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.
Gareth Bale’s game by numbers vs. Juventus: 0 shots 0 chances created 0 successful crosses 94% pass accuracy pic.twitter.com/vO01ZK7pZT
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 5, 2015
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!
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) May 5, 2015
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…
— Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) May 5, 2015
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.
Has anyone seen Gareth Bale? pic.twitter.com/kqwRZPiIpo
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 5, 2015
Others seemed more concerned about how the Welsh Wonder would be getting home…
And whether he was covered, so to speak…
I hope Bale has renewed his car insurance. That’s all I’m saying.
— Keith Russell (@Keith_Russell) May 5, 2015
The last word goes to Ladbrokes though, with this fine Tweet on the night.
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