Ronaldo confident Real Madrid colleague Bale will succeed

Cristiano Ronaldo has defended Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, saying there has been too much pressure placed on him since his record-breaking move to the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo has defended Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, saying there has been too much pressure placed on him since his record-breaking move to the Bernabeu.

"I think Gareth Bale has done well," said Ronaldo.

"He had a difficult time because he didn't do a pre-season. I understand that and if you speak with him you can see he is very excited to help the team, but it is better to leave him alone and not add pressure."

"He had a difficult time because he didn't do a pre-season. I understand that and if you speak with him you can see he is very excited to help the team, but it is better to leave him alone and not add pressure.

"He is a fantastic player, a fantastic boy and he always wants to learn.

"People put pressure on him because of how much he cost. I leave him alone because I am sure 100 percent that he is going to do well for the club."

The Portuguese also dismissed suggestions that himself and Bale could not succeed in the same team because of their similar styles of play.

"I think all the good players can play together," added Ronaldo. "I want to play with good players, no matter who they are, and I think we can win important things together."

 
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