Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has hinted that he may not be able to stop himself from celebrating if he scores against former club Tottenham Hotspur when the pair meet in the Champions League next month, depending on the circumstances of the goal.
But he has often been criticised in Spain over some of his performances and fitness.
The 28-year-old then suffered a calf tear 10 games into his comeback during a match against Barcelona in April that kept him out for another six weeks.
The Wales global will hope to be involved from the outset when Real commence their defence of the Champions League with a home game against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday. But when you've been injured for three months and you see your teammates playing, you really want to return and that's what I did.
"I'm a different player, of course I am", Bale said.
"I had to take a lot of painkillers to play and yes, now I think I should have taken more time to recover so I could have played much better and be able to do all those things that I was unable to because of the ankle pain".
"If I could go back, I would have taken more time to recover".
There is no denying that this concluded summer transfer window has been the third straight year wherein Gareth Bale was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford. "It's all opinions. They have to sell newspapers in some way and have to write something". "I knew what a good player he was".
It is something he says he has spoken about with Real colleague Luka Modric, a player with whom he enjoyed playing so much it actually influenced his decision to move to Real a year after the Croatian had made the same move. "Football is a sport which stirs passions and it's normal that everyone has their opinions".
"An injury is something that's very frustrating when you're a professional sportsman". I want to do well for myself but I also want to try to help the team and win trophies.
It was Bale's form in the Champions League during the 2010/11 campaign, notably a stunning hat-trick against holders Inter Milan, that first catapulted him onto the elite stage.