Gareth Bale has denounced his ‘disgusting’ criticism in the Spanish media, saying ‘they should all be ashamed of themselves’.
The Real Madrid man made the difference as his two brilliant goals sealed Wales a 2-1 win over Austria in their World Cup play-off.
Much has been said about Bale in the build-up to the match, with the 32-year-old the subject of a scathing attack within the Spanish press.
Spanish publication Marca have branded the former Tottenham star a ‘parasite’ amid outrage the player made himself available for Wales but didn’t feature in Real Madrid’s 4-0 loss at home against Barcelona last weekend.
Bale insists he is not concerned about abuse but added that the teasing was not warranted.
When asked if he had sent a message to his detractors, Bale told Sky Sports: “No! I don’t need to send a message, honestly.
“I don’t need to send a message, it’s a waste of time, it’s disgusting and they should all be ashamed of themselves.
“I’m not restless, fine.”
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The result sees Wales slip within 90 minutes of a first World Cup appearance since 1958.
They host Scotland’s play-off winner against Ukraine, with that draw postponed amid Ukraine’s war with Russia.
And Bale warned that Wales cannot dream of Qatar just yet.
He added: “It’s fantastic, half the job is done.
“I guess we can enjoy tonight as the game is now in June but still a very tough game against Scotland or Ukraine.”
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