Former Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has come out in support of current Los Blancos forward Gareth Bale after the Welshman came under intense criticism following the team’s loss in Turin in the Champions League.
The holders went down 2-1 against Juventus in the semi-final first leg, and Bale was criticised by both the UK media, with TV pundit Roy Keane particularly scathing, while Madrid-based daily Marca refused to give Bale a rating for his performance.
But Kaka told Sky Sports that the 25-year-old, who has scored for Madrid in the finals of the Copa del Rey, Champions League and World Club Cup, should use the tough times as motivation. He added that even Cristiano Ronaldo gets booed by some sections of the Madrid support, so everyone should be prepared to be criticised.
“I’ve never played with Bale but I would say to him to use the pressure to help himself grow his motivation and confidence,” he commented.
And he went on: “At Madrid, pressure is normal. It’s not just with him, it’s with everybody. Even Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won two Ballons d’Or with Real Madrid, receives whistles from the Bernabeu.He needs to use this opportunity to get stronger. That is my advice for Bale.”