Gareth Bale believes that he has finally met the expectations set for him after his world record move to Real Madrid.
The Welshman was sold by Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £85 million back in 2013, eclipsing the record set by his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million back in 2009.
To follow the act of Ronaldo, widely considered to be one of the best players in the world along with Lionel Messi, was always going to be a thankless task and the winger was harshly criticised by the ungrateful Bernabeu crowd during his debut season, despite playing a part in 41 goals in 44 games.
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Bale has enjoyed life in the Spanish sun and feels that he has lived up to the high expectations of being a Galactico.
"It's obviously a massive club with big expectations. I've come here, I've done well. We have won four trophies, which is a good return, but we want to win more." Bale told UEFA.com.
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"Obviously people put a lot of expectation on you with the price tag and everything like that, but for me I just try and come in every day, try and concentrate on my football, try and focus on what I'm doing [in] training and games."
The Welsh international has scored a number of crucial goals during his stint in the Spanish capital, including the winning goal in 2014 Copa del Rey final, as well as the strike which saw Real Madrid claim La Decima, before goals from Marcelo and Ronaldo sealed the win.
Training with the world's best day in, day out will sharpen any footballer's skills and Bale accredits his time at Madrid with a rise in his performances.
"A lot of things have come good. I think my possession game is improving still – obviously the Premier League is a lot of attacking, end to end, and Spanish-based football is more possession.
"I feel I've improved in that area and my finishing. All round I've improved, and I still feel I've got a lot more to improve on."
Bale's time in England did include visits from Europe's best in the Champions League but Spurs were never really in contention to win the competition.
Real's president, Florentino Perez, acquired Bale for such a large fee with the goal of securing La Decima.
"I remember being brought in and the president saying to me that he's bringing me in to win the tenth Champions League," he said.
"A big reason for me coming to Real Madrid was to play Champions League football and to win the Champions League. To do it in my first season was very special.
"The scenes after winning were amazing, coming back to Madrid with all the fans around [the Plaza de] Cibeles. It was just an amazing experience, one I will never forget."
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