World-record signing Gareth Bale made his debut for Real Madrid on Saturday at a La Liga against Villarreal at El Madrigal. He scored a goal at the 38th minute. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Most expensive deal
On 1 September 2013, Welsh footballer Gareth Bale signed a world record deal of £85.3m in a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid. He is the thirteenth British footballer to join Real Madrid.
Through this deal, Bale replaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive player. Real Madrid bought Ronaldo in 2009 from Manchester United for £80m.
Gareth Bale’s club career
In 2006, Bale was the second youngest player after Theo Walcott to play for Southampton. He joined Tottenham Hotspur as a left-back for £10m from Southampton in 2007 and later became a left-winger. He spent 6 years playing for the Spurs.
Highest transfer fees by Real Madrid.
Real Madrid has a record of paying the highest transfer fees. In addition to breaking records with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fees, other records include Kaká from A. C. Milan for £56m in 2009, Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for £46.6m in 2001 and Luís Figo from Barcelona for £37m in 2000.
Real Madrid is the world’s richest football club in terms of revenue with turnover of €512.6m.