It’s time for Marco Asensio to start for Real Madrid ahead of Gareth Bale

Marco Asensio

For years, any soccer fan worth their salt has known that Gareth Bale is one of the best players on the planet. His talent is, in some ways, unparalleled, he has elite speed and he’s big, which obviously gives him a physical advantage. Seriously though, when English fans say their biggest regret is that Gareth Bale is Welsh (and therefore can’t play for England), you know that you’re a special player.

However, this season has not been very nice to our friend Mr. Bale at Real Madrid. After helping Wales make an improbable run to the semifinals of the Euros after a 50-year absence from major tournaments, Bale started off the season in a relatively non-descript way before getting injured in November. After that he was out for two months, during which Real Madrid fans got to get some real exposure to the academy product Marco Asensio. Though he’s a little smaller than Bale, Asensio possesses almost all of the same skills and in some cases, does them better. He also has provided something Bale hasn’t: excitement.

Now that Bale has returned from injury, it’s actually become more apparent that Asensio might be a better option on the right wing. Since he returned in February, Bale simply has not been himself, whether it’s missing easy passes, not converting, or other basic things that are expected of a world-class soccer player like him. Now, Bale is out again thanks to injury and will definitely miss the second leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Bayern Munich and he’s doubtful for the Clásico this weekend. Obviously, Asensio will replace him in the meantime, but it might be time for Real Madrid to move on from Bale and make Asensio a new member of the Real Madrid Starting XI.

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