When we talk of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it is believed that no other player in the world is of the same calibre. But this past season, Gareth Bale at Tottenham has proved otherwise.
The Welshman has had an absolutely sensational 2012/13 campaign. He has not only been scoring a lot of goals, but has also developed his game in a variety of ways.
Bale joined Spurs in 2007 from Southampton for a fee of £7m. Even back then, he was believed to be a quality player. Having started his career as a left-back, Bale was often seen competing against Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the position.
His evolution over the coming years proved to be nothing less than above standards. Bale was often given opportunities to play as a winger by Harry Redknapp. For the same reason, he’s taken up the number 11 jersey. He’s also known for his pace, crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities.
The 2012/13 season began with Tottenham challenging for the Champions League spot. Bale proved to be extremely important in Spurs living up to their ability.
The Wales international has scored 26 goals and picked up eight assists in all competitions this season and has rightfully been named as the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year - and also the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
This brings us to the question on everyone’s minds: is Bale worth a staggering £85m?
Rumours suggest that Tottenham are set to receive a world-record bid for the services of the Welshman by Real Madrid. Florentino Perez, president of the club, believes that Bale would be a perfect fit at the Bernabeu and is ready to pay the necessary fees.
If the deal goes through, this would be the second time in succession that Real Madrid have broken the transfer record - having signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £80m from Manchester United in 2009.
Football fans around the world have voiced their concern over such a huge amount of money being spent on a single player time and time again. But trends show Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG and, recently, AS Monaco continuing to sign the best players.
Bale would have to make an important decision if the bid is made. As the past suggests, transfers such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona, Kaka to Real Madrid and Fernando Torres to Chelsea have not turned out well for the players due to the burden of their transfer fees.
Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, often lashed out at such huge transfers and labelled them unnecessary and sometimes devastating for a footballer’s career.
Bale definitely possesses bags of quality but his future lies in his own hands. He is only 23-years-old at the moment, and he should focus on improving his game rather than his earnings or stature.
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