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Bale & Neymar must not live in shadow of superstars

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Gareth Bale's long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid has finally happened as earlier today he was unveiled to the Bernabeu faithful.

The Welshman's deal to the Spanish giants is a reported world record fee of £86 million - £6m more than the previous record set by Madrid when they signed Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

And, on his first day in Madrid, Bale has already made it clear that Ronaldo is still the star man at the club.

Bale told reporters: "Cristiano for me is the best player in the world and he was a factor for me in deciding to come here.

"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."

The comments from Bale seem very familiar. A comparison can be made on Neymar's arrival at Barcelona.

When the Brazilian youngster joined the Nou Camp outfit he stated: "My relationship with Messi is wonderful, he's a great person.

"He's a leader, the best player in the world, and I am here to help."

So, Bale believes Ronaldo is the best player in the world and the top-dog at Madrid and Neymar believes Messi is the best player in the world and the top-dog at Barcelona.

Now, it's understandable that the two new-boys want to keep Messi and Ronaldo happy.

Yes, they have been the main-men at their respective clubs for a number of seasons, however, when on the pitch, Bale and Neymar cannot afford to take a back-seat.

Fans of both Barcelona and Real Madrid will be expecting extremely big things of the pair.

They will not be expecting the two players to take a back-seat to Ronaldo or Messi.

Nor, will the club's owners - they wouldn't have splashed out £48.6m (Neymar) and £86m (Bale) if they weren't expecting great success.

The pair have the ability to match both Ronaldo and Messi - they can't spend the season worrying about the needs of the two stars or they will hold back their own success.

Do you think if Ronaldo joined Barcelona that he would talk about Messi being the main-man No, he wouldn't. He would go their believing he is the best.

If Neymar and Bale are going to realise their potential, they must believe they are the best, even if they have to keep it to themselves.

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Topics:
La Liga
Gareth Bale
Real Madrid
Lionel Messi
Football
Neymar
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo
Barcelona

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