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Man Utd defender Ferdinand: Can Bale handle dominant Ronaldo at Real Madrid?

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says former Tottenham star Gareth Bale will face a battle with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Ferdinand says Bale will be under huge pressure to deliver.

"Gareth Bale will be expected to score, and he has to do it with Cristiano Ronaldo alongside him, a player who also wants to score those goals," Ferdinand told the Mail on Sunday.

"Who's going to take the free-kicks? The corners? The penalties? At Tottenham he got goals from them. Take those away and he loses 9-10 goals from last season.

"If he's not taking those set-pieces he's got to get those goals from somewhere else. And if Ronaldo is getting 50 goals a season, and Bale cost more than Ronaldo, how many must Bale get to justify himself?

"This is the kind of thing he's had to think about before going there. People will say it's an easy decision to sign for Real, but when you start thinking about possible downsides, it takes some bravery.

"He's now with a club expected by their fans to beat Barcelona to the title. If I'd been told he was coming to Manchester United you'd think 'great'. But Real Madrid?

"He's not going to be able to hide. And I speak to Ronny [Ronaldo] a lot, so I know."

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