Gareth Bale did cost more than Cristiano Ronaldo – while Tottenham could have cashed in again after they sold him, according to documents leaked last night.
Real Madrid signed Ronaldo from Manchester United for £83million in 2009, and then broke the bank again to sign Bale in 2013.
At the time, Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Ronaldo had cost more, although it was suspected this was said for political reasons.
When asked about Bale being insured for £78million, Perez said: “Yes, sure. It’s a life insurance, against accidents. Bale is insured for the amount he cost.”
But transfer documents posted online by Football Leaks show that the total cost for Bale was actually €99,743.542, which at the 2013 exchange rate was £85,131,147.
Madrid agreed to pay the fee to Tottenham in four installments.
The first installment of €24,935,895 was paid within 10 working days of the agreed sale. The next (also €24,935,895) was due by July 24 2014.
The third (again €24,935,895 ) was due a year after that and the final installment of £21,282,787 is set to be paid on July 24 2016.
Interestingly a clause inserted in the original deal also suggests that if Real chose to sell Bale back to the Premier League before September 1 2015 they would have to pay his former club £10m.
Reports in Spain on Thursday morning also claimed that the Welshman is in talks with Real Madrid over a contract extension that would keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021.
Bale’s camp have since told MirrorFootball that these claims are “rubbish”, throwing the 26-year-old’s Madrid future back into doubt.