Javi Martinez has just signed with Bayern Munich in the biggest transfer since Mario Gomez joined the Bundesliga club. According to Press Association with a h/t to ESPN Soccernet, the transfer of Martinez from Athletic Club Bilbao to Bayern Munich was worth $50 million.
The transfer of Gomez from VfB Stuttgart to Munich four years ago was within the price range of $37.5 million to $43.8 million. While it would have been preferable that Martinez would have resolved his differences with Athletic Club Bilbao, it is understandable that the midfielder wants to have more opportunities.
Bayern Munich must have been willing to pay a lot for Martinez, and he is worth the fee. The reason lies in his record with Athletic Club Bilbao and the Spanish National Football Team.
Martinez started his career with Athletic Club Bilbao as a transfer from Osasuna in the year 2006. The first season for Martinez with Athletic Club Bilbao resulted in a 2-0 victory for the club over Real Club Deportivo La Coruna in December 16, 2006.
It was Martinez who was responsible for the winning goals of that match. Athletic Club Bilbao was able to advance to the Copa Del Rey final in 2009 and 2012 because of Martinez.
In the year 2010, Martinez played a major role for Spain in the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. During the same year, he was awarded the Don Balon Award for being the La Liga Breakthrough Player.
Martinez participated in the UEFA Euro 2012 for Spain and 2011-2012 UEFA Europa League for Athletic Club Bilbao tournaments. He appeared in the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament between Spain and the Republic of Ireland for 25 minutes.
He also managed 1170 appearances within 13 matches in the 2011-2012 UEFA Europa League for Athletic Club Bilbao. During the 2011-2012 La Liga season (according to ESPN Soccernet), Martinez had four goals, one assist, and 25 shots within 31 matches.
Martinez is able (according to ESPN Soccernet) to start attacks as well as block the ones formed by the opposing team making him a threat. He is also a tackler who is tough on the field.
Martinez is known as a midfield leader with a commanding, powerful, and strong presence, as reported by ESPN Soccernet. The 2012-2013 Bundesliga season for Bayern Munich will be closely monitored by football supporters to see what transpires from this historical transfer.
While Martinez is worth the money spent by Bayern Munich, it is hoped that the decision made by the parties will generate positive results for the involved parties.