Photo: Cristiano Ronaldo livid with Man United target Gareth Bale

The Portuguese attacker was incensed by the Welshman’s decision not to pass the ball to him in his side’s win over Espanyol yesterday.



Real Madrid got back to winning ways yesterday in La Liga, beating Espanyol 3-0 to record their first victory of 2015.

Gareth Bale has been something of a scapegoat in the Spanish press after back-to-back defeats against Valencia and Atletico Madrid, and with a contingent of the Santiago Bernabeu fans recently.

The reported Manchester United target has been labelled as selfish by the Spanish press, with an incident in the defeat to Valencia highlighted - Carlo Ancelotti has had to come to Bale’s rescue by defending him to the media.

Although the former Tottenham winger got on the scoresheet with a sublime free-kick in yesterday’s victory, he was also whistled by the Madrid fans on one occasion when he opted to shoot rather than pass.

With the hosts 2-0 up and in the ascendancy, Bale stormed down the right and opted to try to score rather than pass to team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal international and current Ballon d’Or holder can be seen as not being very happy, with his reaction to Bale’s decision sure to be analysed in the press.

Ronaldo did not get on the scoresheet for Los Blancos for the first time in a La Liga home game in 15 months and it is clear that his relationship with the world’s most-expensive player is less than perfect.

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