Euro 2021: two assists and a missed penalty, Welsh Gareth Bale blows hot and cold against Turkey (2-0)

A fantastic left foot combined with exceptional physical qualities. Gareth Bale, 31, is a player capable of huge dashes but also terribly irregular. While at the time of his transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid for € 101m (then the most expensive in history) in 2013, he was considered one of the future best players in the world, the odds of the Welshman n has only declined over the years and inconsistent performance. Despite 4 Champions Leagues and 2 Spanish Championships with Real, his story with the Spanish club ended in failure and conflict.

But the talent, even used sparingly, stays there. Top scorer in the history of his selection with 33 goals, he had been the guide of the Welsh epic until the semi-finals of Euro 2016, a first for his country. Bale showed it again in the Wales-Turkey game on Wednesday. Its long transverse, behind the Turkish defense, is a real gem. Launched at the limit of offside, Ramsey can control the ball from the chest and adjust the Turkish goalkeeper (1-0, 43rd). The remake of the same action, a little earlier, but this time, Ramsey had missed it (24th).

We can expect anything with him

Bale had started on very high bases in this second Euro match for Wales. But he fell back into his faults by completely missing his penalty (61st) which he sent in the clouds. A miss that will again arouse the debates on him. Even if, at the twilight of the match (90th + 4), he will still slip a golden ball to Roberts for the 2-0 goal. A nice movement following a corner.

This season, Bale returned to Tottenham on loan. Despite his 16 goals, his lack of investment was still criticized. Many blame him for the time spent on the golf greens. Provocative, Bale, after the qualification of Wales for the Euro, on November 19, 2019 had posed hilariously in front of the cameras with a flag flocked with a « Wales, golf, Madrid … In that order » .

If he must return contractually to Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, some media have lent him the intention to retire from football for a conversion to professional golf. “I know what I’m going to do next season. But if I say so, it will cause a scandal, ”he warned mysteriously. As on the pitch, you can expect anything with him.

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