Real Madrid have called off Gareth Bale’s move to Chinese Super League Club, Jiangsu Suning. He was in line to become the highest paid footballer in the world, leaving behind Lionel Messi’s record as well. Bale joined the Spanish Club for 85 million pounds from Tottenham in 2013 in what was a world record deal at the time.
According to reports, Bale would have earned one million euros per week in China. His salary would have doubled his £600,000-a-week Real wages and he would have been labelled as the biggest star to ever move to the Chinese Super League.
“Signing a player with his characteristics would cost 150 million euros — if there was a player like Bale currently on the market,” said real players. The 30-year-old still has three years left on his current contract but a frustrating succession of injuries has limited his playing to 79 La Liga starts in the past four seasons.
Despite the nightmare-ish end his career is seemingly moving towards, he has been central to Real’s success on some of the biggest stages. He has scored three goals — and one penalty in a shootout — in four victorious Champions League finals, netting two winners and arguably the greatest final goal in the competition’s history against Liverpool in 2018, claims CNN.
After Madrid’s decision, bale has also pulled out of a trip to Munich for a pre-season tournament, Audi cup. A Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter explained to talkSPORT about why the transfer failed. “The whole thing came as a shock to both Bale and Jonathan Barnett,” he revealed. Hunter believes that Real’s ego was one of a number of factors why they pulled the plug on the transfer.