*Most Expensive Transfer In Football History
Financial details of Gareth Bale’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 has been leaked and revealed by a football leak website.
The revelation which has sparked fury from the player’s representatives and their clubs, indicated that the mega-move cost £90million in total, a world record, which has also eclipsed the fee paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years earlier.
¡Buenos días! Today’s frontpage dominated by Bale contract leak: Spurs and RM lie about final cost: ❌€91M ✅€101M pic.twitter.com/RKHK4Xg1yL
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, made claims some time ago that Cristiano Ronaldo was still the most expensive player in the world, saying Ronaldo who was bought £83 million, was more expensive than Gareth Bale, because the Portuguese striker wanted to remain the club’s most expensive galactico.
The transfer fine print also states Tottenham are forbidden from disclosing any financial detail, and Bale from making negative comments about the North London club.
As part of the Bale deal, Madrid also waived the money Spurs still owed them from their signing of Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from the Bernabeu club in 2010.
But it emerges that £78m was the price for Bale only if Madrid paid it all up front in 15 days. Instead, they opted to pay £85.1m in four instalments spread over three years, the last of which is due on July 24 this year.
Jonathan Barnett, who represents Bale, has called the leak “outrageous” and demanded that the source of the leak is investigated.
Barnett said to The Telegraph: “There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation … 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.”