Cristiano Ronaldo is used to grabbing the headlines in Spain.
Despite playing amongst a host of players who are generally considered to be in the top bracket of footballing specimens, Ronaldo is the one player that can boast an untouchable status.
The 28-year-old striker has long been one half of the debate as to who is the best player in the world, and although it must be said his long-term bane, Lionel Messi, may have the scales slightly tipped in his favour, Ronaldo is lauded by many as being top of the list.
That being said, the Portuguese phenomenon has never had to play second fiddle to anyone.
A multitude of magnificent players have come and gone during his time at the Bernabeu, but none of them have ever come close to breaking the world-record £80million that Madrid paid for Ronaldo in 2009, let alone eclipse it. Until now.
Gareth Bale's seemingly imminent transformation from Tottenham favourite to Galactico has fans worldwide wondering just how potent a pairing between himself and Ronaldo could be.
But would Bale's transfer, which would make him the most-expensive player in footballing history, introduce a glorious harmony? Or would it serve only to disconcert a man who thus far has scored 201 goals in 200 games for Los Blancos?
As previously stated; Ronaldo is used to grabbing headlines.
Wired into his DNA is a natural longing to not just win, but be the very best you can possibly be whilst doing it.
The way he transformed his body from that of a weedy teenager to a finely-tuned athlete bears evidence to his inability to simply remain 'good'. Alternatively, from Portugal's exit in the 2012 Euro's - where Ronaldo left himself to take the potential winning penalty, ultimately futile seeing as though Portugal ended up losing 4-2 before he had the chance to take a kick - one can deduce that when given the opportunity, the former United man likes to be the one whom everyone is left talking about.
With the arrival of Gareth Bale, Ronaldo will have already surrendered his status as the most expensive player of all-time, and given Bale's recently acquired penchant for determining the outcome of fixtures in a manner that he sees fit, would it be the first of many plaudits that the 28-year-old would relinquish?
Madrid, it seems, must be entirely convinced that the two will be able to strike a partnership. The fact that they are willing to pay almost £100million to bring in Bale, whilst vehemently enforcing that Ronaldo is not for sale, is testament to this.
But if Bale was to make a dream start to life in Spain, and hit the ground where he left off with Spurs last year, would Ronaldo be happy to simply be part of the bigger picture? An outside view of his character would say no.
Ronaldo has publicly refused to comment on the Bale saga thus far, and if certain reports are to be believed, he is unsettled at the prospect of the Welshman trumping his transfer record.
Would it ever turn out that Madrid will take the same course as Barcelona do with Lionel Messi when he is unhappy with a teammate, in order to keep Ronaldo content? If so Bale could find himself moving on before he's even settled down; but that's not going to happen.
In my opinion the Spanish giants are holding out for an amicable end to what has been a complete mess of a transfer saga. If Ronaldo and Bale can conjointly fire on all cylinders then there's no reason why Madrid can't be the team to beat this year.
If they are ultimately at loggerheads with each other, then it's simply a case of the town not being big enough for the both of them. In my mind that would leave only one feasible option...
How much is Ronaldo worth again?
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