Gareth Bale needs Cristiano Ronaldo's backing, says Frank Lampard.
The Manchester City midfielder is convinced Los Blancos star man should have publicly stated he has no problem with his team-mate Bale, after the Welshman came under scrutiny from the Real supporters in January.
The former Tottenham winger opted to shoot at goal when he had a clear chance, instead of passing to Ronaldo in their 3-0 win over Espanyol. A situation which was blow out of proportion by a minor section of the Madrid fans.
The Ballon d'Or winner has urged supporters to get behind Bale, which hasn’t stopped a few boos and Lampard reckons Ronaldo has to go about it in a different way to show he supports Bale - who the former England international thinks is too kind and needs to follow his instincts when playing.
"I get the feeling he is a nice boy," Lampard told Sky Sports. "There is a bit of ego and he should have some because of what he has achieved in the game, but maybe there is a moment when he thinks 'should I go for goal and take it on or should I look for the other option in case I get criticised?'
"I hope that goes out of his game very quickly because if that is there it is going to affect him.
"If he hasn't passed to Cristiano once and it's not come off and there are a few boos then it's only going to be detrimental to the team and to those two as individuals.
"I would like to see Cristiano come out and say there is no issue because he is the boss really and he maybe needs to say that.
"He [Bale] might come through this phase even stronger. He might beat three players next week and put it in the top corner."