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Bale makes it clear he considers Ronaldo the boss

By Agence France-Presse in Madrid | China Daily | Updated: 2013-09-04 07:46

Bale makes it clear he considers Ronaldo the boss

Gareth Bale of Wales kisses his new Real Madrid club jersey at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sept 2, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

Gareth Bale insists he will not be overcome by the pressure of his huge price tag after being officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player in front of 20,000 fans on Monday.

Bale's protracted transfer from Tottenham Hotspur was finally completed on Sunday evening, with contrasting reports over whether he had become the most expensive player in the history of the game.

English media reported Bale's transfer had broken the record Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago at 101 million euros ($133.5 million), while in Spain reports citing Real Madrid sources said the deal was concluded for 91 million euros, three million less than the sum paid for Ronaldo.

Bale refused to clarify the situation, saying he was more focused on living up to the standards he sets for himself on the pitch.

"I wanted to come here even if it was for a penny," he told a packed media conference.

"I don't think any player really knows their price tag. It is something between the two clubs and not my place to say.

"The pressure is just as much pressure as I put on myself. I have come here to play the best football I can and I'm going to give 100 percent to try to help the team to win things."

There has been fevered conjecture over how Ronaldo and Bale will co-exist on and off the field.

Bale makes it clear he considers Ronaldo the boss

But the Welshman went out of his way to reiterate his belief that it is the Portuguese star who remains the better player and more senior figure on the club.

"Ronaldo is the boss here, he's the main player and the best player in the world so I want to learn off him," said Bale.

"It will be an honor to play with him. I think we'll have a great team and I hope we win a lot of trophies together."

The 24-year-old arrived in the Spanish capital on Sunday night before undergoing a medical on Monday morning, which he passed without any problems despite coming off a foot injury that has sidelined him since mid-July.

Bale will fly back to Britain to join the Wales squad on Monday evening ahead of its World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia in the coming week.

And he is hoping the practice gained in those matches will mean he will be ready to make his debut when Real travels to Villarreal on Sept 14.

"It's well known I had a slight injury which took me a bit of time to get over, but I always wanted to be here in the white shirt of Madrid and hopefully I can get match time with Wales and come back fit," said Bale.

"I feel like I am in good shape. I need to take it step by step, but I hope to be involved in the Villarreal game."

Earlier, Bale delighted adoring fans at the Santiago Bernabeu by greeting them in Spanish and taking to the pitch in his No 11 Real shirt for the first time to fire several balls into the crowd.

Club president Florentino Perez handed a warm welcome to his latest star signing by lauding the qualities that led Bale to being crowned the players' and soccer writers' player of the year in England last season.

"We are in this temple of Real Madrid to incorporate a new man who knows very clearly what are the values of this club," Perez said.

"Gareth, you are going to help us to make the legend of this club even greater and stronger. This is your stadium, your shirt, your badge and your fans. From today, this is your home."

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