Gareth Bale’s time in Spain has had its ups and downs. Now in his sixth season with the Galacticos, the Welshman has been struck with injury problems and has found himself sidelined for much of his time at the club, while Marcelo recently explained that he still doesn’t speak any Spanish and communicates in English and with gestures.

The fans in Madrid have never fully accepted him either, despite him helping them win four Champions League titles. Nearly every year there seems to be speculation about him leaving the Spanish capital, and this year he has more competition for a place at Madrid than ever, with Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez fighting for a place, and Asensio returning from injury.

But despite the sometimes turbulent times, Bale has shown that he always shows up when it matters, and when he is on his game he is one of the world’s best.

He did it again at the weekend when he scored in the Madrid derby to help Real beat Atletico 3-1 and move into second place in La Liga. That was his 100th goal for Real Madrid, and he has scored many other important ones.
Two have helped Real win the Champions League, including possibly the best goal ever scored in a European Cup final against Liverpool last season. He also scored one of the best goals scored in a Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona in 2014.

Just when his place in the team looks at risk, he sends out a reminder of his talents. Now the latest Welshman to make the move from the Premier League to a European giant is Aaron Ramsey. He has been a key man for Arsenal in recent times but he has left on a free to join the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala at Juve.

When you arrive in a new country as a player you should always try and speak the language as soon as possible so you can adapt even faster. It also help you become more involved with the group of players. Having said that the most important things is always doing the job on the pitch and that should always be the first objective. 

But I think this is a great move for Ramsey. He is a smart and skillful player and these are the kind of players I love to watch. Italy will be a new challenge and I think this will help him develop even more as a player and as a person. And I think Arsenal will miss him.