Gareth Bale endured another evening to forget as Real Madrid were beaten 1-0 by Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday night.
The Welshman was jeered by a baying Bernabeu crowd as he was substituted in the second half with the Catalan giants a goal to the good thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s strike before the break.
It was enough to seal all three points for Ernesto Valverde’s men and effectively end Los Blancos’ title challenge with Real now 12 points behind table-topping Barca.
Bale’s stay in the Spanish capital is rumoured to be coming towards an end due to his struggles with form and fitness over the last couple of years.
The forward has just 13 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions so far this term and the emergence of youngster Vinicius Junior has left his place in the starting XI in jeopardy.
Bale arrived in Madrid for £90million in the summer of 2013 – but Real will take a big hit on that sum if they sell in the summer – according to latest figures.
Transfermarkt, a website dedicated to football number crunching, now places Bale’s current market value at £63million – almost £30million less than the fee they shelled out six years ago.
He has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United and a fairytale return to Tottenham .
Despite recent struggles, Bale’s time in Madrid can only be deemed a success given the haul of trophies he has collected since making the switch to the Bernabeu.
He has won one league title, one Spanish cup and four Champions Leagues, including picking up Europe’s biggest prize in each of the last three seasons.
Bale scored a sensational overhead kick in last year’s final against Liverpool in Kiev before adding a second from long range as he picked up man of the match as a substitute.
His most prolific season with Real was his first, finding the net on 22 occasions.