And yet Gareth 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' Bale was snapped getting some shut-eye during Real Madrid 2-0 win over Alaves on Friday night. And it got something of a mixed reaction from fans of his current and former club.
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All in all, it was a fairly colourful evening of non-work for Bale, who was also spotted laughing when Zinedine Zidane made his fifth and final change of the night, bringing on Brahim Diaz for Casemiro.
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