Ex-Spurs star Bale 'best diver in football' - Spanish press

Former Tottenham Hotspur man Gareth Bale made his comeback this weekend for Real Madrid, and is at the centre of controversy.

Gareth Bale was back in action at the weekend for Real Madrid, and made an impact in his 14 minute cameo.

He was brought down in injury time in the penalty area in the game against Malaga, with the referee awarding a spot-kick which Cristiano Ronaldo converted to seal a 2-0 win.

Bale had only touched the ball 12 times during his stint, so will have been glad to have helped his team, but not everybody was smiling.

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The Welshman was dubbed a 'piscinero' by observers, Spanish for diver. One of the commentators to do so was Lluis Mascaro, a journalist and deputy editor of the Sport newspaper.

El Madrid ha invertido bien los 101 millones de euros: ha contratado al mejor piscinero del mundo futbolístico, Bale

— Lluís Mascaró (@Lmascaroserra) October 19, 2013

He tweeted that 'Madrid's 101 million was well spent: On the best diver in football.'

His opinion was picked up by Spanish talk show Punto Pelota who launched a debate asking, 'Bale or Neymar - Who is the bigger diver?'

Barcelona star Neymar was recently the subject of criticism from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for his simulation, later staunchly defended by Brazil boss Luiz Scolari.

Gareth Bale is no stranger to criticism himself, booked for diving on several occasions during his Premier League career.

It prompted him to comment last season: ‘If there is contact then I’ll fall over. What do you expect me to do — hit my head on the floor? I put my hands down to protect myself. If people keep kicking me, I’m not going to stop going over because it’s a foul.

‘It doesn’t bother me. People can keep saying what they want."

Well we are sure after a stop-start beginning in Madrid, negative publicity is the last thing he needs. If it carries on he will have to continue having a thick skin.

Check out the incident below and make your mind up...

Is Bale a diver or is he unfairly singled out?

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