It has been around 30 months since Gareth Bale officially signed for Real Madrid, but thanks to the consequences of the transfer from Tottenham, we are still wondering exactly how much the Welshman cost.
The thing everyone wants to know, of course, was whether or not it was the most expensive transfer of all time. The British press have widely accepted that Tottenham received £86million for Bale, which would indeed make him football's most expensive player.
But Real Madrid have long tried to shove that inconvenient truth underneath the carpet. Cristiano Ronaldo, formerly the most the expensive player in the world, was pretty fond of the title and didn't like the idea of giving it up.
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So the Spanish club worked hard to keep it under wraps, even telling Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft to leave Bale's transfer fee out of an article he was writing about the former Spurs star.
Now, however, thanks to the new sensation that is Football Leaks, we apparently know exactly how much Bale cost. Low and behold, it was more than Ronaldo.
Real Madrid originally claimed Bale was worth €91.59million while Ronaldo cost €96million, but this leaked transfer document appears to show that he actually cost €100,759,417. That's very specific, but we are talking about Daniel Levy here. He fought for every one of those little euros.
But why was it so hard to admit it?
Well, Real Madrid had two options on the deal. They could have paid one lump sum of €87,010,350 immediately after the deal was done or €100,759,417 over the course of four installments, the last of which will arrive this July. Real Madrid took the installment option, making Bale the most expensive player ever.
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