Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane says it is "incomprehensible" that the La Liga giants paid £86 million to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
Los Blancos' director of football hit out at the extortionate fee, claiming that no player in the world is worth such a significant sum of money - not even Zidane himself.
Zidane signed for the nine-time European champions in 2001, setting a transfer record of his own at the time. But Zidane insists he wouldn't have paid the fee that Juventus were demanding to secure his signature.
"Ten years ago I was bought for £63m and I said I was not worth this," Zidane told reporters.
"Now I would think that a player is not worth this. It’s football, unfortunately it’s incomprehensible with what is happening to pay so much."
Bale completed his move record-breaking move to Madrid ahead of the transfer deadline after months of intense speculation.
Zidane himself played a key role in luring the Welsh wing wizard to the Bernabeu, but the Frenchman is adamant that, while he was keen for the 24-year-old to move to the Spanish capital, Bale is not worth the money.