Gareth Bale has been warned by another superstar of world football about the burdens that will await him when he finally pulls the white shirt of Real Madrid on this Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who moved from Inter Milan to Barcelona for a mega deal back in 2009, has warned Bale that "there will be a lot of pressure on him" in an interview with BBC Sport.
Bale, who finally made the long-awaited move from Tottenham to become the eleventh Galactico for a record £86m, is expected to make his debut against Villarreal in La Liga this Sunday.
But Ibrahimovic, who struggled to impose himself with the Catalan giants after joining for £40m plus Samuel Eto'o, has warned of the pitfalls of the pressure that comes with extortionate transfer fees.
"No footballer is worth paying that amount of money for. There is a lot of pressure on him," the now-PSG striker said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I know that when Zinedine Zidane played for Madrid, the fans were whistling against him. If they can whistle against Zidance, for me one of the best players in history, I hope Bale has a lot of patience."
Ibrahimovic stretched his advice further to include warnings about how dream moves can turn sour after Bale called moving to the Madrid team "a dream".
"I had a dream to come to Barcelona. But afterwards I am thinking that maybe you should keep your dreams, instead of making it come true," the Swedish international added.
"Bale's move is similar to my transfer to Barcelona, but what creates that situation and the fee is the media, the selling club and how desperate the buying club are to buy a big name."
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