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Barca legend slams Bale

Hristo Stoichkov believes Bale has been disrespectful

By | 29th August 2013
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Former Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov spoke out to slam Gareth Bale for his recent actions relating to his transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid. Bale refused to show up for training on Wednesday, prompting the Bulgarian to make his comments.

Stoichkov, who scored 77 goals while playing for Barcelona, believes Bale did his Spurs teammates a disservice by skipping training ahead of a move to Spain. The former Bulgarian national team manager revealed his belief that no English footballer has ever done well playing in La Liga (despite Bale being Welsh).

“Bale has shown a lack of respect toward his Tottenham team-mates by not showing up for training. If Bale is worth €100m, I would have been priceless. No Englishman [sic] who came to Spanish football has ever succeeded,” the Bulgaria legend told Onda Cero, according to

Barcelona won the title decisively over La Liga rivals Real Madrid last year, earning 100 points to second place Real’s 85. Real have looked to strengthen with Bale this summer, who was sensational for Tottenham last season. Bale won both the Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year award, becoming the first player to do so since Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo achieved it with Manchester United.

Tottenham have spent nearly £90 million this summer on new players, bringing in Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, and Erik Lamela, who was signed in a £30 million deal that was confirmed by Roma on Wednesday.

Reader Comments

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  1. Mark Walledge says:

    Why is no one mentioning that we have already recouped most of what we have spent this year thought outgoings. When you think of the wages some of those who have left were on then I think its easy to see where the money has come from.

  2. Rubel Raj says:

    gareth bale is a welsh evil & so disrespectful that the curse of tottenham fan got you in the bench of madrid, you are flop already, modric was the worse signing &you will be biggest flopp of all you dirty ungratefull welsh hambaaaaaaaa.

  3. Seem to remember mcmanaman playing for Madrid for years and scoring in champs league final.

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