Real Madrid are hot the heels of Tottenham star and PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale who, according to reports, is eyeing a move to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Premier League to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane are relentless in their chasing of the Welshman, much to Spurs’ displeasure. Bale is regarded as the finest footballer in the English top tier and one of the finest products of the British youth system, since his arrival at White Hart Lane from Southampton.
Cristiano Ronaldo was undoubtedly the most exciting player to grace the stage at the theatre of dreams and, furthermore, the most exciting player in the league, prior to Bale, back before his departure from Manchester United in 2009.
Ronaldo remains at present the world record breaking transfer but Bale could be about to smash his record as Real Madrid prepare an astonishing €100 million plus a player bid for the attacking midfielder.
Furthermore, Bale shares a likeness with Ronaldo in terms of his position – like Ronaldo; he tends to be deployed as a left-winger or as a central attacking midfielder or second striker.
At 28, Ronaldo is undauntedly the more mature, experienced and developed player but should he be apprehensive about the potential arrival of the 24-year-old star?
Madrid have just signed Isco from Malaga, also one of the most coveted midfielders on the continent and the 21-year-old operates as an attacking midfielder through the middle or on either flank.
Isco is in good company, too – he will have the likes of former Spurs maestro Luka Modric to compete with along with Kaka, Mesuit Ozil and Angel Di Maria. As if that was enough, the arrival of Bale would mean Ronaldo would have competition.
Ronaldo, Ozil and Bale would likely be regarded as the most dangerous and effective players in the team and I would expect Di Maria and or Modric to depart if the Welshman arrives and I would also anticipate Kaka heading elsewhere imminently.
Should Cristiano Ronaldo be worried about the potential arrival of Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu. Probably not, for now. Ronaldo is the star of that team and completely irreplaceable in every sense. But, as he approaches 30, Ronaldo might find himself getting a good run for his money.
I anticipate Bale and Isco to be vying for the right to replace him over the next five years. Either one of those two would make fine heirs to the Portuguese ace's throne in the Spanish capital.
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