Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu agrees with Barcelona star Lionel Messi that the Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, will help them win the Champions League.
Bale, 29, left Spurs for Madrid in the summer of 2013, for a then world record fee of £85.3 million, and despite receiving criticism from some quarters, he has enjoyed a wonderfully successful career at the Santiago Bernabeu, chalking up 91 goals and 61 assists in 194 appearances in all competitions.
"Now it's a bit more hard than it was before - before it was complicated but focused a lot on Cristiano, and now it's a bit more risky, at least [in terms of] how I see football and my concept of this game".
"I think that, contrary to what everybody thinks, Madrid is more of a team without Cristiano", he told a Spanish sports daily. Bale came on from the bench and said he was annoyed about not starting the match, with that rage fuelling him to score a brilliant overhead kick.
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"Never. We are not scared of anyone", he added. "We're ready for it".
"This year I have a good feeling, things are improving here and they are doing well, there are things that are changing and people are understanding a bit of what this game is about". I'd been scoring goals. Bale said, "Angry. Quite angry, to be honest".
Bale is Madrid's key weapon as the Champions League starts again this week, with Real facing Roma on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo's strike won the vote, with Dimitri Payet's Europa League quarter-final goal for Marseille finishing second ahead of Eva Navarro's curling effort for Spain in the Under-17 Championship final.