Despite being the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale realises that Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘the boss’ at Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday morning as the record £86million deal from Tottenham was finally completed.
But even though Bale has cost such an astronomical fee, he was gracious during his first outing as a galactico.
‘Cristiano for me is the best player in the world and he was a factor for me in deciding to come here,’ Bale said.
‘I don’t think I need to help Cristiano to be the best player in the world because he already is.
‘Cristiano is the boss here – he is the best player in the world. I want to learn from him.’
And the Welshman revealed frustration at the time it took to seal a move to the Spanish capital. Madrid had been keen all summer long but it took until the last possible day to rubber stamp the biggest transfer in history.
‘Regarding my transfer, I wanted to come here even if it was for a penny. Daniel Levy is a hard business man but I thank him for reaching an agreement with Real Madrid,’ Bale continued.
‘I want to win the 10th European Cup for Real Madrid and their fans.
‘I’m very happy and excited to be here. I’m speechless. I can’t wait to start playing for the team.
‘It hasn’t been easy not to have a full preseason but when I knew Real Madrid were interested, I wanted to come here.’