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Welshman pays homage to new team-mate and will defer to him over taking free-kicks

Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid imminent as his boots arrive in Spain

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Robin van Persie celebrates his second goal, the brace following a similar haul in the Community Shield last week (Geoff Caddick/EPA)

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<b>Cristiano Ronaldo - 2009</b>
<br/> His transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid cost a world-record fee of £80m,and he wasted no time in breaking another record when 80,000 Real fans turned out at the Santiago Bernabeu to see him, Kaka (who had previously broken the record with his £56m move from AC Milan) and Karim Benzema in the famous white strip. However, the fans went so crazy for Ronaldo that a riot nearly broke out with everyone trying to get themselves a hug with the striker.

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Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale could complete move to Real Madrid after Franco Baldini arrives in Spain to complete negotiations

Spurs' technical director has been responsible for their £60m spending spree with deals for Willian, Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic still to go through but Real's focus tonight is on the return of Raul

Wales midfielder Gareth Bale will not play against Ireland

Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale speaks in public for the first time since speculation over a move to Real Madrid surfaced...

But the 24-year-old refuses to comment on the matter after he insists 'now's not the time to talk'

Gareth Bale

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Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the fans as Real Madrid play LA Galaxy

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema on target for Real Madrid in match against LA Galaxy

The sides were playing in a International Champions Cup quarter-final match

Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo exit is fuelling Gareth Bale pursuit claims former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Calderon claims contract talks have broken down over Ronaldo's £17.5m-per-year wage demands

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric

Transfer news: Tottenham not interested in Luka Modric returning to White Hart Lane as part of Gareth Bale deal with Real Madrid

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy remains angry about the Croatian's conduct during his time at White Hart Lane

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Rio Ferdinand has been impressed by Wilfried Zaha's flying start to his Manchester United career.

Marouane Fellaini of Everton celebrates his goal during

Transfer analysis: Who might Manchester United sign after missing out on Cesc Fabregas? Marouane Fellaini, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric...

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Gonzalo Higuain scores in Real Madrid's pre-season friendly against Bournemouth at Dean Road

Transfer news: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti denies a deal is in place to sell Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli

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