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One moment in the UEFA Super Cup showed why Gareth Bale will struggle to be Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese star was more than just the best player on the pitch

Real Madrid never conceded four goals under Zinedine Zidane.

Unfortunately for Julen Lopetegui it happened in his first competitive game and to add insult to injury it was to local rivals Atletico.

The only thing that could possibly have made the Uefa Super Cup victory sweeter for Atleti fans would have been to see the four goals flying past ‘traitor’ Thibaut Courtois instead.

Decent summer for Antoine Griezmann

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Decent summer for Antoine Griezmann

Ah well, you can’t have everything in life.

A Special mention goes to Antoine Griezmann who has probably had the best summer of his life – winning the Europa League, the World Cup and the Super Cup all within 91 days of each other.

But beyond Atleti’s 4-2 victory, there was one very telling moment for Real Madrid fans that spoke volumes about Gareth Bale’s ability to fill the Cristiano Ronaldo-shaped hole after he left for Juventus.

Ronaldo never would have allowed this to happen

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Ronaldo never would have allowed this to happen

With an hour on the clock the score was 1-1 and Real Madrid were awarded a penalty after Juanfran handled the ball in the box.

Now, despite bale starting the game, Sergio Ramos pulled rank as captain and stepped up to slot the spot-kick.

Yes he scored, but the moment reflected a power shift from the days of Ronaldo dominating the Real Madrid XI, and demonstrated that Bale might not have the force of will to step into his shoes.

Let me take it lads

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Let me take it lads

If Real Madrid were awarded a penalty when Ronaldo was on the pitch, CR7 would have made sure he was taking it.

He was the talismanic goalscorer and the rest of the team trusted him to convert from the spot, Ronaldo also had such a thirst for goals that he would be furious if he wasn’t converting chances from the spot.

Ronaldo had such a cult of personality and iconic status at the club that it would be unheard of for one of the other attackers to ask to take the kick and even Ramos, as captain would struggle to get the ball out his grasp.

Such was his one track mind for goals.

The other major difference is that while Ramos is club captain, Ronaldo saw himself as the leader of the attacking unit and viewed his position in the squad as equal if not more important than the centre-back.

Even Ramos couldn’t say no to this man

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Even Ramos couldn’t say no to this man

It is not impossible to imagine Bale growing to this level of stature at the Bernabeu, but having lived in Ronaldo’s shadow for so long he doesn’t carry the weight to question Ramos just yet.

But that’s not to say he never will.

And the Madridistas are clearly willing Bale to step up and take responsibility, instead of seeing Ramos on penalty duties all season.