Gareth Bale was unveiled earlier today at the home of Real Madrid as the world’s most expensive player.
Now whether he is worth the hefty price tag Madrid paid for him, no one can deny his story is one of the most successful stories of any player ever.
Most may not say that Bale is worth the £86 million that Madrid paid for him, however, the rise of Gareth Bale as a player and his value over the years, has to be one of the most impressive in recent memory.
Bale has not always been the record breaker he is today, and did start at humble beginnings. He is known for being an expensive, explosive player and is widely recognised as one of the best in world football, a view held by legends like Zinedine Zidane, who claimed Bale was the player that impressed him most in recent years.
However, that is not how Bale started. He started his career as a left back playing for Southampton, and although a talented player, he was nowhere near the player he is today.
Tottenham spent £5 million to sign the youngster from Southampton and his Spurs career didn’t start well, as he didn’t manage to appear in a Spurs win for his first 20 or so games and was even close to being part of a move for Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing, which ultimately didn’t materialise.
Over the seasons though, Bale has prospered after being moved into a more attacking position. It wasn’t until his scintillating hat-trick at the San Siro in the Champions League that the world started to take notice.
Over the seasons as he has improved, he has seen his value sky rocket, until this transfer window, were his value has become an all-time high for any player.
Needless to say, Spurs have handled the development of Gareth Bale brilliantly signing him for £5 million and, six years later, selling him for £86 million, making him the biggest profit ever, and making him one of world football’s greatest success stories.
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