According to the Daily Mail, Bale will pay landlord Kaka £10,000 ($16,000) per month to rent his mansion, which is valued at £6.5 million ($10.4 million). The two-story, four-bedroom house includes a gym, indoor pool, two utility rooms, several terraces and a six-car garage, a perfect space for stash all that cash.
Bale’s neighbors will include Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos. Cristiano Ronaldo also lives in the neighborhood, but he is reportedly trying to sell his $7 million mansion.
Hmm, wonder why.
Is the world’s most expensive footballer also the world’s fastest?
New Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists he hasn’t yet reached his top fitness levels, but a radar gun tells a quite different story. According to Spanish TV station La Sexta, Bale was clocked sprinting at 40 kmh in last Sunday’s draw with Villarreal. That’s almost 25 mph, or just 2 mph behind Usain Bolt at his world record speed!
(H/T Daily Mail)
$137 million man Gareth Bale didn’t waste any time trying to prove his worth to his new club, scoring on the very first shot he attempted as a member of Real Madrid.
It wasn’t a trademark Bale screamer reminiscent of his Tottenham days — good times, good times — but for the most expensive signing of all-time, any goal will do to quell early skepticism and disdain of the blockbuster deal. Here’s Bale’s goal, which at the time drew Real level 1-1 with Villareal:
It wasn’t a dream debut by any means — Bale’s pass accuracy was a lousy 64%, and Madrid did, after all, fail to grab three points — but at the end of the day, Bale’s contributions will first and foremost be measured in goals.
Whether or not he can match Cristiano Ronaldo’s mind-boggling run of scoring an average of one goal per game (as of Saturday, 203 goals in 203 matches for Real) remains to be seen, but so far, so good.
(Image: REUTERS/Heino Kalis)
Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.
Southampton fans, you might want to look away.
When the Saints sold a relatively unknown teenager named Gareth Bale to Tottenham in 2007, there was a sell-on clause in his transfer that guaranteed Southampton a 25% stake in any future transfer fee for the Welsh player. After Real Madrid dished out a reported world record fee of $132 million, that would seem like fantastic news to Saints fans.
Unfortunately, just a year after selling Bale to Spurs, Southampton found themselves short on cash and chose to waive the clause in place for a lump sum of roughly $4 million plus a young goalkeeping prospect named Tommy Forecast (he’s never been heard from again). Not quite the estimated $33 million they would have netted this weekend.
Of course, nobody could’ve foreseen Bale to garner a world record transfer fee just five years after leaving St Mary’s, but just knowing this minor detail will be sure to cause Southampton fans some grief today!
(H/T The Mirror)
There he is!
After an endless, dragged-out transfer saga between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, the confirmation we’ve all been waiting for finally came on Sunday. At 2:01pm ET time, Real Madrid’s official Twitter account finally announced the completed deal for Gareth Bale.
OFICIAL: Gareth Bale es nuevo jugador del Real Madrid. #halamadrid— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid)
Bale has signed a six-year deal with the Spanish giants according to the club’s website. He will be presented at the Bernabéu stadium on Monday.
Bale also released a personal statement on Tottenham Hotspur’s website, in which he speaks fondly of his time in London:
I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye. We’ve had some special times together over the years and I’ve loved every minute of it.I would like to thank everyone at the Club, the Chairman, Board, staff, coaches and players – and most of all the fantastic fans who I hope will understand this amazing career opportunity.
I am not sure there is ever a good time to leave a club where I felt settled and was playing the best football of my career to date. I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams, but I can honestly say, this is my dream come true.
I am well aware that I would not be at the level I am today were it not for firstly Southampton and then Spurs standing by me during some of the tougher times and affording me the environment and support they have.
Tottenham will always be in my heart and I’m sure that this season will be a successful one for them. I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.
So there you have it. If you’re not a disappointed Spurs fan, you can now congratulate the new Real Madrid signing by using the #WelcomeBale hashtag. Or spill your hatred, either or.
— Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid)
Image via @Football_Tweet
For a while now, it has been a matter of when — not if — Gareth Bale would complete his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. But this week, it’s become pretty clear from reports across the globe that Bale is leaving Spurs for greener pastures.
And today we got even more evidence: They have literally set the stage at the Bernabeu for a massive unveiling, presumably where Madrid will reveal Bale as their newest signing.
It’s no secret that Madrid goes above and beyond when unveiling big signings — Cristiano Ronaldo walked down a catwalk-style stage in front of more than 80,000 screaming fans at the Bernabeu back in 2009.
Could Bale’s presentation top Ronaldo’s? As the stage looks at the moment, probably not. But they still have time to transform the stadium into a massive throne for the arrival of their new superstar.
It wasn’t too long ago we we were all glued to our laptops, refreshing our twitter feeds like crazy, during the whole “Is Clint Dempsey returning to MLS” thing. Remember that? Yeah, that was fun.
In the past two days, fans over in England embarked on a similar social media “manhunt,” this time involving Anzhi star midfielder Willian, who’s been strongly linked with both Liverpool and Tottenham. The difference? Willian inadvertently started the rumors himself after he “followed” a few players from both clubs:
Williian didn’t just add his fellow Brazilians at Tottenham (Paulinho and Sandro) and Liverpool (Lucas Leiva and Coutinho). Manchester United’s Rafael was added as well. Maybe it was just a coincidence, maybe Willian just wanted to be pals with some future Premier League mates. Or perhaps he was just trying to throw us all off? Was Manchester United joining the sweepstakes?
See what the whole #DempseyWatch thing has done to us?
Adding more logs to the fire, a photo emerged on Twitter this morning showing Willian at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 1. The pic, posted by twitter user @CFCCath, has since been deleted, but the damage had already been done.
This was the original text of the tweet that accompanied the picture above:
"My mate captured Willian en route to liverpool at term 1 LHR! pic.twitter.com/zQ0rsMKDP2"
Mate getting grief and on tott & liverpool pages-have got 100 more followers ***-have had 2 take it down- was taken today-he’s en route 2tot— CFC Cathy (@CFCCath)
As was the case with Dempsey a few weeks ago, nobody at the time really knew which way he was headed from Heathrow, or if London was indeed his final destination, but twitter once again foreshadowed what was to come, because now it looks pretty certain that Willian will be unveiled at Tottenham today.
Pictures of the Brazilian arriving at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel ahead of his Tottenham medical emerged on The Daily Mail just hours after that fateful tweet:
Willian will supposedly cost Spurs around $47M, and if the deal goes through, it could also signal the end of another transfer saga: that of Gareth Bale. According to several reports, the deal for Bale to Real Madrid could be finalized very soon.
So far, though, no pictures of Bale arriving in Madrid on Twitter. Stay tuned.