Gareth Bale is unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the Bernabéu stadium.
Wales star Gareth Bale has described his joy at completing an £85m transfer from Tottenham to the Spanish giants.
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The world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, stars alongside previous 'Galacticos' David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane in a new advert for sports brand Adidas.
In the advert, Wales and Real Madrid star Bale teams up with Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura as a game of football breaks out - and does some damage - in Becks' house.
The 24-year-old recently scored a goal in the Champions League final, as Real won the competition at the end of his first season at the club.
In a first for Real Madrid the club and sponsors Adidas have turned to the colour pink to deck out their Galaticos for away matches next season.
Pictures of Wales star Bale, Karim Benzema and Marcelo modelling the fushia away shirt were released along with images of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos in the more traditional white home shirts.
The new strips were beamed onto the side of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain's capital along with the promotional slogan 'wear it or fear it'.
A spokesperson for the club said, "The second kit is even more of a break from tradition. The main colour is fuchsia, a concept never seen before in the club's 112-year history. The crest will create a unique and impressive visual impact as it is made entirely in pink and white."
Holland boss Louis van Gaal is frustrated his players cannot test themselves against Gareth Bale this week.
The Dutch take on Wales in Amsterdam tomorrow in their final friendly before leaving for the World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal had hoped Wales would provide a good test with the likes of Real Madrid star Bale and influential Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in their ranks.
But Bale, who scored in the Champions League final earlier this month, withdrew citing a leg injury while Wales manager Chris Coleman opted to rest Arsenal's FA Cup winner Ramsey.
Wales are also without two other senior players in regular captain Ashley Williams and West Ham defender James Collins. Liverpool's Joe Allen will lead out the team as skipper.
Van Gaal, whose squad fly to Rio on Thursday, said: "I have said to my board that they had to insist on playing against Gareth Bale and Ramsey, but this can happen in football.
"I don't know why, whether it is injury or holidays. When it is a holiday I am a little bit disappointed but I can understand it because Bale has a difficult, but also impressive, season under his belt.
"It is better that we have the best team of Wales because we need resistance. I think Wales without these players are weaker.
"But I have seen Wales play, against Iceland and Finland, and I like the way that they play.
"They want to play the ball. I like the left winger and I like the midfielder of Liverpool. So it's not a bad team - but with Bale it is always better, with Ramsey also."
Van Gaal, the vastly experienced former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, is standing down from his current role at the end of the World Cup to take over as manager of Manchester United.
Wales manager Chris Coleman believes star player Gareth Bale should follow the example of Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in hardly missing a match for his country.
The Champions League-winning winger withdrew from the squad to face Holland on Wednesday with a leg muscle injury.
It's not the first time the 24-year-old has pulled out and former Wales manager Terry Yorath warned Coleman having Bale available for friendlies will become more difficult.
But Coleman feels Bale should try and match Ronaldo's commitment to Portugal:
"Look how many caps Ronaldo has got for Portugal - over 100 - he never misses. If it is good enough for Ronaldo it is good enough for anyone."
"To be fair in my time 'Baley' has come even when he has been injured because he wants to be around the team and supporting the team."
"I hope it doesn't come to the stage where we don't get Gareth for any friendlies."
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen will captain the side for the first time against the Dutch.
Gareth Bale scored the most important goal of his career to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid, netting the decisive goal against fierce rivals Barcelona in the final at the Mestalla. Read more on this story at ITV Sport.
Gareth Bale has missed out on a place on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award despite having been named on the 23-man long-list.
The final vote for the 2013 Ballon d'Or will be fought out between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery instead.
Bale had been named on the long-list following a superb 2012/13 season which culminated in a world record transfer (£85.3m) to Spanish giants Real Madrid in September 2013.
Barcelona forward Messi is in line for a fifth straight win while Portugal and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won the award in 2008. The winner will be announced in Zurich on 13th January.
Wales winger Gareth Bale joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the leading contenders for *FIFA's Ballon d'Or award. *The 23-man shortlist for the prestigious world player of the year award was today, with the winner to be unveiled on January 13 in Zurich.
Barcelona forward Messi has won the award for the last four years, with Bale's Madrid team-mate Ronaldo consistently his nearest challenger.
Meanwhile Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called for patience as fans wait to see the best of Bale following his record-breaking summer move.
Bale has yet to set the Primera Division alight following his 100million euros transfer from Tottenham and, with the Wales forward battling to return to full fitness, he is also still to complete a whole match for his new club.
He was named in the starting line-up for Saturday's Clasico against Barcelona but was replaced an hour into the 2-1 loss.
"In the last few games he hasn't done extraordinary things, but a player who arrives at a new team, in a new culture, needs time to adapt," said Ancelotti.
"The problem the player has is of adaptation. It's not the same to play in Spain as in England."
Ancelotti also laughed off any suggestion that Bale's price tag had an influence on his decision to start him against Barca.
Watch Gareth Bale shock teammates with his rugby skills at a Real Madrid training session. The team try out a rugby ball as part of their session ahead of their weekend game. The video comes courtesy of bwinbetting.com.
Real Madrid may have paid Gareth Bale a world-record transfer fee for his football skills but it seems the Welsh man couldn't resist showing off a few homegrown talents to his teammates during training - with a rugby ball.
Ahead of his debut appearance in this Saturday’s Clásico with Barcelona, Bale Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Jesé Rodríguez demonstrated their skills with a variety of different balls.
But Bale produced a performance in an impromptu crossbar challenge which left his new team mates visibly astonished.
Following an instruction from Modric, Bale nails a crunching Rugby ball volley to knock a drinks bottle off the frame of the goal and then follows it up with a long-distance drop-goal that would have made a Wales squad member blush.
The world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, has won the Wales Footballer of the Year award for the third time in four seasons.
The £85m Real Madrid star was also given the Fans' Player of the Year award at the Football Association of Wales ceremony last night.
20-year-old Swansea full back Ben Davies won the Wales Young Player of the Year award.
His club captain Ashley Williams picked up the Club Player of the Year award.