Gareth Bale has once again been the focus of criticism in Spain following Real Madrid's latest 2-1 defeat against Sevilla, with even teammate Cristiano Ronaldo expressing his anger with the Wales winger after the former Tottenham star wasted a crucial free-kick.
After their 4-3 defeat against Barcelona at the weekend, Los Blancos suffered their second La Liga loss of the week at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, leaving them third in the table - three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and two below Barcelona.
Goalkeeper Diego Lopez and Bale have been made scapegoats for the defeat, even though the whole side missed a host of chances during the first half and were wasteful in possession in the second, allowing Sevilla to come back from Ronaldo's opener.
Bale came in for particular criticism at two points in the game. Firstly, when Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca made it 2-1, he was off the pitch changing his boots, leaving his side with just ten men.
Secondly, late in the game he opted to take a direct free-kick that could have secured a draw, even though Ronaldo is normally the man who oversees set-pieces. When Bale's shot went high over the crossbar, the former Manchester United winger didn't hide his disappointment with his teammate (as the picture below shows).
Meanwhile the press also criticised Bale, with Spanish newspaper AS lamenting his poor contribution.
"Not only was he unlucky in the game, but ended his calamitous night when he decided to leave the pitch to change his boots, leaving the team with 10 and facilitating the attack of Seville down his flank to score the 2-1", said AS.
Marca said: "Bale decided to make war on his own. He shot at every opportunity and late on took the unthinkable licence of shooting with a free kick in the last minute. Ronaldo's annoyance was monumental."