Why Ronaldo might actually be the best thing to happen to Bale at Real Madrid

If Gareth Bale wants to endear himself to the Bernabéu, he may be wise to summon the qualities of a certain Portuguese colleague. Since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has justified his astronomic price tag through a mentality of persistence, egocentricity and unconditional self-belief. With Madrid wobbling, his doggedness has come to be regarded by some as the source to Bale’s problems. If anything, it points to the solution.

Timidity and indecision are not hallmarks of a Galáctico, but before the Levante brace, Bale’s form was indicative of both. The seeds were planted during a January fixture against Espanyol, in which the Welshman was criticised for not passing to Ronaldo. In that match, which Real Madrid won 3-0, Bale’s decision-making reflected a tenacious attitude: nearly every time he came close to goal, he let fly.

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