Gareth Bale was accused of not doing enough to help Wales defensively as their European Championship dreams were crushed by Denmark.
Wales were unable to replicate the success of Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals, as they were thrashed 4-0 by the Danes at the last 16 stage on Saturday.
It was an underwhelming performance and talkSPORT host and former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino was critical of Bale’s role in the defeat and his displays overall at Euro 2020.
He claimed the 31-year-old doesn’t work hard enough without the ball, and compared him unfavourably to his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I don’t think there’s any Welsh player that is going to shout and holler at Gareth Bale during the game,” Cascarino said.
“The manager has made it quite clear he is going to leave him on and you get why. He’s a threat when he’s got the ball.
“When he hasn’t got the ball… I ask you one question – who works harder without the ball Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo?
“You mentioned the goal against Germany where he headers it away from a corner and he sprints 90 yards to get on the end of something.
“I would argue Cristiano Ronaldo works far harder than Gareth does.
“No one is going to point the finger at Gareth because he’s on a pedestal, and rightly so because he’s achieved a hell of a lot in his career.
“But he had to help out Connor Roberts yesterday, but he didn’t because he was so concerned about when he received the ball, getting it on his left foot and pinging it 30 yards on the diagonal.”
There was speculation in the build-up to the tournament that Bale may be contemplating retirement.
Bale is due to return to Real Madrid and said at the end of his Tottenham loan spell last month that he knows where his future lies after this summer, but claimed it would “cause chaos” if he revealed it.
Bale walked out on a TV interview when he was asked about his future moments after Wales’ defeat to Denmark.
But he later spoke to the media and suggested he wants to prolong his international career.
“I want to continue to play,” Bale told S4C.
“People ask stupid questions all the time but I obviously love playing for Wales.
“I will play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football.”
Bale has one left year on his Real contract and the return of Carlo Ancelotti to the Bernabeu is considered as increasing the chances of him staying in Spain and seeing out his contract.
Ancelotti was in charge when Bale joined Real from Spurs in September 2013 and the pair won the Champions League together later that season.
Bale called Ancelotti a “great manager” after his appointment was confirmed at the start of the month and said that he would hold talks with the Italian about his future after Euro 2020.
The Wales captain had a fractured relationship with previous Real boss Zinedine Zidane and returned to Spurs last season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions.
By: Josh Fordham
Title: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo works far harder than Gareth Bale’ – Wales star criticised for Euro 2020 displays after last 16 thumping by Denmark
Sourced From: talksport.com/football/902718/cristiano-ronaldo-works-harder-gareth-bale-wales-euro-2020-real-madrid/
Published Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 07:10:46 +0000