GARETH BALE hit back at Spanish press who labelled him a “parasite” – saying “they should be ashamed.”
Wales secured their place in the World Cup play-off final on March 29 with a 2-1 win over Path A favourites Austria.
Gareth Bale hit back at the Spanish press after his match-winning performance against WalesCredit: PA
And Real Madrid outcast Bale produced the goods for his country AGAIN, scoring an stunning free-kick before striking 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.
And Spanish media have since savaged Bale with headlines including ‘The Miracle of Wales’ and ‘It doesn’t hurt any more’ while the out-of-favour star was also mocked up as 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.”
And Bale is ready to wind his continental critics up even more as he admitted he is ready to “run into the ground” for his country.
On the win over Austria, he added: “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 Ukraine 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 admitted: “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.”
Marca’s front page read ‘now it doesn’t hurt’ after Bale’s recovery to play for Wales