Bale Is Important To Me, Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his partner-in-crime and a pivotal element of the famed ‘BBC’, Gareth Bale, after the Wales star was criticised by their supporters at the weekend.

Real fans had jeered Bale for failing to play in Ronaldo for an open goal in their 3-0 win at home to Espanyol on Saturday night.

However, speaking at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala on Monday Ronaldo, who was crowned as the world’s best player for a second successive year; stressed that the Bernabeu faithful know that the marauding winger is a key component in their formidable side.

Madrid fans are always the same. They are very intense, they show what they feel, they’re not liars,’ said Ronaldo.

‘But I think things with Gaz will be normal because they know that Gaz is a very important player for us, a key player.

The incident came in the second half of the La Liga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu when the 24-year-old raced down the right flank and failed to play in Ronaldo – who was charging through the centre.

The Portuguese star reacted furiously shouting ‘puta’ (f***) and some supporters inside the stadium jeered Bale for having shot wide and ignoring Ronaldo.

 ‘What’s happened on Saturday is in the past. Sometimes I commit some mistakes too, so it’s part of the business, it is part of football so I think fans will be nice to him and they should be nice to him.

‘He’s a key player, very important for Real Madrid and we’re going to need him this year again.’

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