Since his arrival, Gareth Bale has been on the receiving end of high scrutiny and pressure – not only from his fellow team mates but also the fans and dreaded Spanish press too. They certainly do not mince their words.
Having a point to prove, the Welshman has actually made a remarkable name for himself so far, proving that the best is yet come.
The frontman has been scoring goals in major games, including the goal leading to Real Madrid’s draw against Italian Giants, Juventus, in the Champions League.
He also scored twice and notched up two assists against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu leading to a 7-3 win for Los Blancos and has a few more assists throughout La Liga too.
Real Madrid’s top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, even admits that he enjoys playing with his new team mate. He also asked the press and fans to give the player a break and has helped ease his transition from England to Spain.
Over the past few games, it has become evident that Bale has been playing more comfortably alongside Ronaldo- he is clearly starting to feel at home in the white of Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, the team and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti, have all taken to Bale. The two star forwards have scored ten goals between them in the last three league games; the Portuguese talisman scoring eight and Bale with only two, but the best is yet to come.
Bale wants to prove to the club and its fans that it is no longer a question of fitness. Being on top form, the Welshman can actually begin to show the world how worthy his record-breaking transfer deal is.
However, with his price tag constantly hanging over his head – not to mention the ghost of Mesut Ozil, there is still a lot of goal-scoring to be done.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player’s hero Ronaldo has been sensational this term, scoring a total of twenty four goals in seventeen games this season.
Ronaldo is second favourite for the Ballon d’Or and Bale strongly believes that the Portuguese forward is the best player in the world – and is thankful to be playing alongside him.
Even the Spanish press have begun to take to Bale, asking the question ‘Mesut who?’ They have even produced a nickname for their new star – Cannon Bale, and are lauding the partnership with Ronaldo that is clearly developing, and when on song, can terrorise any defence in the world.
So, improving slowly but surely, perhaps highly-priced Bale will show the Madridistas that he has a lot more to offer -more goals to score and titles to win.
He may be no Ronaldo – this season even Leo Messi has been left in the number seven’s shadow – but he is making every effort to click with the team and dividends are beginning to show handsomely.
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