Real Madrid needs saving.
We do have Zidane back with us but there is no chance in hell that Ronaldo is going to do the same.
Because of that, Real Madrid needs a player that can step up and fill Ronaldo’s shoes.
Eden Hazard is a good start but he is more of a provider rather than a finisher or a creator-finisher like Ronaldo and Messi.
If there was one player in the world who we thought could match the potential of Messi and Ronaldo on the pitch, it was Bale.
However, that is not the case anymore.
Here are the top 3 reasons why Bale cannot save Real Madrid and Real Madrid would be better off selling Bale and pushing hard for Neymar.
Gareth Bale is not fit enough
Perhaps this is a problem he has had since his Tottenham days.
Even though the guy is fast and built like an ox, he isn’t really that fit.
He gets injured at precisely the most critical moments in a given season.
Maybe it is because of stress.
Or maybe it is because of his genes.
Whatever the case, the simple fact is Bale is rarely fit enough to play the entire season.
Even worse, this is a peak Bale we’re talking about.
What will happen when he hits 34 or 35?
To be fair to bale, we do think it is not his fault.
He trains hard and looks extremely ripped.
His weight is under control and looking at his Instagram profile will tell you that he takes care of his recovery work rather well.
So then, all that is left to blame is genetics.
In other words, he will never be able to play full 50 odd games for Real Madrid.
Not at peak performance in any case.
That leaves Real Madrid in a bit of a quandary since the club knows it cannot trust Bale for big games towards the end of the season.
Compare that to Messi and Ronaldo, and you will see why every club wants them while very few want Bale.
Bale has never played 50 games in a season in his life.
On the other hand, Messi has played 50 plus games for Barcelona every season since 2008-2009 except for in 2013-2014 when he played 46 games and in the 2015-2016 season when he played 49 games.
That is even more astounding given the fact that Messi has to carry Barcelona most of the time.
He has to run a lot more with and without the ball than Bale.
Ronaldo is also pretty similar to Messi when it comes to fitness.
Gareth Bale still has a lot to learn when it comes to keeping fit at the highest level of the game.
As mentioned before, maybe it is just genetics.
We also have the Brazillian Ronaldo who had to deal with horrendous injuries through little fault of his own.
But that is life.
No one is saying Gareth Bale is less of a man than Ronaldo or Messi just because he can’t kick a ball in a 90 yard square for 8 or 9 months in a given year.
Of course, that does mean that Real Madrid should not look at Bale to replace Ronaldo or become the Messi of Barcelona.
Gareth Bale may have the technique for it, but he does not have the fitness.
Gareth Bale is not strong enough
It is one thing being physically fit.
Quite another being strong.
Messi and Ronaldo are not only the fittest of players, they are also the strongest.
They are able to withstand plenty of punishment on their bodies as they have to do a lot of running.
Besides the fact that Bale is usually gasping for air after a run while Ronaldo and Messi are able to just get on with it, Bale is not strong.
One bad tackle and the guy either twists his ankle or has a thigh problem.
Messi and Ronaldo, either via training, nutrition or genetics, are able to take the tackles that come their way.
They are able to recover well when they are in the air jostling for the ball.
Football is evolving.
Being successful at this game is now less about skill and more about discipline and strength.
Messi is the only anomaly to this rule.
Ronaldo is the perfect example of how a modern-day football player should be.
Apart from the physical aspect of things, Gareth Bale is also not strong enough in his head.
He has problems in games when things are not going well.
He doesn’t like to take responsibility for the game as much as Ronaldo and Messi.
Perhaps that is down to the fact that he is not as fit as them.
It is true that Bale has scored some amazing goals during his peak years, but when we are talking about the top level of professional football, almost anyone can score a wonder goal.
The thing that separates the men from the boys (or the Ronaldos from Ibrahimovics) is consistency.
That leads us nicely to our third point.
Gareth Bale is not consistent enough
He simply isn’t.
Of course, 99 percent of the players playing in Europe do not have the consistency to play either for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
But the fact is, you need to be able to perform week in and week out if you want to be an important player at Real Madrid.
Bale hasn’t done that.
In fact, he has given no indication that he would be able to do that if given the chance.
We are not blaming Bale though.
Some players simply don’t work like Messi or Ronaldo do.
The majority of the world-class players are able to do a bit of magic every once in a while.
Anyone who has seen Bale against Inter Milan and Barcelona would vouch that Bale can certainly score amazing goals at the biggest of stages against the best of teams.
But can he do that time and time again? Season after season?
Again, Bale hasn’t done anything in his career yet which would convince us that he can.
He may have a brilliant game here and there, but he will probably never reach the consistency levels of Messi and Ronaldo.
And we still have not touched upon the most important thing in football by far:
Bale is nowhere to be seen when it comes to scoring goals.
We know that defenders win tournaments and playmakers are very important.
Modern sides also need goalkeepers who can keep the ball and wingbacks who can defend and attack at the same time.
But when all is said and done, the most important goal in football is to score a goal.
When Pele says that the most difficult thing to do in football is to score a goal then you better believe it.
This is where Messi and Ronaldo are on another planet.
They are able to score goals week in and week out without much effort.
Bale has never scored more than 26 goals in his life.
The highest number of goals that he scored for Real Madrid is 22 in 44 games.
That happened back in 2013-2014.
Again, we are not saying Bale is useless.
He is not.
Far from it.
But no one should expect him to replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
He does not have the firepower.
He doesn’t have the mental strength.
And most importantly, he does not have the consistency.
We know that some would say:
Totti did not score many goals either.
Neither did Pirlo.
But both were important.
To that, we would say, YES.
They were important players.
But that is all they were.
And that is also what Bale is.
Bale is an important player at Real Madrid.
He is nothing more.
He is not the talisman Real Madrid desperately needs in order to win big tournaments this year.
In fact, if you ask us, we would say that Hazard has a better chance of playing important roles in important games for Real Madrid and maybe win them something.
What we don’t have is a world-class goal scorer who can have a huge impact on the game.
This is another aspect of Ronaldo and Messi that too few people talk about.
They have so much ability on the ball that whether or not they get involved in the game actively, they are very much involved passively.
Most teams put two players on Messi and Ronaldo.
In fact, most teams change their formations and starting line-ups based on whether or not Ronaldo or Messi is playing.
This is how Ronaldo and Messi are able to affect a game without even stepping on the pitch.
Even when they are on the pitch, they are able to affect the game with their presence and positional sense.
Bale has none of that.
Gareth Bale does have speed.
But as Messi and Ronaldo have progressed in their careers, they have shown that relying on speed if dangerous and one has to move away from raw skills (like speed, agility, and power) to things like tactics, positional sense, knowledge of the game in order to keep playing at the highest level for a long time.
Bale has yet to show us that he is changing his game so that he doesn’t have to rely on his lightning speed.
We know that after 2 or 3 years, Bale will not be able to get past defenders on his speed alone.
He will have to learn just as Ronaldo and Messi learned that sometimes you don’t have to go past players to score goals or have an effect on the game.
Sometimes you do not even have to be faster than a given defender to beat him in a run.
The direction and timing of the run matter a lot more when you are approaching your 30s.
We hope for Bale’s sake that he is able to learn this valuable lesson as quickly as Ronaldo and Messi did.
Till then, our position remains the same.
Gareth Bale cannot save Real Madrid.
Real Madrid should look at the likes of Neymar and others if they truly want a player who is able to have an impact on any game, no matter the stage of the season.