Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has hit out at how the media in both Spain and England have portrayed the player during his time at Real Madrid.
Despite playing an important part in helping Madrid win four Champions League titles, Bale's game time decreased over time as his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane soured.
Bale was criticised for allegedly failing to learn Spanish and for not socialising with his teammates, while he was also mocked for the amount of time he spent on the golf course.
He has now returned to Tottenham on loan until the end of the season, and speaking on talkSPORT Barnett blasted the treatment his client has received from the press.
"The press in Spain and in England really look to knock their superstars down," Barnett said. "We’ve got a very down press in Britain and I think what they did with Gareth was an example of it.
"Instead of shouting how great he is and taking his side, they come out with some of the most ridiculous things.
"Things like he’s suffering because he cannot speak Spanish. Well it’s written by somebody who knows nothing because he does speak Spanish.
"These little things they write without checking their facts is pretty disgraceful."
Barnett was particularly upset with the mockery Bale received for his golf habits, adding: "A majority of footballers love and play golf. I have a lot of footballers on my books and a lot of them play golf.
"It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my whole life.
"I remember when Bryan Lara, whom I looked after, needed to break the all time runs record, he got up at six in the morning and went and played golf to ease his mind before getting on the pitch to break the world record.
"People do things to enjoy themselves and this stuff is written by absolute morons.
"Nothing went wrong for Gareth. He had a great career there in his seven years. Towards the end it went a bit sour but for the most part it didn’t go wrong.
"He loves Real Madrid, he loves the town. He was also very popular there, contrary to what people have written."
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