The transfer saga seemed to last all summer long, with the Spanish giants in relentless pursuit of the Tottenham midfielder. However, the move was finally confirmed by Spurs' official Twitter account:
The Club can announce that it has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2013
It is clear from this tweet that Bale is excited about the transfer:
Of course, there is one factor that could cause friction with Ronaldo. According to Tancredi Palmeri of CNN, Real will pay more in this latest fee than they did for the former Manchester United player:
So Villas-Boas implicitly admit that the price for Bale will be more than the one paid for Cristiano Ronaldo— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 28, 2013
Still, the world-class player should be able to get over any negative feelings once the two appear next to each other on the pitch.
Adding Bale to Real Madrid makes the attack terrifying for opposing defenses. They can play an attacking midfield of Ronaldo on the left side, Isco in the middle and Bale on the right, as all three of them remain capable of scoring at any time.
How will Cristiano Ronaldo fare alongside Gareth Bale
While some might think that the latest addition might hurt Ronaldo's scoring ability due to decreased opportunities, the truth is that they will each get better chances.
Each player is among the best in the world at scoring from outside the box—specifically Bale, who scored nine from distance last year. He can also create good shots by himself with his dribbling ability.
Although Real might have had other players who could score, the Welsh international can do more things on his own than anyone who was on the roster last season. This will cause a lot more attention from opposing defenses, which will take the pressure off Ronaldo.
WhoScored.com provided a side-by-side look at the two elite scorers.
Both men had excellent years, and it will lead to a lot of respect from opponents. All of a sudden, Ronaldo will have a chance to go one-on-one with opponents, something he will take advantage of on a regular basis.
If defenders continue covering the Portuguese player, his vision will allow him to rack up even more assists than usual in the upcoming season. He has totaled double-digit assists in each of the last three league seasons, something that is certain to continue this year.
Additionally, the fact that both players are capable of playing with either foot makes the offense even tougher to defend. The two can switch positions on the fly, confusing opponents and leading to more goals.
These factors might not necessarily lead to a higher scoring total for Ronaldo this season after he totaled 34 a year ago. However, he is certain to be more efficient, and the offense as a whole will be improved.
After a trophy-less season, this would be more than acceptable for the superstar.
Finally, this high-profile transfer will allow Bale to take some of the mental pressure off Ronaldo after years of ridiculously high expectations. Ronaldo will have a chance to simply relax and play his game while his new teammate handles the spotlight.
He should be able to play some of the best football of his career, leaving the only question to be who takes the free kicks?:
Cristiano Ronaldo: Scored 4 goals from 49 direct free-kicks in league games last season (8.2%), while Gareth Bale scored 2 from 27 (7.4%)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 8, 2013
Either way, both players enter a great situation and should be able to excel next to each other over the next few years.
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