It started with Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirming Bale was on his way.
AVB on Bale: “He is a wonderful player. He is going to join Real Madrid. He leaves us with great memories from last season." #THFC— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 1, 2013
Spurs themselves also confirmed the deal.
The Club can announce that it has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2013
Moments later Real Madrid put out their official confirmation, through Twitter.
As for the fee, nobody seems quite sure, but friend of B/R Rob Harris is a man to be trusted on these things.
Gareth Bale becomes the world's most expensive footballer. 100 million euros. Ronaldo cost Madrid 93 million euros— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 1, 2013
Sporting Intelligence, as usual, have done the maths.
Trevor Francis cost £1m in 1979. Bale's gone for €100m. At this rate of inflation, by the year 2047, record fee will hit £7.4 billion!— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) September 1, 2013
And then came the reaction—we start with a man who played for Spurs and Barcelona himself, Gary Lineker.
Another former England striker, Michael Owen, had this to say.
What a deal all round. Spurs rake in a fortune, Madrid get a World Class player and Bale gets to ply his trade on the biggest stage of all.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 1, 2013
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan jumped onto Twitter to get this out there.
Wish Gareth Bale huge success... You can't begrudge a player the opportunity to join a Big club...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 1, 2013