Barnett, who famously represented Ashley Cole during the ‘tapping-up’ scandal, has provoked the ire of those in Spain by referring to Ronaldo as “an underwear seller” and suggesting Bale would be the best footballer in the world when the Portuguese left Real Madrid.

Tomás Roncero, a leading columnist in Spanish sports daily AS , has taken particular exception to Barnett’s comments in his piece on Tuesday morning.

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Hot water: Jonathan Barnett (right) has angered some sections of the Spanish media

“To say anything about Cristiano is inadmissible,” said Roncero.

“It demonstrates that Bale has an infantile jealousy towards the Portuguese.

“It’s absurd to even compare him to [Ronaldo]. A quarter of Cristiano is better than Bale,” Roncero sneered.

It is not the first time Barnett has riled those in Madrid.

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Side-by-side? Bale is jealous of Ronaldo, according to Roncero

“It coincided with the disastrous Champions League elimination to Juve, in which Bale was the player that disappointed the most.

“Ancelotti was right to hit back at [Barnett].”

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