How did the press and pundits rate Gareth Bale’s performance in last night’s Champions League semifinal against Manchester City? The game at the Etihad ended in a 0-0 draw.
Here we take a look at Bale’s player ratings from the game from various sources (The Telegraph, the Independent and the Daily Mail) across the global and English press.
Martin Keown for the Daily Mail
Bale was the highest rated Real Madrid player in Keown’s ratings.
Gareth Bale 7.5
With no Ronaldo, this was a chance for Bale to shine. He is world class but was too fixed in the first half. Played with more freedom in the second half and showed glimpses of quality.
Luke Edwards for the Telegraph
Bale was one of four Real Madrid players who were given just 5- the others were Kroos, Lucas and Benzema.
Gareth Bale 5
His form leading up to this game had been described as “phenomenal” by Zinedine Zidane but this was poor. The Welshman seemed more interested in his hair early on and was booed for diving in the second half
James Mariner for the Independent
Gareth Bale: 6
Took a while to get going before growing in stature in final half hour. Went close with curling effort
Sport gave Bale a six, with the trio of Casemiro, Carvajal and Modric earning the highest ratings from the game at 7.
Gareth Bale 6
Got the better of Clichy on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t make a difference. Shot wide from the edge of the box.