BALE SAGA FINALLY CLOSING

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Gareth Bale, finally, thankfully, seems on the verge of joining Real Madrid from Spurs after what has seemed an incredibly arduous and long-winded transfer saga this summer.

The fee the two clubs have been squabbling about – it was not the move itself that was the problem – is reportedly a staggering £93million.
Now, most football fans (and sane people) would say surely one person cannot be worth that amount. However, forgetting about the obsceneness of the figure for a moment, we need to ask is Bale, when comparing him to the other big-money movers and similar past world record-breaking deals, worth it?
The simple and short answer might be ‘no’. And, analysing it further, it does seem like Real have over-paid for the Wales international, while Spurs, for their part, have eked all they can out of a transfer and managed to secure superb value for money for the star.
Gareth Bale is obviously one of the top players around right now and he undoubtedly had a fantastic season for Spurs last year. He was direct, powerful, productive, and exciting to watch, winning several important games on his own for the Londoners. There is no doubting his talent and you would struggle to find many Premier League analysts disagreeing with the argument that he is in the top five or six players in the world.
But is he that good? As in world-record breaking £93million good? The figure blows everything else out of the water. It would suggest Bale is untouchable and better even than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The latter had achieved a fair bit more when Real broke the transfer record for him from Manchester United a good few years ago now, and that was only set at £80m; taking inflation into account, it seems the figures do not quite add up.
Further to this, when looking at the likes of Edinson Cavani’s reported £55m move from Napoli to PSG and Radamel Falcao’s switch from Atletico Madrid to Monaco for £50m, you have to say – is Bale really worth nearly double those two?
Spurs fans will have mixed feelings, of course. Many, who will have probably privately accepted that their star man would be leaving this summer for a few weeks now, will be gutted at his departure but others will be buoyed by the money generated and the fact they have been able to reinforce with some top quality in his place.
Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, and, in all likelihood, Willian, are all potentially world-class players as well and now they have genuine strength in depth and a squad full of top-four rated players.
Real will say they have broke the bank to sign a player capable of not only delivering numerous assists and goals but one who can unlock any defence with his skill and athleticism and a player to rival Messi or Ronaldo that can beat teams on his own. But he is also an entertainer that fits the Real Madrid blueprint for a ‘Galactico’ down to a tee.
He is likely to improve at the Bernabeu and the stage is now set for the former Southampton man to go on to be a true world star. But you can’t help feeling that the La Liga giants, desperate to get one over on old foes, Barcelona, have gone too far in this case.
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