Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: Top Moments and Highlights from Club Presentation
The drama is finally over. Following a transfer saga that stretched nearly the entire summer, Gareth Bale was officially presented as a Real Madrid player after signing a six-year deal with the star-studded La Liga club.
While the focus will soon shift to his performance on the pitch alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale was first given a day in the spotlight in front of the club's supporters. It was chance for him to meet and greet those who are hoping he can help lead Real Madrid to plenty of trophies.
Expectations are sky-high for the 24-year-old Wales international. He will hope to build off the success he had with Tottenham over the past six seasons.
It's no surprise he was welcomed with open arms during a special presentation showcase, which started with a unique twist. So often during the transfer process, fans hear about medicals and their importance when it comes to finalizing deals. But rarely do fans actually get to see a glimpse of one being completed.
It was different to see Real Madrid pass along a picture of Bale getting medical clearance.
He also signed his new contract, which Real hope he has no trouble living up to in the coming years.
Bale took to the podium, and the large gathering of fans erupted into a major ovation as he was introduced. Then, he provided them with a special treat when he spoke a couple of lines of Spanish, calling it a dream to join the club.
Gareth Bale: I just want to try a few words in Spanish. ‘Hello. It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome.’— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 2, 2013
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez greeted Bale. The winger represents the biggest acquisition of a busy and successful summer for the club.
One of the best moments of the presentation came when Bale took the pitch to enjoy the moment he had been waiting for with his family. He hopes to create many memories with the Blancos, but that one will certainly always stick with him.
Bale is a special player with dynamic talent. During a presentation like this one, a star who has recently completed a move will often realize the expectations he will face moving forward, but that didn't seem to faze him.
Instead, he seemed to enjoy the time with his new supporters. He even kissed the club's shield, which created a picture that will probably make the rounds across the globe.
He also did some more traditional presentation stuff, like putting his ball-control skills on display at his new home, the Bernabeu.
Some of the most interesting comments he made during his debut press conference were about Ronaldo. The two are going to create quite a tandem for Real and will give opposing back lines plenty to worry about moving forward.
He called his new teammate the best player in the world and said he's the "boss."
Finally, as the presentation was wrapping up, Real Madrid provided a FIFA 14 trailer with Bale standing alongside his new teammates and the tagline "Ya es Real."
The transfer is complete at long last, and Bale has been officially presented by Real Madrid. Now, it's time for him to show what all the fuss was about.
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