Gareth Bale feels pressure of being a Galactico at Real Madrid training ground
Gareth Bale feels the pressure of being a galactico at the Real Madrid training ground
The Welsh international though told FourFourTwo magazine that the team was aware of the shutterbugs, but preferred not to let their skills be seen because getting tricked by a team mate could be very embarrassing.
Bale was seen getting the ball past Cristiano Ronaldo with a clever nutmeg during the warm-up “rondos” a few weeks after he had signed for Real Madrid. It is quite common to see videos of players showing off their skills or joking around during training, but the stakes are higher than usual at the Bernebeau.
Surreal to be called a Galactico: Bale
"It is a bit surreal to be called a Galactico," Bale said. "The one thing you don't want is to be on the end of a nutmeg. Especially with rows of cameras. We're always getting killed out there – I just try not to let it be me.
"Whenever someone gets nutmegged, we're all jumping and joking around. If you get 'megged, or you go 20 passes without touching the ball, you stay in for an extra go. They'll do anything to keep you in the middle."
Even though the skills at the training ground may be brilliant and applauded, it is not met with the same excitement while used in matches. Bale recently was mocked by the Real Madrid fans during the January’s 4-1 win against Real Sociedad.
The fans who mocked him were upset that he had not passed the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo during the previous match against Valencia, but had gone for goal himself.
Bale has not scored any goals and given just a solitary assist since then.