'Madrid can win La Liga & La Decima with Ronaldo & Bale'

Former Madrid goalkeeper Paco Buyo believes los Blancos can conquer the Primera Division and claim the Champions League with the world’s two most expensive players in their side

By Ben Hayward

Real Madrid can win both La Liga and the Champions League with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo together in the same side, claims the club’s former goalkeeping great Paco Buyo.

Bale completed his €100 million move from Tottenham on Sunday in a world-record deal which surpasses the €94m Madrid paid for Ronaldo in 2009.

That means Madrid now boast the world’s two most expensive players and Buyo believes the sky is the limit for his former club.

“It’s a new project, a new playing and working philosophy,” the 55-year-old told Goal. “It’s a project that will grow little by little, but it seems that the fans are very excited. New players have arrived, important players, and it looks like Madrid are building a great team.

“Bale is a fantastic footballer,” he added. “He is fast, he can beat others and he has been one of the best players in the Premier League. He will give a lot to Madrid – it’s a fantastic signing.”

And while former Madrid president Ramon Calderon claimed last month that Bale was being brought in as a long-term replacement for Ronaldo, Buyo sees the two men together in a successful side at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I see Ronaldo staying,” he said. “The two parties are moving closer together [in contract talks] and I believe Cristiano will stay because, among other things, he is very happy at Madrid – both at the club and in the city as well.

“With Bale and Ronaldo, Madrid will have a fantastic team which can win La Liga and the Champions League as well. They can aspire to winning it all and it will be a joy to watch for the fans.”

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