Gareth Bale isn't worth £86m - so why did Madrid overpay?

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When football legend, Zinedine Zidane announced that the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee of £86 million was more than the player’s worth, it again depicted the concerns of football pundits about players that are signed for ridiculous inflated prices with little thought of the value and worth of the player.

The Financial fair play (FFP) rule was meant to minimise outrageous transfer fees, instead player’s transfer fees are being inflated at will.

Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid is a product of this transfer madness. Bale, who was one of Premier League best, winning the PFA player of the year twice in a row, was drawn in a transfer saga which saw him smash the record of Cristiano Ronaldo as the most expensive player in football’s history.

Carlo Ancelotti claims Bale is not guaranteed an automatic start with Ronaldo playing on the left flank and leaving the right flank up for grabs, which leads to questions as to why he was signed.

Bale is not known to be a consistent threat when playing regularly on the right though he cuts and scores from long range every now and then.

Not bringing the fact of not having won any major competition – though not his fault. Comparing him to Ronaldo at the age of twenty four is a different ball game altogether because Ronaldo had won the FIFA player of the year, had a UEFA medal, three premier league titles, one Club World Cup, one FA cup, two League Cups, two consecutive PFA player of the year award.

Bale is obviously a player of undoubted quality but with his only major recognition coming from the PFA; a lot of questions have been left unanswered regarding the world record fee.

Until UEFA president, Michel Platini does something like enforcing the FFP rule with punishment for erring teams, expect another record signing whose worth is less than Gareth Bale in the foreseeable future.

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