In the middle, Aaron Ramsey was brilliant, taking the game by the scruff of the next just like he did in two FA Cups finals in north London. In the middle, spearheading the attack, was Kieffer Moore – who Wikipedia claims is actually a professional footballer rather than a bulldozer which achieved sentience.
Safely back in my house with this piece of Welsh cultural history! I think it’s safe to say that Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid after Christmas!! #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/ya0sDXCP38— Buzz Boncath (@BuzzBoncath) November 19, 2019
Through it all, the Welsh crowd sing 'Wales. Golf. Madrid.' Gareth Bale's order of priorities, according to Pedraj Mijatovic, Wales' fans and – whisper it – Bale's activities. So when Bale was pictured dancing directly in front of a flag outlining those priorities, people on both sides of the English Channel lost their minds a little bit.
Bale's antagonism with his club side has been long established, while the image of Bale alongside the words have sparked a backlash from the Madrid media. There are also reports that the stunt has not gone down to smoothly with the bosses at Real Madrid, who considered it 'in bad taste'.
However, the owner of the now-infamous flag, a man also by the name of Gareth, who goes by @BuzzBoncath on Twitter and first took the flag to the Azerbaijan match on the weekend, told 90min that nobody ever meant to tweak Los Blancos' nose.
The flag was, perhaps unsurprisingly, made by a Welsh company – 'Mr Flag'
Gareth Bale taking the piss out of Real Madrid again, this time in video form— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 19, 2019
Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.
"We're big fans of the team anyway, we were all watching it so it was very exciting."
Social media loves a flag, and Ashburner admitted: "It's all about Twitter, we have a few that blow up a bit. Every flag that we make, even it it's boring, offends someone. Bale didn't say this, someone said it about him! We're all for it."
As for the decision-makers at the Bernabeu? "I'm sure we can work with Zidane if he wants a response on a flag, we can do that for him!"