Bale officially joins Madrid. But is he worth €100 million?

The most inevitable signing has been officially announced: Gareth Bale has signed for Real Madrid. But it’s quite significant as the Welshman cost the Spanish side a world-record fee of €100 million, eclipsing the previous record of €94 million held by his new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. But what if he flops in at Madrid? Not everyone settles in the club. I wonder one thing: is he really worth it?

Indeed what if he does fail at Madrid? It’ll be the biggest transfer flop since, well, Andy Carroll. But in far more spectacular fashion. €100 million is an absurd amount of money. If he fails, it will be quite catastrophic. But if he succeeds, he could be an even bigger hero to the Real faithful than Cristiano. After his season last year at Spurs, he could easily be brilliant as a Madridista.

“I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye,” said Bale. “I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.”

He will be presented at the Bernebéu tomorrow following a medical at around noon Irish time. With the past few weeks in Spain being all about the pairing of Messi and Neymar together at Barcelona, it’ll be world’s media interested in the combination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.


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