Real Madrid president Florentino Perez presented their new world-record signing Gareth Bale at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Monday. Roughly 30,000 fans entered the stadium to watch, free of charge.
The backdrop of the stage included a picture of a 10 year-old Bale wearing a Real Madrid jersey. Perez reminded him of the pressure of wearing that jersey while introducing him.
“This is the club with the greatest demands in the world,” Perez said. “Our fans will demand the most from you. But we will be at your side, as will our players. At Real Madrid the challenges are permanent, even after victories. Many of football’s great players have been at this club. Today you are becoming one of their successors.”
Perez also acknowledged that this was a fulfillment of a dream for Bale.
“Years ago there was a boy in Wales who wore the jersey of Real Madrid,” he said, via ESPN FC. “Gareth, this moment you dreamed of years ago, has now become a reality. You come to a club that demands more than any other in the world, but it will also be by your side. This is your club, your jersey, your badge, your place. From today this is your house, and your family.”
Bale reiterated that it was his dream to play for Madrid.
“I just want to say it is a dream come true to be here,” Bale said. “I hope I can help the team to bring success to the club, and hopefully this year we can win the tenth European title. Hala Madrid!”
The crowd had one interesting chant, “Don’t sell Ozil.” Madrid has reportedly agreed to sell Ozil to Arsenal. They also sang songs in support of Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas.