Gareth Bale can expect a warm welcome from fans

Gareth Bale can expect a warm welcome from fans when he is official introduced at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium later today.

Here is a look back at how some of the world's previous most valuable players were welcomed:

Alan Shearer's transfer to Newcastle United in July 1996 was worth £15 million and was very much a homecoming for the striker who had grown up in the city.

Al an Shearer dons a Newcastle United shirt after is record-breaking £15m transfer from Blackburn Rovers
Al an Shearer dons a Newcastle United shirt after is record-breaking £15m transfer from Blackburn Rovers Credit: Paul Barker/PA Wire

Ricardo Kakà's move to Real Madrid in 2009 for £56m was the first time the transfer fee record had been broken for eight years. He was introduced to the fans at Real Madrid on a giant stage in the centre of the stadium.

Brazilian footballer Kaka holds his new Real Madrid jersey in 2009
Brazilian footballer Kaka holds his new Real Madrid jersey in 2009 Credit: REUTERS/Juan Medina

Later the same year, Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his skills with some kicky-uppies in front of tens of thousands of Real Madrid supporters. His £80m transfer fee set a new world record until Gareth Bale's move.

Cristiano Ronaldo at his presentation ceremony at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo at his presentation ceremony at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Credit: REUTERS/Juan Medina

Gareth Bale: The latest Briton to play for Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale unveiled at Madrid

Real Madrid have unveiled their record breaking signing of Welshman Gareth Bale in a ceremony at the Bernabeu.