furiously to a Bale miss. Bale had come up with a similarly weak effort in the 2-1 defeat to Valencia last week instead of passing to Karim Benzema, and Ronaldo had rather vocally expressed his displeasure.
Common goal for everyone at Real Madrid: Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti attempted to play down the significance of the incident, saying, "We shouldn't blow this out of proportion. It's one moment in a football game.
“Relations between them (Bale and Ronaldo) and everyone are very good. We are all pursuing the same goal which is to lift Real Madrid as high as possible.
On whether Bale’s selfishness is a chronic problem hurting the team, the Italian said, “The fans wanted him to pass to Cristiano but forwards are determined to score when they are through on the goalkeeper."
"Generosity is very important and if someone is being selfish then we will address it. The supporters are very demanding when it comes to the important players and Bale is one of those.”
Gareth Bale had earlier scored the second goal of the match in the 28th minute by rifling in a stunning left-footed free kick in off the post. The victory gave the Galacticos a four-point lead over Barcelona and Atlético, before the defending champions visit the Nou Camp on Sunday.