Gareth Bale, became the world's most expensive player when Tottenham Hotspur acccepted a world record fee of £85.3 million from big spending Real Madrid.
What followed was a change in landscape for the flying Welshman, from the omnipresent English media to the high expectations of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
He eased all the hype surrounding him by netting a debut goal at Villareal CF, before being substituted off. He got his first taste of Champions League football with the Spanish giants when he came on as a substitute for the final 26 minutes of the match against Galatasaray, where Madrid ran out 6-1 winners.
His lacklustre performance in El Clasico did him no favours whatsoever, and Barcelona's summer recruit Neymar outshone him comprehensively. El Mundo Deportivo even went as far as publishing 'Neymar eats Bale'. The tag of being the world's most expensive player seemed to bear down on him, as he was fighting off a few minor injuries
The world got a glimpse of how dynamic the Welshman can be when Real Madrid hosted Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu. He put on a show for the Madrid faithful, by scoring two goals and assisting two more in a 7-3 rout. The good run of form continued in the next league game where he provided two more assists for his side and he also scored against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.
Gareth Bale, the newest Galactico, is here to stay and football fans around the world cannot wait for him to strike up a lethal partnership with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. With these two powerful and quick wingers, Real Madrid poses a major attacking threat. One can only hope that he flourishes in this new atmosphere, and lives up to the hype of being the world's most expensive player.
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