Revealed! Gareth Bale was costlier than superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
The full financial details of Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid from Tottenham have been leaked with the player appearing to have cost the Spanish club more than Cristiano Ronaldo
Madrid: The full financial details of Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid from Tottenham have been leaked with the player appearing to have cost the Spanish club more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the leaked transfer agreement, the fee for Wales international Bale was 91 million euros (£78 million) — less than the 96 million (approx R706 crore) Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 — but because the fee was to be paid in instalments the final sum rises to a world record 100.7 million euros (approx Rs 740 crore).
Gareth Bale. Pic/AFP
The document also shows that it was agreed Real Madrid would announce the fee as £78million and that Tottenham would not refer to the "economic aspects" of the transfer deal. Real Madrid have always been at pains to say that Ronaldo is the most expensive player at the club.
The document also specifies that Madrid undertook to ensure that Bale would not make "any negative or derogatory comments regarding Tottenham, the club’s chairman, its board and/or any of its employees."
Madrid: Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett called for an investigation into how the documents came to be leaked. "There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation because it's outrageous," he told The Telegraph.
"There also needs to be an apology from the Football Association to the clubs and the player.
"I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player."
Madrid sports daily Marca reported yesterday that the club are set to offer Bale a new contract on improved terms