WALES’ World Cup play-off hero Gareth Bale has hit back at Spanish press who labelled him a “parasite” – saying “they should be ashamed.”
Rob Page’s men secured their place in the World Cup play-off final on March 29 with a 2-1 win over Path A favourites Austria.
Bale scored a brace to fire Wales into the World Cup play-off finalCredit: PA
And Real Madrid outcast Bale produced the goods for his country AGAIN, scoring an emphatic free-kick.
The Welshman struck again in the second half to extend Wales’ lead.
Marcel Sabitzer pulled one back for the visitors, but Austria were unable to muster a second – bowing out of the World Cup qualifiers.
Bale was not fit for Sunday’s El Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona – but was fit enough to play for his country. A recovery dubbed by the Spanish press as “The Miracle of Wales.”
On his critics in the Spanish media who also branded him a “parasite”, Bale said: “No. I don’t need to send a message, honestly. It’s a waste of my time.
“It’s disgusting and they should be shamed of themselves. I’m not fussed – end of.”
Bale also says he’ll “run into the ground” for his country, which could land him more criticism on mainland Europe.
On the win over Austria, he said: “It was a massive game.
“We spoke about how we needed to perform and we knew we needed to dig in deep and look at our experience in big games. It’s the perfect scenario.
“I can always hit a free-kick if I’m able to play. Nice to see it go in and give us that momentum. The second one was nice as well.
“I had some cramp at the end but I’ll run into the ground for this country and we all did that.”
The Welsh hero insists the job is not finished, with either Scotland or Sweden left to play before fans can dream of a December trip to the Middle East.
But Bale insists he and his team-mates will be ready when the time comes to fire Wales to their first World Cup tournament since 1958.
He added: “It’s half the job done but we’ll enjoy this.
“There is still another tough game against either Scotland or Ukraine and we will be ready for that when it comes.”