Football: Bale unfazed by pressure of huge price tag

 Football: Bale unfazed by pressure of huge price tag
Gareth Bale (L) of Wales holds his new Real Madrid football club jersey with club president Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid September 2, 2013.

MADRID, - Gareth Bale insists he will not be overcome by the pressure of his huge price tag after being officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player in front of 20,000 fans on Monday.

Bale's protracted transfer from Tottenham Hotspur was finally completed on Sunday evening, with contrasting reports over whether he had become the most expensive player in the history of the game.

English media reported Bale's transfer had broken the record Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago at 101 million euros (S$170.2 million), while in Spain reports citing Real Madrid sources said the deal was concluded for 91 million euros, three million less than the sum paid for Ronaldo.

Bale refused to clarify the situation, saying he was more focused on living up to the standards he sets himself on the pitch.

"I wanted to come here even if it was for a penny," he told a packed press conference.

"I don't think any player really knows their price tag. It is something between the two clubs and not really my place to say.

"The pressure is just as much pressure as I put on myself. I have come here to play the best football I can and I'm going to give 100 per cent and try to help the team to win things."

There has been fevered conjecture over how Ronaldo and Bale will co-exist both on and off the field. However,the Welshman reiterated his belief that it is the Portuguese who remains the better player and more senior figure at the club.

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