Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Portuguese star has been reported as an unlikely transfer candidate for Premier League champions Manchester CityReuters

As if to dismiss speculations that Gareth Bale's arrival at Bernabeu would hurt Cristiano Ronaldo's ego, Real Madrid posted pictures of duo on its Instagram account, giving their fans a glimpse of the world's most expensive players.

Gareth Bale (24) became the most expensive player in the world after Real Madrid signed him for £85 million from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, overtaking the £80 million transfer record held by Cristiano Ronaldo (28).

The duo met for the first time on Wednesday when the Welsh star arrived at Real Madrid's training ground. They shook hands and shared a warm embrace, amid speculation that the free-kick specialists might not fit in together.

People will have a clearer picture whether the duo would get along well in the field only when they play together, but it is not sure if Carlo Ancelotti will field Bale in the match against Villarreal on Saturday, as he is not fully fit.

Bale played against Serbia on Tuesday but Wales manager Chris Coleman said it would be a big risk for Real Madrid to field him this weekend.

"If Gareth starts at the weekend, he won't finish the game," Coleman told The Telegraph. "I'd be amazed if he does. We have looked at him over the last 10 days and he's nowhere near ready to complete 90 minutes. Spanish football is slower, but it's a big risk. 

"He may start, on the back of 30 minutes against Serbia and three or four training sessions with us, and he may get 45 minutes, I don't know. But he has only had four training sessions in two months and that's dangerous."

Coleman went on to say that Bale looked tired during the match against Serbia, adding that "he didn't have that burst of pace that he normally has, but you wouldn't expect him to."

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