Wales manager Chris Coleman believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is doing Gareth Bale no favours with his actions at Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mirror.
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The 25-year-old has been enduring a tough time at the Bernabeu in his second season, with fans starting to get on his back over his perceived selfishness.
Despite this the forward has still managed to score 16 goals and create six others in 37 appearances this season.
Coleman thinks that his teammate Ronaldo should have done more to protect the former Tottenham man from his detractors:
“When I read some of the stuff out there, it looks like it is being framed as Bale against Ronaldo. There are pictures of expressions Cristiano makes if Bale does not pass.
“Carlo Ancelotti will look at it and if there is a problem with Cristiano he will deal with it in-house, but I think he (Ronaldo) is a personality who wants to score every game, he wants to set records and – in fairness to him – he wants to win too. If he scores and Madrid win, then great. If Madrid win and he is not scoring I do not think he likes that so much.”
He continued: “He cannot help himself, he is on his own little mission. But when the team is playing well or not playing well it is not down to just one player. It is not just Baley. He has 16 goals this season which is not bad for a wide man, and he has loads of assists. It is a theatre out there but he will be fine.”
However, he still doesn’t think that Bale should leave Los Blancos: “Gareth’s good enough to win the big trophies, play on the big stage and play with the biggest club.”
“Gareth is good enough to win trophies and entertain at the highest level.
The pair will be playing alongside each other as the Galacticos travel to the Nou Camp to play Barcelona on Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti’s side need a result in order to arrest their recent dip in form.