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Is Gareth Bale going to be Real Madrid's greatest Galactico?

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Real Madrid are noted for smashing the world record for transfers and Gareth Bale, following his £85.3m move from Tottenham, will be part of a select group of players who can now be classed as record breakers.

The last five occasions the world transfer record has been broken it has been done so by Real Madrid, dating back to Luis Figo's signing in 2000 from arch-rivals Barcelona.

Bale will find himself under huge pressure, not least because of the price tag, but also because he will be plying his trade at one of the greatest football clubs in the world, where expectations are high. He will have to cope with the language barrier and change of culture and be mentally strong so any issues off the pitch do not affect his performances on the pitch.

If Bale is able to overcome all these challenges can he become the best of Real Madrid's star-studded record signings since 2000? Here are his contenders.

Luis Figo (£37m) from Barcelona in 2000

Figo's arrival at The Bernabeau was the start of the Galacticos era at Madrid. At Real
Madrid Figo went on to appear in 239 games scoring 57 goals, which was marginally better than his stats for arch-rivals Barcelona.

More importantly for the club during his stay he went on to capture seven trophies which included La Liga (twice) and the Champions League. He enjoyed great success at Madrid and was voted this year by the well-repected Spanish newspaper Marca as a member of the 'best foreign eleven to play for Madrid.'

Zinedine Zidane (£46.6m) from Juventus in 2001

Another member of the famous Galacticos Zidane achieved six major trophies in his career at Real Madrid from 2001-2006. He too was a huge hit at Madrid despite the transfer fee scoring the winner in the 2002 Champions League final and being crowned as the FIFA

World Player of the Year in 2003. Zidane appeared 225 times for Madrid, scoring 49 goals, many of them in spectacular fashion. He was a definite hit at The Bernabeau.

Kaka (£56m) from Milan in 2009

Arriving at the club in the same year as Ronaldo it will be difficult not to compare them and in that respect there is only one winner. Kaka did not enjoy a hugely successful time at the club suffering from injuries and only completing a full match 15 times in 120 appearances.

He did capture three trophies and scored 29 goals in his four seasons but the fact that Madrid allowed him to leave this year on a free transfer and Milan are only willing to  pay him performance related pay speaks volumes. Unfortunately his move from Milan was not a success but he is still a great talent that has been hampered by injury.

Hopefully he can recapture his previous form at Milan again.  

Ronaldo (£80m) from Manchester United in 2009

Arguably the greatest ever player to have graced The Bernabeau. Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength since joining Real Madrid.

He has scored goals for fun and has certainly justified his price tag with a number of spectacular performances and goals. But for Barcelona's Lionel Messi Ronaldo would havebeen a multiple winner of the World Player of the Year award. 

Ronaldo boasts the staggering statistic of scoring 202 goals in 202 appearances for Madrid. He is the fastest player In Real's history to have reached 100 league goals and holds countless other Madrid scoring records, not least the accolade of scoring the most goals in a single season - 60 in 2011/12.  

Bale will have to perform exceptionally well in Madrid if he is to outshine the talent that is Cristiano Ronaldo. A very tough ask for the young Welshman.

One thing is for sure; smashing the transfer fee record is not a guarantee of success and for Bale he will have a lot of work to do to justify such a huge price tag. Certainly Gareth Bale is a world-class performer and lets hope he can showcase his talents on what of the greatest stages in football.

Do people believe that Bale will succeed at Madrid or not and was this the right move for him?

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