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‘People thought he’d be better than Ronaldo’ – Bale mocked over slump

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Ramon Calderon feels sorry for Gareth Bale for being unable to live up to his potential at Real Madrid amid talks of his Tottenham return.

Gareth Bale broke the then transfer record for the most expensive player on the planet when he switched from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013.

Ronaldo had been enjoying the label of the world’s costliest player for five years before Bale’s €100 million price tag broke his record by a small margin.

It would be harsh to say that the Welshman has not repaid his money’s worth for he has brought quite a few silverware at the Spanish capital.

However, whether or not he has lived up to his true potential is entirely a different question.

The 31-year old was expected to become Los Blancos’ talisman following the departure of Ronaldo. Instead, he suffered a steep decline.

After being frozen out of the team by Zinedine Zidane last season, he is understood to be on the verge of returning to Tottenham on a one-year loan deal.

A former Real Madrid president suggests that had it not been for his recurring fitness issues, Bale would have probably made a much greater impact at the club.

Ramon Calderon told the Daily Star: “I think it’s been a pity. He came with the handicap that we paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo and that meant that he was under scrutiny all the time.

“They were thinking that he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and on top of that he had many injuries and he was unlucky.”

“I don’t know, really it hasn’t been a successful signing, which is a pity because, as I say, the player is a very good player.”