Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during the Spanish league football match between Girona FC and Real Madrid CF at the Montilivi stadium in Girona on August 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Pau BARRENA CAPILLA
Gareth Bale can cope with the pressure of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo as the star man at Real Madrid, says his Wales boss Ryan Giggs.
Bale has become the main forward at Real since Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus, scoring in their opening La Liga wins against Getafe and Girona.
“When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise,” said Giggs.
“It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time. Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly.”
Giggs said Ronaldo’s departure meant there will be more focus on the players who are going to score the goals.
But he added: “Gareth has shown his qualities in big games and that he can handle anything that is thrown at him.”
Bale became Wales’s top goalscorer earlier this year when his 29th international goal took him past Ian Rush’s record.
Bale, 29, who joined Real from Tottenham in 2013, is part of a 25-man Wales squad for next month’s UEFA League of Nations games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.
“He has started this season on fire,” Giggs said. “But there’s never really a time when he is not playing well.
“I think always the problem with Gareth is that when he has been injured, he’s then had to come back and get more game time. But when he plays, he always plays well and more or less scores.”