*Bale: Is he worth 93m dollars?

Real Madrid Agree £93 Million For Bale?
Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a fee of £93 million with Tottenham for Gareth Bale, but the football fraternity finds it difficult to believe.
There is no doubt that the Welsh wizard, Bale is a fantastic player with a great attitude who can only get better.
He terrifies opponents with his pace and strength, scores fantastic goals both from open play and set-pieces, and, having originally been a left-back, he can operate anywhere across the front line.
In terms of current quality and record, Bale is already up there with the big movers this summer, such as Radamel Falcao (£51m) and Edinson Cavani (£55m), and is a bigger draw than James Rodriguez (£37m).
And with time on his side (his 24 years include a couple of seasons in the wilderness under Harry Redknapp) Bale will surely develop into one of the world’s finest players at Real.
But is Bale really twice the player the £49m Neymar is? Can he be valued at two 2001-era Zinedine Zidane?
The ‘galactico’ prices that Madrid are willing to pay for their marquee signings have a method to their madness;  it is estimated that shirt and merchandise sales alone recouped the £80m outlay on Cristiano Ronaldo within two seasons. But Bale, for all his ability is not Ronaldo, even if he does end up matching his antics on the pitch.
Ronaldo, like David Beckham before him, is a photogenic, media-friendly soccer stud. He shifts units outside the traditional realm of Madrid’s support; he is a mainstream celebrity with the playboy lifestyle to boot.
Bale, meanwhile, says little outside his post-match duties, does not date Russian supermodels, does not sport a shiny tan, and is unlikely to publish an unintentionally hilarious biography in pictures.
Bale’s potential on the pitch is limitless, but his revenue potential is not. Real are likely to finish first or second in La Liga whatever happens; they will eat up the lion’s share of Spain’s top-heavy private TV cash alongside Barcelona.
Bale can fire them to Champions League success, sure, and with that an additional £10-20m in prize money. But Real are already a global superbrand so there will be little impact on their overall revenue stream from sponsorship, merchandise and TV subscriptions.
So why push the boat out for Bale? Club president Florentino Perez’s ‘galactico’ policy made him popular with fans, but Real’s dip in form and dressing room problems saw him resign in 2006.
He was back soon afterwards but, with Real having not won a Champions League in over a decade, time is running out. The signing of Bale reduces the team’s reliance on Ronaldo, and if they win the Champions League, will keep Perez in charge.
Source: Yahoo.

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