In the last four games, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been running previews of what we can expect from them after the international break as Real Madrid step up their hunt for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Taking into consideration goals and assists, Ronaldo has been involved in 11 of Los Blancos' last 17 goals; Bale in eight.
And while there is a case to suggest the Portuguese forward is in the form of his career—although he's enjoyed plenty of purple patches—there is reason to expect there is more to come from his new Welsh colleague.
Speaking to Real Madrid TV (h/t ESPN), Bale expressed how, despite a string of impressive performances, he only now feels he is creeping out of the preseason stage:
There is a lot more to come. It was a matter of time, I needed to get my fitness back, get games and get training. Now everyone has seen what I can do. There is still a lot more to come, I know. I just need to keep working now and hopefully there are a lot more goals and assists to come.
If there actually is more to come, that could be frightening.
By normal standards, three goals and five assists in four matches is pretty staggering. When you find yourself in a front three with Ronaldo, though, normal standards don't necessarily count.
In those same matches, Madrid's No. 7 scored nine times—including two hat-tricks—to take his season's tally to 24, while he created two goals as well.
"He scores three goals every week. He is unbelievable," Bale continued to Real Madrid TV. "To be in the same team as him, scoring goals and giving assists is great for me."
Comparisons between the two were forthcoming when Madrid and Tottenham eventually finalised a deal for the 24-year-old, and the concern for La Liga clubs now is that some of Ronaldo rubs off on Bale.
Bale's already one of Europe's most dangerous players—and the world's most expensive—but with the chance to train and play alongside Ronaldo, he can only improve.
“He is a player that is starting to feel at home with us now,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying in The Independent. “He is starting to play very well and the fact is I'm enjoying playing alongside him."
And as for Ronaldo?
Words have run out of ideas to describe him, in the same way La Liga defenders have run out theories on how to stop him.
The fact Jose Mourinho said "coaching [Ronaldo] was the highlight of my career" (h/t Marca) goes some way to suggesting his phenomenon.
Alongside Lionel Messi, he's taken expectations of the modern-day footballer to a new level, and if Bale gets anywhere near the levels of those two, then Primera Division defences will not sleep well in the build-up to their fixtures with Real Madrid.
That's not an encouraging thought for Almeria, who are the next side to take on Madrid in the league after the international break.
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