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"I was in Barcelona and I was told that this year Real Madrid have €500m to spend", Capello told Sky Sports Italia.

"The pity is that [Bale] had a chance to score, and I am sorry for him", Zidane said.

Marcelo has admitted Real Madrid have been "really, really damaged" by a disappointing season after Karim Benzema's hat-trick secured a 3-0 LaLiga victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Although it is hardly a huge achievement, Madrid can certainly still steal second place from Atletico in their final five games, with Diego Simeone's men just four points ahead.

Benzema's treble at the Bernabeu took him to 21 La Liga goals for the season, moving him to second in the scoring charts behind Lionel Messi, and gave him 30 in all competitions. "For me he is the best, but others might disagree". With Martin Ødegaard and Rodrygo Goes making their way to the Spanish capital, suddenly Real Madrid has 5 players for one position.

Bale and Benzema with the gargantuan task of filling the void left by Ronaldo's departure for Juventus last summer and while Bale seems to have shrivelled under the weight of expectation, Benzema has thrived.

The 31-year-old has also incredibly scored each of Real Madrid's last eight goals, beating former club striker Fernando Morientes' club record of six in a row set in 1999.

But the breakthrough did arrive early in the second half courtesy of the in-form Benzema, and he added two well-taken finishes late on to wrap up a fairly straightforward win over Champions League-chasing Athletic. Asensio crossed for Benzema to head home.

Zidane said he did not understand why the fans behaved like this towards Bale, especially as they applauded Isco, who came on the field at the same time.

And, in stoppage time, Benzema scored the best of the lot as he profited from a defensive mix-up to score with a long-range lob.

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