Bale cannot afford to fail, warns Ronaldo

The former Brazil star stresses that Real Madrid's latest arrival must always perform due to his world-record price tag and believes that Neymar will thrive at Barcelona
Former Brazil international Ronaldo warns that Gareth Bale cannot afford to put in any below-par performances for Real Madrid as the club's fans will expect him to be on top of his game every match following his €100 million (£86m) move.

The Welshman completed his world-record transfer from Tottenham to Madrid on Monday and the former Blancos star is concerned that the pressure on the 24-year-old will be immense.

"It is only normal that, whenever he puts in a poor performance, the fans will remind him that the club paid €100m for him," Ronaldo told Radio Barcelona.

"I can only recommend to Bale that he does not let his price tag become an obsession."

Ronaldo also had his say on Neymar's summer move to Barcelona and believes that his compatriot will become a better player at the Catalans.

"Playing in Europe and for Barcelona will benefit Neymar. He will learn a lot in Spain," he continued.

"Teaming up with [Lionel] Messi will make him a better player. It will be good for Brazil's national team, too. Brazilian players coming to Europe tend to do well."