Gareth Bale has revealed that the chance to work with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid made rejecting Manchester United an easy decision.
The Welshman joined Los Blancos from Tottenham last year in a world record £86m deal after emerging as the Premier League’s best player at White Hart Lane.
While Real were always frontrunners to land the 25-year-old, United also made a rival offer for Bale at the time, with then manager David Moyes having been keen to make him the focal point of his team.
But Champions League winner says that there was only ever one option for him, with learning from players Ronaldo’s calibre a major factor in his decision:
“I think Cristiano has been amazing this season. The amount of goals he’s scored, he won the Champions League with us, and he’s been playing fantastic.” He is quoted by The Express.
“It’s another reason why I came to Madrid – to learn from the best players. Seeing Ronaldo in training every day, how concentrated he is on every aspect of his game and on the pitch, it gives me that kind of platform to aim for and keep improving, and hopefully one day I can get there.
“At the moment Ronaldo’s on another level to everyone else. If you don’t want to be the world’s best you probably shouldn’t be playing football.”