How Twitter reacted to Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid no-show

Real Madrid fans are a famously fickle bunch but it would appear that much of social media was in agreement with Los Blancos supporters about one thing after their 2-1 defeat to Juventus – Gareth Bale had a night to forget.

The Champions League is a trophy that is notoriously difficult to defend and while the Spanish giants did manage to get a precious away goal, they still have plenty to do going into the return leg of their semi-final against the Old Lady of Turin.

Whether Bale starts next week remains to be seen, however, with the Welsh wonder kicking up quite the storm on social media after his ghost-like performance.

Here are some of the highlights from Twitter.

Let’s start with some of the numbers behind Bale’s performance which were, as you might have guessed, pretty terrible.

Meanwhile, for those of us unable to comprehend the most basic of maths, there was also a rather handy heat map available, which showed us, well, I’m not really sure what it showed us.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bale also got the brunt from ITV’s Manchester United mouthpiece, Roy Keane who won the award for bitchiest put-down of the night – you go girl!

Mind you, Bale really didn’t have that many touches of the ball – as Sky Sports News showed us.

And Roy wasn’t the only one to stick the boot in, as it were…

Thankfully there were plenty of people on hand to make light of the situation. This inspired “Where’s Wally?” style tweet was a highlight.

While Bleacher Report rolled out the obligatory Simpsons reference.

Others seemed more concerned about how the Welsh Wonder would be getting home…

And whether he was covered, so to speak…

The last word goes to Ladbrokes though, with this fine Tweet on the night.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.