Looking back at the list of the world’s most expensive footballers is quite astounding. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo top the list.
However, Gareth Bale just doesn’t seem fit in this group of players.
The four players listed above had already proven themselves to be some of the greatest on the planet at the time of their transfers. When big money was shelled out for them, the world knew exactly what each player brought.
With Ronaldo, Zidane and Figo, Real Madrid knew they were getting massive stars that would win trophies. They were the best around, and nobody had to justify the money spent.
Even though Kaka did not pan out in the long run, nobody questioned his signing due to the fact that he was arguably the best player on the planet at the time.
This isn’t the case for Gareth Bale.
Not only is Bale not in the debate for the best player in the world at the moment, he was arguably not even the best player in England last season.
When it comes to being the world’s most expensive players, there can’t be any doubt. The player must be the best of the best and guarantee trophies and results.
Real Madrid took a big chance on Bale, and that will be the storyline for the coming years. He could end up like Ronaldo, who justified every bit of his transfer fee, or he could end up like Kaka, who was a waste of a large chunk of cash.
The biggest problem for Real Madrid is that Bale does not come with a guarantee. There is still no telling how his career at the Spanish club will turn out, and the scary thing is that it has the possibility to end in disaster.
Bale has massive pressure on his shoulders that he shouldn’t be forced to carry around. The world will be watching him for a quite a while, but it will likely take a while to determine if the purchase was wise or a mistake.
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