Richard Robinson's thoughts on the business end of Gareth Bales' €100m transfer to Real Madrid

Richard Robinson's thoughts on the business end of Gareth Bales' €100m transfer to Real Madrid

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Gareth BaleGareth Bale could earn £25 MILLION a year in total as Madrid falls in love with Wales star

Modest Gareth Bale was flanked by his proud relatives today as 35,000  screaming fans welcomed him into one of the world’s biggest – and richest –  sporting families.

The 24-year-old footballer from Cardiff was unveiled by Spanish giants Real  Madrid after signing him from Tottenham for a world-record transfer fee of  £86.3million.

Bale, who has trademarked his heart sign goal celebration, could really feel  the love as supporters chanted his name at the gigantic Bernabeu Stadium.

In fact, everything about the deal is gigantic. He will earn £15million a  year in wages – adding up to £90million over the six-year contract.

But experts reckon it could turn out to be a canny deal for Real because of the millions he will earn the club through sponsorship deals and shirt  sales.

As well as his basic pay, the Welsh international is expected to make an  extra £10million a year with endorsements.

That will give him annual earnings of £25million, which will make him the  highest paid British footballer.

Bale seemed overwhelmed at times by the incredible reception yesterday.

He said in English: “It’s absolutely amazing to be here. It’s a dream come  true.”

The forward then brought the house down when he said in Spanish: “Hello, this  is a dream, thank you for this great welcome.”

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Victoria Sinclair