Real Madrid: Gareth Bale flag celebration 'a bad joke

Gareth Bale speaks to the press

Gareth Bale says qualifying for Euro 2020 will be bigger achievement than 2016 Credit action images

"The most important thing is to focus on football".

During Wales' celebration after qualifying for the 2020 European Championship, Bale was spotted holding a flag that stated "Wales".

The Spurs chief always operates on a strict budget when it comes to transfers and he will have to change his modus operandi if the Londoners are to land a star player like Bale. The club pays him an annual 15 million euro ($16.6m) for his services on the pitch, and not, as outraged Spaniards point out, to make jokes.

The 30-year-old celebrated Wales' qualification for the 2020 Eurocup by singing and parading the flag after Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Hungary.

Daniel James almost added a third, curling an effort narrowly wide of the far upright after being set up by Bale, and then turned provider but Ramsey was denied his hat-trick by Peter Gulacsi's smart save.

The front-page headline of Spain's biggest-selling sports newspaper Marca on Thursday read "Disrespectful".

Meanwhile, SPORT suggested Bale should be punished by the club. "IN THAT ORDER" flag celebration was "meant for the media" amid backlash.

It also prompted scores of memes on social media. "MADRID. MADRID. IN THAT ORDER" - while Real Madrid columnist Tomas Roncero summed up what appears to lay ahead.

He joined Real Madrid in 2013 from Spurs for a then world record fee of £86 million. What happens outside doesn't bother us, ' said Zidane. It's like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday.

With Wales, I'm speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. At least give me an albatross! I will always be behind my players.

Madrid had a awful start after Sergio Ramos made a costly back-pass in the second minute of the match that was intercepted by Willian Jose and the Brazilian forward easily slotted past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. La Real has been one of the stories of the season so far, punching mightily above its weight and has enough attacking talent-it is the third-highest scoring team in La Liga after Barcelona and Real-to cause their host problems. Bale has not played for the club since October 5 due to injury.

That's where the Wales fans got the phrase from, and so Bale posing with it might reasonably be seen as a way of him biting back at the criticism he has received. Gareth Bale worked space down the right flank to cross with his left foot and Juventus man Ramsey rose at the near post to power a header under the crossbar.

"It depends on what Mourinho thinks of him but I'm sure the fans at Tottenham have very good memories of him there".

The slogan has been adopted by Welsh fans after an interview given by former Madrid player Pedja Mijatovic to Cadena Ser last month, in which he referred to those as Bale's priorities.

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