Man United’s Ferdinand: There’ll be no hiding place for Bale at Madrid
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand warns Wales star Gareth Bale there will be no hiding place at Real Madrid
Rio Ferdinand has warned Gareth Bale that he must continue his prolific form at Real Madrid.
The Wales international completed his world-record £85.3m move to Los Blancos on deadline day after a summer of relentless speculation linking the midfielder with a move to the Spanish capital.
Ferdinand’s former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronlado joined Madrid in 2009 and has gone on to score a staggering 148 goals in 137 La Liga appearances in just over four seasons.
And the Red Devils defender is concerned Bale could struggle to match his prolific Portuguese colleague.
“He’s a top footballer but he’s facing pressure now like he’s never had before,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“There will be a pressure on him to play, even when he’s injured. And he’ll have to score. And sometimes a goal won’t be enough to keep that crowd happy. Winning 2-0 might not be enough. The pressure is going to be something else.”
He added: “But I didn’t have to get goals. ‘Gareth Bale will be expected to score, and he has to do it with Cristiano Ronaldo alongside him, a player who also wants to score those goals.
“Who’s going to take the free-kicks? The corners? The penalties? At Tottenham he got goals from them. Take those away and he loses 9-10 goals from last season.
“If he’s not taking those set-pieces he’s got to get those goals from somewhere else. And if Ronaldo is getting 50 goals a season, and Bale cost more than Ronaldo, how many must Bale get to justify himself?”