Following Gareth Bale’s world record £85m move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid this week, the Welshman has been central to footballing debates up and down the land.
With questions over whether Bale can live up to his emphatic price tag and whether he is in fact worth the amount of money the Galactico’s have paid for him, the real question remains. Just what can you buy for £85m.
Sticking with football, with the equivalent of Bale’s fund, Madrid could have splashed out on buying not one, but two Wigan Athletics or Premier League side Everton Football Club with £5,000,000 left over to treat themselves.
Northamptonshire club Kettering Town folded yesterday after failing to be bailed out of a £56,000 debt they have been embroiled with for quite some time. Using an outrageously clever mathematician, or in other words a scientific calculator, it has been concluded that the Spanish outfit could have saved The Poppies a whopping 1,517 times. That really does put things into perspective.
Alternatively, had Carlo Ancelotti fancied buying a second home from home for his Madrid side to play at when the Bernabeu is too large for the early round cup matches, he could have bought the Cardiff City Stadium and Leicester City’s King Power Stadium for the full matching price, or Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium on its own for a mere £15,000,000.
If another footballer was what took the Italian’s fancy, I have a bargain which David Dickinson would be proud of.
For £85,000,000, and following English midfielder Scott Parker’s £2,000,000 move from Tottenham to Fulham, Madrid could have bought a full 42 Scott Parker’s for one Gareth Bale. Cheap as chips.
Moving on from the world of sport, and on to living a life of luxury. Should Mr Ancelotti require a new phone, he could have spent Madrid’s millions on 1.7 million iPhones bringing a whole new level to the phrase leading a double life.
Now, any top sport professional is going to need a new car so we’ll start out with a modest investment on a reasonably priced car for a Euromillions winning budget. Should Bugatti’s supremely quick Veyron take Carlo’s fancy, priced at £850,000 each, Madrid could have lined up 100 of these. One thing’s for sure, you’d be never short of choice of which to take out for a quiet Sunday drive.
If you’re a chocolate kind of man, which I’m sure Carlo might well be, then you might be disappointed with the terrible rise in price of everybody’s favourite Cadbury’s Freddo. But fear not, as £85,000,000 is sure to be enough to satisfy your cravings.
With the money from Bale’s transfer, the Galactico’s could have bought themselves a stomach teasing 425 million Freddo bars. That’ll be sure to make certain the squad will never go hungry.
On the other hand, if you want to help stop other people, outside of your squad, going short on food, for one Gareth Bale, Real Madrid could have bought the entire population of Canada a Big Mac each. Bale really is loving it.
On a final, big money note, if architecture takes Ancelotti’s fancy, for the entirety of the fee paid by Madrid to Tottenham for Bale, the Spanish giants could have built the London Eye, at £70 million, and Simon Cowell’s American mansion, at £15 million, just because, well just because you can. I know which I’d rather have.
Nobody can definitively say whether Gareth Bale will be worth his weight in gold until the Welsh wing wizard gets a chance to hone his skills on the illustrious stage of La Liga, but one thing is for sure… I don’t think any of us would spend the cash on one footballer.
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