The futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were up in the air
amid an avalanche of criticism as Real crashed 4-0 to Barcelona in El
And Bale has emerged as United’s best bet of capturing a
La Liga superstar after they tried and failed to land Barca’s Neymar
The Red Devils have
been trying to convince Ronaldo to come back from Real Madrid, with
Louis van Gaal admitting this weekend they are still in the hunt for
the Portuguese ace.
But Bale’s El Clasico horror show has
rekindled the debate as to whether the Spanish giants must get rid of
the former Tottenham flier.
Bale was judged the worst player on the pitch in a Marca newspaper poll where more than 48,000 furious fans voted.
He was closely followed by Ronaldo in second spot, who was another spectacular flop in the world’s biggest match.
26, was slated by Madrid dailies Marca and AS and is now under enormous
pressure after going almost three months without a goal.
He has scored only twice this season and both goals came as Rafa Benitez’s side thrashed Real Betis 5-0 back in August.
Ex-United ace Ronaldo’s future is also uncertain but Paris
Saint-Germain are certain they will beat the Red Devils in the race to
sign him next summer.
Yesterday, unconfirmed reports went around
the world saying Ronaldo issued president Florentino Perez with a
blunt ultimatum following El Clasico — “It’s Benitez or me”.
Furious fans called for Perez to resign and waved white hankies in
massive protests during Real’s humiliating defeat to their biggest
If Perez goes, then Bale will be finished at the Bernabeu.
faces a crucial court hearing this week as club members brought a case
against him for changing the club’s statutes in a move seen as a way
of keeping challengers for the presidency at bay.
If Perez loses the hearing it will make it a lot easier to topple him.
An insider said: “There is no doubt that, if Florentino Perez quits as president, Bale will be sold
“He has simply not been good enough and, if there is a shift away
from marketing — and football becomes once again the principal reason
players are signed — then Bale will be sold as long as Real can make a
United had a bid of more than £100million rejected for Bale after he joined Madrid.
Spanish giants pipped United to him in 2013 even though it has emerged
they offered Spurs £125m to snatch the Welshman from under Real’s
But unless Bale’s performances pick up Perez will be under
huge pressure — and if he is forced to resign United will be ready to