Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur a world-record transfer fee of £85 million in the summer of 2013 in order to secure the services of Gareth Bale. The move was completed on the final day of the transfer window and stunned the footballing world. Bale had established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League during his time at Spurs, and it was only a matter of time before Madrid came calling. However, the transfer fee of £85m was more than what Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2009, and the question was whether the Welshman would be able to live up to his price-tag.
As things turned out in subsequent seasons, Bale has been worth the investment for Madrid. The Wales international winger played a key role in Los Blancos’ Champions League triumphs in 2014 and 2016 and in their Copa del Rey success during the 2013-14 campaign. In fact, despite an injury-ridden season in 2013-14, Bale conquered the hearts of all Madrid fans with his goals in the finals of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Continue reading How Long Before Gareth Bale Wins The Ballon d’Or?