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Thursday 19 October 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo slams into Gareth Bale in training

Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo while teammate Pepe looks on during a team training session on September today
Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo while teammate Pepe looks on during a team training session on September today
Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale (#11) is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo while teammates Jese Rodriguez (L), Karim Benzema (2.L), Pepe and assistant coach Zinedine Zidane look on today
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C) is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo (R) as Karim Benzema (L) and Pepe look on during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (2L) jumps in the air while teammates Pepe (#3) Jese Rodriguez (3rdL) Luka Modric (2ndR) and Gareth Bale (R) look on during a team training session in Madrid
Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale (#11) passes the ball past Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Pepe (C) while assistant coach Zinedine Zidane looks on today
Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale (2L) heads the ball during a team training session today
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo challenge for the ball during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid
Luka Modric (2.R) and Jese Rodriguez (2.L) of Real Madrid go for the ball while Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Gareth Bale (#11) look on
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Luka Modric (C) react as Gareth Bale looks on during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid chats with Real's new signing Gareth Bale during a team training session today
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C) heads the ball beside Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Sami Khedira during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale controls the ball during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo challenge for the ball during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds

James Orr

Gareth Bale may have called him a “nice guy” after their first meeting in the car park on Wednesday, but here is Cristiano Ronaldo giving the £86m Welshman a proper welcome to Real Madrid, lunging on Bale in training today before Bale makes his Madrid debut at Villarreal tomorrow.

Is Ronaldo, who cost Madrid £80m from Manchester United in 2009, more upset about Bale assuming his mantle as the "world’s most expensive player" than he is letting on?

They may have been all smiles before training, but after the Portuguese clattered into Bale during the drill neither player acknowledged one another.

Madrid great Zinedine Zidane, who is now assistant coach at the Bernabeu, and moved to the club for a then world-record £48m in 2001, says Bale should follow the example of Ronaldo in dealing with the pressure of the costly price tag.

"The pressure [on Bale] is huge, of course, but we have the best example in Cristiano Ronaldo," the three-time World Player of the Year said. "His stats, his performances ... Everything he gives to Real Madrid on and off the pitch is genuinely spectacular. Real Madrid do not consider his price but rather everything he brings to the club."

One of Bale's new team-mates that didn't try and take him out in training, Karim Benzema, says the signing will help Madrid get back to title-winning ways. The club last won the La Liga trophy in 2012 under Jose Mourinho.

"Bale is a really good player, and he is very nice," Benzema said. "Hopefully he will help us win a lot of titles."

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