Real Madrid fans frustrated with 'ball hog' Bale, says Balague

Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid fans are unhappy with Gareth Bale's reluctance to pass the ball to team mates.

Having scored 49 goals in his final three seasons for Tottenham, there were high hopes for Gareth Bale as he became the world's most expensive player in 2013.

Real Madrid forked out around £85.3m to lure the Welshman to the Santiago Bernabeu, joining forces with Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.

With 22 goals in 44 games in his first season, Bale had an impressive start to life in La Liga, and managed to win the Copa del Rey and Champions League titles in his first year as a Madrid player.

Yet now in his second season, things aren't quite so rosy for Bale. His goalscoring is still impressive, with 14 goals in 30 games, but fans are growing restless over his performances.

The Bernabeu faithful have recently started booing Bale, and it's largely because of his selfishness in possession, leading to some fans labeling him a 'ball hog'.

Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague was asked why the Bernabeu crowd have resorted to booing Bale, and he explained what the former Spurs star needs to do to get back in their good books.

"I don’t think the issue is as bad as the media is making it out, but the fans have identified him as the villain of Real Madrid," said Balague. "The fans don’t like the fact he is a ball hog sometimes, but I don’t think he's that bad. What’s important is that he understands why they are complaining."

"That will make him a better player, the sooner he understands the better. Real Madrid fans like a particular type of player and they don’t stop until they become that type of player – linking up more, mixing the one-twos, dropping deeper for the team – he has to do more of that. That’s what the fans are asking him to do," he added.

'The villain of Real Madrid' is strong criticism for the 25-year-old, but his game hasn't progressed in the way Madrid would have hoped at this stage - and he needs to develop his decision making to get fans back on side.

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