Bale to rake in R10m a week

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Hav­ing lost the man­tle of be­ing the most ex­pen­sive player to Paul Pogba, who re­turned to his old club Manch­ester United from Ju­ven­tus for £95 mil­lion (R1.5 bil­lion), Bale did not have to wait long to find himself back in the record books, as he is re­port­edly signed on for £600 000.

That’s R10 mil­lion per week. To put that into per­spec­tive, if he plays four full matches a month, he will be earn­ing R65 000 a minute. His buy­out clause is €1 bil­lion.

But, just as re­mark­able, if not more, is the length of the con­tract.

Although the 27-year-old Bale is still in his best footballing age, he has com­mit­ted to stay­ing with the reign­ing Euro­pean cham­pi­ons for the next six years, at which stage he will be 33 and wind­ing down his ca­reer.

When the club an­nounced the con­tract ex­ten­sion at a press con­fer­ence, Bale said he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing at Real for the next few years.

“The rea­son I have signed [the ex­ten­sion] is that I am very happy,” he said.

“I feel com­fort­able. My Span­ish is im­prov­ing. My fam­ily is more set­tled.

“I don’t know when I am go­ing to re­tire, [but] I fully in­tend to see out my con­tract here.”

At the end of his con­tract, Bale will have been with the Madrid gi­ants for nine years, longer than most other for­eign­ers have stayed with the club.

The rea­son Real is so ea­ger to ex­tend Bale and other stars’ con­tracts is that the club is not al­lowed to make any sign­ing in the next two trans­fer pe­ri­ods, af­ter hav­ing been found guilty of breach­ing in­ter­na­tional trans­fer reg­u­la­tions.

The other, pos­si­bly more im­por­tant, rea­son is that the pow­ers that be are likely to be look­ing to Bale to lead the club on the field in the next few years, which in turn could her­ald the be­gin­ning of the end for three-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

The two could not be more op­po­site. On the one hand, you have the self-serv­ing show­man Ron­aldo, who has taken the con­cept of self-mar­ket­ing to new heights. And on the other hand, you have Bale, who shuns the lime­light as much as he can.

As a re­sult, Bale’s role in Real’s re­cent suc­cess (two Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, the Club World Cup and one Copa del Rey since his ar­rival) has not re­ceived the credit that it de­serves, although his sta­tis­tics tell a dif­fer­ent story.

He has played 135 times for Real and has not only scored 62 goals – for an av­er­age of just un­der a goal ev­ery sec­ond game – he has also pro­vided 42 as­sists.

He has thus con­trib­uted to­wards 104 goals since be­ing signed from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in 2013.

At the time, there was some dis­be­lief that Real had paid a then world-record fee for the winger, but even though he partly lacks the glam­our and high pro­file of a Ron­aldo, he has de­liv­ered the goods on the pitch.

And that is some­thing that has not gone un­no­ticed by the club, with for­mer in­ter­na­tional striker Emilio Bu­tragueño, who is now head of in­sti­tu­tional af­fairs, join­ing Bale at the press con­fer­ence where the megadeal was an­nounced.

“You’re a fun­da­men­tal man for us and we’re sat­is­fied that you will be with us at least un­til 2022,” Bu­tragueño said.

For­mer pres­i­dent Ramón Calderón went even fur­ther when prais­ing Bale: “It was well worth pay­ing what we paid for Gareth Bale when we signed him from Tot­ten­ham.”

Calderón said Bale “can be a player for­ever with Real Madrid”.

And with a weekly pay cheque of R10 mil­lion, that sounds like quite a sweet deal.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

THE REAL DEAL Gareth Bale has signed a mega-mil­lion con­tract that ties him to Real Madrid for the next six years EMILIO BU­TRAGUEÑO

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