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The former Tottenham star is keen to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo and has admitted that he prayed for his move to go through.

Gareth Bale is keen to improve at Real Madrid and believes the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and assistant coach Zinedine Zidane will benefit him.

The Welshman scored on his official Madrid debut against Villarreal over the weekend, and he has little doubt that the conditions at the Spanish side will help him take the next step in his career.

"Cristiano’s the most complete player, and I’m going to train with him, play with him and learn from the best. Everyone has their own opinion, but for me Cristiano is the best in the world," Bale told beIN Sport. "The only way to improve is by having a great coach and a great technical team. Of course you’re going to become a better player in conditions like this working with Zidane."

The 24-year-old Bale then once more stressed that joining Madrid was like a dream come true and that he was determined to get his dream move from the moment the Liga giant first made contact.

"When Madrid contact you, that's something that only comes about once. It’s a very, very big club. The biggest and the best in the world. It has always been my dream," Bale said. "My agent told me that there was interest and they wanted it to be done this summer. If I’m honest, I don’t think you’ve ever seen such a huge smile on my face. From that moment on I prayed that it would be done."

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