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Gareth Bale's expected transfer to Real Madrid will make the Tottenham star the most expensive player in the history of the game, with the Wales international likely to join the Spanish giants for £86 million.

This fee would surpass the £80 million paid by Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, and would place Bale under intense pressure to reach the heights the Portugal captain has scaled during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The burden of expectation will weigh heavy around Bale's neck when he moves to Madrid, but there will be far more pressure in Spain than there will be back home in the United Kingdom, given the history of similar transfers.

Bale's transfer presents somewhat of an anomaly, with players to have progressed through the academies of English teams very rarely moving onto more prominent clubs overseas.

And of those few players to move abroad, even less make a success of their transfer to an unaccustomed league. Here are just a few examples...

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