What a summer for Gareth Bale and Tottenham.
Spurs have been bombarded with interest about Bale and Andre Villas-Boas, and after intense pressure, they look to be feeling a little shakier about the former.
Daniel Levy appears to be holding out, trying to drive the price as high as he can. And the Spanish giants seem happy to go very far, even breaking the record by a good amount, to sign their man.
Regardless of how high the bids escalate, what is a logical payment for Bale, considering previous transfers? The world record £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo will be the most referenced amount.
So let's get started.
In Ronaldo's last season with United, he scored 26 goals for the club in all competitions. Bale netted 26 as well - perfectly even.
Ronaldo did this in 52 appearances, creating the average of 0.5 goals a game.
Bale, by contrast, scored the same amount in 45 appearances, giving him the higher 0.58 goals per game average.
It is worth noting that Ronaldo came on five times as a sub, while Bale started every game he played. However, even if Ronaldo's substitutions were disregarded, Bale would have the higher average.
Advantage Bale, although Ronaldo did compete in the much harder Champions League.
Now to assists. Ronaldo contributed eight assists to United, a decent amount. By comparison, Bale added 10 to the team. Ronaldo's average assists per game is 0.15 while Bale's is 0.22.
The Welsh Wizard is running away.
Ronaldo also shot more than Bale in the Premier League, even in less appearances. However, the Ballon d'Or candidate was less accurate. Ronaldo shot 181 times with 57 on goal as opposed to Bale's 165 shots with 73 on target. In the Premier League, Ronaldo scored 18 times compared to 21. And in the Champions League, Ronaldo scored only four times on 72 shots.
Another one for the converted left-back.
As for consistency, that goes to Ronaldo in a landslide. The season before he had 31 Premier League goals in 31 starts. Bale was great for a left midfielder, netting nine in 36. But, come on now. this is so lopsided it isn't even funny.
Ronaldo pulls one back in a big way.
And for age, Bale and Ronaldo were both 23 at the end of their final (possibly final for Bale) seasons in England.
The decision is that if Tottenham were to sell now, Bale's price should be higher (by as much as £5m) than Ronaldo's.
Ronaldo had a lot more skill and a lot more consistency. However, Manchester United sold him after a worse season than Bale's. People didn't know if his season before was a miracle or his last season was a fluke.
Bale looks so full of potential, coming off of his best season. Now, how much more should the Bale transfer fee be than Neymar's, who scorched Spain in the Confederations Cup and is younger?
That's a question for another article.
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