After winning last week’s quarter-final first-leg in Italy 3-0, there were little fears for the defending champions, but a first-half brace from Mario Mandzukic turned the tie on its head, and prompted Real boss Zinedine Zidane to make some big changes at half-time.
Bale was given the nod to start against the Turin side but a disappointing first 45 minutes prompted the legendary French coach to bring him off at the break, with Lucas Vasquez replacing him.
Bale has been linked continuously with moves back to England, particularly with Manchester United, and after tonight’s humiliation, he might be seriously considering his options:
Gareth Bale is over
— Eddie Quist (@AckerooBanzai) April 11, 2018
Bale surely must be leaving Madrid now
— 💢 (@LabileSZN) April 11, 2018
Yeah Bale is done out here
— Jamaal (@JamsXCVII) April 11, 2018
Bale off. He's finished at Madrid.
— M. (@UpTheCheIs) April 11, 2018
Bale is done in Madrid
— Snowden (@Taleof2Citiezz) April 11, 2018
Curtains for Bale at Madrid
— Tim Riggins (@KingsleyMay) April 11, 2018
Gareth Bale is done at Madrid now isn’t he?
— Aled 🏴 (@AledWynDavies) April 11, 2018
Bale off at half time – MUFC in the summer #MUFC
— Paul Webb (@Pajo88) April 11, 2018
Bale hauled off at halftime, it's time for him to take a wage cut and let Poch save his career.
— Jake. (@YedIin) April 11, 2018
Bale subbed? Wow he’s out when window opens.
— Bjorn Ironside (@_Babz) April 11, 2018
— Mark Grigg 11 (@markgrigg123) April 11, 2018
Shall we confirm now that bale is on his way to united in the summer
— Scott Ryan (@scottryanmufc) April 11, 2018
Is Bale’s time with Real Madrid coming to an end?
And with his 29th birthday looming on the horizon this summer, should one of England’s big guns fork out the mammoth fee it would take to prise him away?