Gareth Bale's heroics helped Real Madrid to an historic Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, but it also managed to fill Tottenham Hotspur's pockets with another €8 million.
As reported by AS, Real's potential La Decima win was included as a performance-based bonus in the deal to take Bale from White Hart Lane, providing Spurs with an additional dosing of cash:
They will receive an extra eight million euros from the sale of Gareth Bale, in addition to the 101 million paid at the time, after the Welshman was involved in winning the Champions League. The total price of the transfer ends up being close to 110 million euros.
Bale's extra-time goal in the European final turned out to be the vital one, despite Real eventually winning the tie 4-1. His expertly placed header—made more impressive due to Bale moving away from the cross—underlined the Welshman's name in the Los Blancos history books, just over a month after his brilliant solo run won the Copa del Rey.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy—who is on the brink of hiring his third manager in two years—will be pleased to see extra funds come in at an expensive time for the north London club. Previous boss Andre Villas-Boas spent well over £100 million when trying to replace Bale with an ill-advised bulk buy of signings, many of whom failed to impress during their debut season.
Individuals such as Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli should be earmarked as extremely disappointing, despite their previous reputations and obvious potential. Christian Eriksen looks to be the smartest transfer, while Paulinho has shown why he is held in such high regard at moments.
Bale, meanwhile, has enjoyed a stunning start to life at the Bernabeu. Few would have asked for more than 22 goals and 16 assists in 44 performances across La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, per WhoScored.com. Considering two of those strikes ended up winning cup finals, his total price of around €110 million is starting to pay itself back.
Perhaps worryingly for Real's opponents, Carlo Ancelotti says, "All season Gareth has been good and he will be better next year," per BBC Sport. The 24-year-old, who so often looked out of place at the top level during his early Spurs career, is set to continue improving across the next few years.
Phil McNulty of the aforementioned publication highlighted Bale's star quality:
An extra €8 million will barely force a smile across the face of many Spurs fans. It's not often the club has a potential footballing legend on their books, ensuring it's very hard to let him go, no matter the sum received.
Considering there is no guarantee Levy will invest the money into the team, the extra funds may serve as little more than a marker of how great Bale will prove to be.
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