When Bale left for Real Madrid he was one of the top young talents in soccer. But from the outset he was iced, firstly by a jealous Ronaldo who set the tone. You could see he was being ignored by his team mates in an effort to get the ball out left to Ronaldo.
The fans started calling him Mr Glass because of his injuries, the players call him Mr Golf, because of his preference for the links over man cave activities with his team mates. He is thoroughly disliked. His goals hardly draw any enthusiasm from his team mates.
All of this despite the fact that he is one of the few RM players who have made an impact on Barca dominance and played a significant role in Madrid's European success . Bale is still breathtakingly fast and skilled....nobody bends it over a wall with more venom. Some of his Madrid goals in big games have been all time greats.
But while the much less talented Benzema is forgiven his poor games....Bale is crudely called out by Zidane....the man who took France out of a WC because he couldn't control his emotions, who seems to have a real dislike for the Welshman.
Madrid don't want him, but he is now an unappealing transfer....old, expensive and injury prone. So one of soccer's great talents stays where he isn't wanted, and the likelihood of fans seeing his full array of talents diminishes by the year.