Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale says he ignores abuse from Real Madrid fans and opposition supporters when playing a match.
The Welshman has come under fire in Spain since his world record £85m move despite scoring crucial goals that helped Real secure the Champions League and Copa del Rey last term.
The attacker’s performances this season, though, have dipped while he has been targeted for being selfish after deciding to go it alone rather than passing to teammates when through on goal.
The 25-year-old has even been subjected to calls for him to be dropped and sold by sections of fans following polls in Madrid based newspaper Marca. But despite the mounting pressure he is facing from fans, Bale says he just shrugs it all off and focuses on his football.
“You hear some of the things being said but you are purely concentrated on the game and focused on doing what you are doing,” Bale said when filming a new Adidas advert, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Bale was featuring in the advert alongside teammates Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who revealed he takes a similar stance to unfavourable criticism.
“You focus on what you have to do, on playing, on doing things properly,” Messi said. “We must go through it in every match but it’s no problem.”