Real Madrid fans welcome Gareth Bale
by FFE EU News staff
Welsh forward Gareth Bale was received well by around 20,000 Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu Stadium yesterday.
In the presentation, the 24-year-old Bale paraded on the pitch wearing his number 11 shirt. He told his fans “It is a dream to be here in Madrid. Thank you for this welcome.”
Negotiations for his transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid were done during the summer, and it surpassed the record â‚¤80 million Real paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. The deal was accepted on Sunday, and Bale passed his medical Monday morning.
Club president Florentino Perez said in the 10-minute welcome speech “The negotiations have been intense, complicated and prolonged, but finally we have achieved our aim and we are delighted to welcome him as part of our team.
Bale and Perez at the Bernebeu Stadium
Addressing Bale, he said “We are the most demanding club in the world but we will always be by your side.
“Many of the best players in the world have graced this pitch and you are now following in their footsteps.
“This is your stadium, this is your shirt, these are your supporters. From today on, this is your home and that of your entire family. Welcome to your team, welcome to Real Madrid.”
Bale was then joined on stage by his family for photographs, including baby daughter Alba Violet, before changing into his new kit.
Bale with family members at the ceremony. Photo source: Huffington Post
Fans wore replica shirts with the player’s name, waved scarves and cheered as Bale showed off his skills on the pitch. He then kissed the badge on his shirt and sent a left-footed shot into the net.
Bale follows a long list of “galacticos” who have played for Real, including Zinedine Zidane, ex-Brazil striker Ronaldo and David Beckham. He will play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as the team sets out to reclaim the Spanish league title from Barcelona and capture their 10th European Cup.
Bale revealed that Cristiano was the one of the factors that led him to join Real. He also told manager Carlo Ancelotti that he will give his 100 percent regardless of his position in the pitch.
When told to comment on his transfer fee, he said “I wanted to come here, even if it was for a penny.”