Gareth Bale: The World's Most Expensive Footballer?

By Thomas O'Dell
Gareth Bale reportedly wants Real Madrid switch
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It’s been widely reported in the media that Gareth Bale is desperate for a switch to Real Madrid, but so far, all legitimate quotes from the Welshman suggest he’s looking forward to next season.

Another thing which has been reported in some media, is Real Madrid’s failure with a bid in excess of £80 million, the current world record set by the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish giants.

One thing is for sure; the man who will have the all important say on Bale’s future is Tottenham‘s chairman Daniel Levy, who is well known for his tough negotiating. To date, all indications from Tottenham officials, including Andre Villas-Boas, aggressively insist Bale is not for sale.

It’s hard to say whether Bale is worth the money. Is any footballer worth this kind of money? With that aside, is he superior to what Ronaldo was in 2009? Probably not, as Ronaldo was 25 and had won Premier League titles, a Champions League and other trophies.

Talent-wise, Bale is widely considered one of the best wingers in the world and plays not too dis-similarly to Ronaldo. Powerful, fast, an intelligent football brain and striking a mean, lean ball are characteristics the two stars share.

It would be great for Spanish football if Bale signed for Real Madrid, but it wouldn’t be so good for the Premier League. In Spain, it would make the already mouth watering El Classico clashes unmissable. In England, it would take away one of its brightest lights and surely push Tottenham away from contending at the top.

This story develops every day, so keep your eye out for a legitimate quote from Bale himself regarding his future. Will Daniel Levy budge? Only time will tell.

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