Is Gareth Bale in trouble after posing with controversial 'Wales. Golf. Madrid' flag?

Gareth Bale is facing criticism from Real Madrid fans after posing with a controversial flag after Wales' historic win against Hungary.

The flag that read "WALES. GOLF. MADRID. IN THAT ORDER." has been picked up by Spanish press who say Bale posed with a banner that trolled Real Madrid.

The Spanish Newspaper, Marca, said the flag trolled Real Madrid Credit: Marca

The 30-year-old helped secure Wales qualification in the Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win over Hungary in Cardiff City Stadium, but the footballer has been criticised for prioritising international football, and even golf, over his Spanish club.

Bale has been at the centre of a Spanish storm after going away on international duty despite not playing for Real since October 5.

He previously said: "I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales. I've been with most of the older players since we were in the under-17s.It's like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It's normal.With Wales, I'm speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn't change what I do on the pitch. I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that's what I always strive to do."

Bale assisted the first of Aaron Ramsey’s two goals against Hungary. Credit: PA

Predrag Mijatovic, the former Real striker, said Bale's priorities are "Wales, golf, and after that Real Madrid" which resulted in the phrase going viral on social media and prompted one supporter to put those words on a Welsh flag.