Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard says criticism of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is harsh and is leading to him making unselfish decisions on the pitch.
The Welshman enjoyed a superb first season in the Spanish capital, scoring in the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals as Los Blancos finally ended their 12-year wait for La Decima.
He also netted in the Club World Cup final earlier this campaign, meaning he’s scored in three of the four finals he’s won as a Real Madrid player. This season has also been a productive one for the 25-year-old as he’s scored 14 times and assisted eight others in 33 appearances.
But he’s come in from criticism from sections of the Madrid support for being too selfish and not passing to team mates who are in a better position to score.
In quotes published by AS, Lampard, who will join New York City at the end of the campaign, said Bale needs to be more selfish and added the criticism is playing on his mind during games.
“He’s got to be more selfish. I get the feeling he is a nice boy,” the ex-Chelsea man stated. He added: “There is a bit of an ego and he should have some because of what he has achieved in the game, but maybe there is a moment when he thinks ‘should I go for goal and take it on or should I look for another option in case I get criticised?'”