Gareth Bale set to demand same pay as Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is expected to demand that he is put on the same wage structure as the club's main man and all-time top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, per The Times.

Both world-class forwards are in the midst of negotiations to secure new deals with Los Blancos, and at 27, it's Bale who many people believe will eventually replace 31-year-old Ronaldo as top dog at the Bernabeu.

Currently, Bale's net salary stands at £260,000-a-week but the Welshman is set for a huge pay increase which will see him join Cristiano in an elite group.


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Like his Portuguese teammate, Bale will be one of only a few sports stars who earn £20 million-a-year (after tax) and his gross weekly wages will reach a whopping £750,000.

The former Tottenham winger signed a six-year contract worth £525,000-a-week (before tax) when he completed his then-world-record transfer in 2013, but Madrid are already wanting to offer him another bumper six-year deal.

Bale's new contract

This new contract will include a buy-out clause, which could be as high as £420 million, designed to prevent rivals and clubs with huge financial power like Manchester United from even attempting to sign him.

As a reward for committing his long-term future to the reigning Champions League winners, Bale will expect to join Ronaldo as the club's highest earner. After all, he's four years younger than the three-time Ballon d'Or winner and about to enter his peak years.

At the moment, Cristiano earns £290,000-a-week, which works out at just over £15 million per year, but both he and his Welsh teammate are seeking new deals in excess of the £20 million mark.

If Real meet the demands of their two most important players, both of their salaries would eclipse that of Barcelona's Lionel Messi, whose post-tax salary is around £18 million.

Bale scored 19 goals in 30 games for the Madrid club last season and he continued his strong end to that campaign at Euro 2016, where he was the joint-second top scorer.

So far this season, the dynamic wideman has bagged three goals and provided one assist from his six La Liga appearances.

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