Cristiano Ronaldo was previously the most expensive transfer following his €94m move from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009.
Zidane, who moved to Madrid for around €75m in 2001, knows the weight of expectation the club feels like and suggests that Bale looks no further than Ronaldo, who he believes has dealt with the extra pressure his immense price tag brought with it.
“Some of my statements about Gareth have been misinterpreted. When I said that he is a player that costs a lot of money, I was referring to the great pressure that this player will be under. At least that’s what happened to me,” the assistant coach told Real Madrid TV.
“The pressure [on Bale] is huge, of course, but we have the best example in Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the most expensive player in football history and he has spectacularly overcome enormous pressure.
“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.”
The 24-year-old Bale could make his official Madrid debut away against Villarreal on Saturday.
It was “incomprehensible” that Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur €100m ($131.86m) to sign forward Gareth Bale, as no player is worth that amount of money, former France striker Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday.
Bale, 24, joined the Spanish club, September 1, in a world record transfer after months of speculation.
Zidane, who is now Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant coach at Real, joined the nine-time European champions in 2001 for a then record fee. He felt at the time that fee was over the top and cannot comprehend the money involved in Bale’s move.
“Ten years ago I was bought for €75m ($98.69m) and I said I was not worth this,” Zidane told French TV channel Canal Plus.
“Now I would think that a player is not worth this. It’s football, unfortunately it’s incomprehensible – what is happening – to pay so much.”
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