Gareth Bale ruffles more feathers in Spain after sending ‘almost perfect’ message in Spanish to new fans at LAFC following Real Madrid exit

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Gareth Bale was criticized by Spain’s media again for conducting an interview for LAFC in Spanish.

The forward ended his nine-year stay at Real Madrid when his contract at the club expired earlier this summer.

Bale has irked the Spanish media once again

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Bale has irked the Spanish media once again

Bale was speaking to the club's Spanish-speaking supporters

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Bale was speaking to the club’s Spanish-speaking supporters

While five Champions League wins and three La Liga victories ensured that the 32-year-old would forever be written into the club’s history books, his relationship with fans and the local media was a little more complicated.

Bale failed to build the sort of relationship with the press that a player of his caliber would usually deserve, leading to his final years in Madrid being something of a disaster.

One key criticism aimed at him was his reported inability to speak the Spanish language, something that rubbed people up the wrong way.

However upon leaving the club, Bale has proven that he’s able to speak Spanish well after all.

Speaking to LAFC’s Latino contingent in Spanish on social media ahead of their 3-2 victory over rivals LA Galaxy, Bale said: “‘Hello Los Angeles!

“32:52. I’m here in Los Angeles. See you at the game tonight.”


Bale's relationship with Madrid fans turned sour despite memorable moments

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Bale’s relationship with Madrid fans turned sour despite memorable moments

Bale's picked up his fifth Champions League medal last month but has now ended his time at the club

Bale’s picked up his fifth Champions League medal last month but has now ended his time at the club

This led to a response from the Spanish newspaper Marca, which was less than complimentary.

In an article headlined ‘Bale goes to the United States to speak Spanish’, they wrote that he spoke the language in ‘almost perfect’ fashion and that ‘it has taken nine years to hear Gareth Bale speak Spanish well’.

In an interview with The Times last year, Bale addressed claims that he did not know Spanish, saying that the media in Spain created ‘a big drama’.

He said: “I speak well enough to get by and I understand everything that’s going on.”

Bale is hoping to impress during his fresh start in LA

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Bale is hoping to impress during his fresh start in LA

“The press were upset because I didn’t speak to say. And I didn’t speak to them in Spanish.

“So they obviously create this big drama, this big soap opera that I can’t do this and I can’t do that.”

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