Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale: Cristiano Ronaldo still main man at Bernabeu

Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale insists Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man at Los Blancos

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Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from United in 2009 Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Gareth Bale insists Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man at Real Madrid after the Tottenham Hotspur winger completed a world-record £85.3m move to the Bernabeu on Monday.

The 24-year-old, who scored 21 Premier League goals last season, has put pen to paper on a six-year deal with the La Liga runners-up after successfully completing a medical at Madrid.

Following his unveiling to the world’s media, Bale, who will wear the number 11 shirt, was introduced to an estimated 25,000 Madrid supporters at the club’s stadium.

And in a news conference on Monday afternoon, Madrid’s new signing hailed Ronaldo as the best player in the world and added he wants to learn from the former Manchester United star.

“For me, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world,” Bale said. “His presence played a big part in my decision to join Madrid. It will be an honour to play alongside him.

“What about penalties and free kicks? Ronaldo is the boss here at Madrid. Let’s see what he says.

“I don’t need to help Ronaldo to be the best in the world – he has already shown it.”

Bale insisted he will not be fazed by his world-record tag, adding the biggest pressure for the new signing will be helping Madrid win silverware.

“The transfer fee is not something that affects me. It’s something between Madrid and Spurs. It only brings extra pressure if I want it to,” Bale added.

“The biggest pressure here is to help Madrid win trophies. I want to win silverware here and help the club win the Champions League.”

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