He might be the world’s most expensive footballer, but he is not good enough to make LFP’s La Liga Team of the Season.
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur last summer for what is largely acknowledged as a £85 million transfer fee – more than what Cristiano Ronaldo cost the Spanish giants when he was signed from Manchester United back in 2009.
The Wales international struggled with injuries initially in Spain, but as months went by, the 24-year-old became more and more settled. In the end, he ended the 2013-14 La Liga season with 15 goals and 12 assists in 27 matches.
However, that wasn’t enough for the former Southampton left-back to be acknowledged as one of the best players in Spain this term, as he was left out of the LFP’s La Liga Team of the Season.
Bale should not feel too bad about his omission, though, as Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has also been snubbed. The 26-year-old Argentine scored 28 goals and provided 11 assists in 31 La Liga appearances and led his club to a second-place finish, but he could not beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa to the two spots in attack.
One of the omissions that many Spanish football followers will not be happy about was that of Luka Modric. The Croatia international midfielder was arguably the best player for Los Blancos this campaign, but he has not been included in the team.
LFP’s La Liga Team of the Season: Thibaut Courtois; Juanfran, Aymeric Laporte, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis; Ander Iturraspe; Koke, Ivan Rakitic, Gabi; Diego Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo