"This year I have a good feeling, things are improving here and they are doing well, there are things that are changing and people are understanding a bit of what this game is about".
"I really wanted to score these first goals and I'm happy to have found the net", Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.
"(I was) angry. Quite angry, to be honest.
Do you think Bale can now be Real's star man? If you don't try things, things never happen.
"You know you are in a situation where, if you're going to get closed down, you have to try something", he said. I knew that I was working well and it was only a matter of time.
"To achieve the goal that this club wants is not so complicated", the Brazilian said, per Marca.
However, since the absence of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor this season after making a club-record £88.8m move to Juventus, the Welshman has thrived with three goals and two assists in the opening four games.
Despite the spectacular nature of his first strike, the panel adjudicating UEFA's Goal of the Season award for 2017-18 opted to shortlist Cristiano Ronaldo's acrobatic goal in the quarter-final victory over Juventus ahead of Bale's goal, with only one nominee from each of the main UEFA competitions allowed on the list.
"Now it's a bit more hard than it was before - before it was complicated but focused a lot on Cristiano, and now it's a bit more risky, at least [in terms of] how I see football and my concept of this game". "In Spanish, I can talk to a manager but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to". "I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player".