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Cristiano Ronaldo signs five-year deal at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new deal with Real Madrid that ties him to the club for the next five years.

Ronaldo was pictured on Real Madrid TV today signing his new deal alongside president Florentino Perez, before fronting a press conference at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo speaks during a ceremony at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The 28-year-old Portuguese forward, whose previous deal had been due to run out in 2015, expressed delight at agreeing terms after speculation in the summer he could be tempted back to Manchester United.

"Manchester is in the past," Ronaldo said. "Now my club is Real Madrid. This is my home, my family is here and I'm really happy here."

Bale 'proud' to score on debut Real Madrid match

Football star Gareth Bale has said he is "proud" to have scored his first goal in his debut match at Real Madrid, following a world record transfer to the team.

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Real Madrid coach praises Gareth Bale performance

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised football star Gareth Bale today, after he scored his first goal in his match against Villarreal.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Credit: PA

The Welshman made his debut in the white shirt, and following the match the Madrid said: “I think he’s happy to score his first goal for Real Madrid. He played in a difficult match and he played well, showing his good attitude. It was a hard match for everyone”

“They played well. Their performances were good. I didn’t play them for the full 90 minutes because in the first match it isn’t a good idea, so after an hour I took them off”.

Fellow footballers hail Bale's debut at Real Madrid

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and former Real Madrid footballer Michael Owen have hailed Gareth Bale's debut for the Spanish side against Villarreal, following his world record transfer.

Gareth Bale's goal-scoring debut ends after 60 minutes

Gareth Bale's goal-scoring debut for Real Madrid has ended after an hour with the Welshman substituted for Angel Di Maria with the score still 1-1 against Villarreal.

Minutes later, though, he celebrated from the bench as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a deflected goal to put Madrid in front at the Madrigal.

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Gareth Bale scores on his Real Madrid debut

Gareth Bale has marked his debut for Real Madrid with an equalising goal against Villarreal following his world record transfer.

The strike was celebrated emphatically by the Spanish giant's Twitter feed:

The Welshman tapped home a cross with his less favourable right foot in the 38th minute to draw Real level after Villarreal had taken a 20th minute lead.

Gareth Bale set for Real debut after record transfer

Gareth Bale has been confirmed in the starting line-up for Real Madrid against Villarreal this evening as he makes his debut following his world record transfer from Tottenham.

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