Gareth Bale has now completed his big money move to Real Madrid and now it is time for him to step up from Premier League talent to global star.
Bale is under massive pressure after Real Madrid payed Tottenham Hotspur a whopping €100 million for his services, which broke the record Real payed for Portuguese star and Bale's new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Also, he has to match and try to better the performances of fellow star summer signing, Neymar, who signed for fierce rivals Barcelona. Bale will also be relied upon to score goals, which will now be a lot harder as he is no longer the main man and is unlikely to continue taking penalties and free-kicks. In fact, that is probably the biggest question being asked about Bale's transfer at the moment - just who will take the free-kicks?
If Bale takes them then that will be where he will he get his goals from. He has been known for a deadly shot that saved Tottenham several times last season and gave them the important wins to secure a fifth-place finish which saw them qualify for the Europa League.
A lot of those goals, though, were through free-kicks. Bale scored an impressive 26 goals from 44 appearances for Spurs, and his free-kick talent even earned Spurs a great win over Lyon when he notched two.
Bale is also great at being a game-changing player. He scored nine match-winning goals for Spurs, which just adds to the Welshman's great stats. A problem, though, is the diving pleas from Bale for which he received four yellow cards. But, to be honest, every great player comes into trouble with the media and diving particularly stands out. Even Ronaldo has had his problems with diving in his career so Bale and Real Madrid shouldn't worry about this issue.
I think Bale will turn into one of the biggest stars of our generation and will be the future for Real Madrid and football. Hopefully he can bring the Real fans the tenth European trophy that they have been waiting for.
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