Who will be the king of La Liga next season?
If reports are true than Real Madrid have tabled a world record £85m for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, offering the chance of the Welshman and Barcelona’s Neymar both playing in Spain next season.
The two superstars are arguably neck-and-neck behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned the best player in the world so fanatix has compared the duo.
Gareth Bale – 2012/13:
Matches: 53 (33 Premier League, eight Europa League, two FA Cup, one League Cup, six World Cup qualifiers, two international friendlies).
Goals: 31 (21 Premier League, three Europa League, one FA Cup, one League Cup, four World Cup qualifiers, one international friendlies).
Assists: 17 (nine Premier League, three Europa League, three FA Cup, one World Cup qualifiers, one international friendlies).
It was an utterly outstanding year for Bale, when despite arguably the best ever seasons from the likes of Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Juan Mata, the Welshman still won (rightly) the PFA Player of the Year award.
Whether Bale is ready to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world or whether the 24-year-old should stay at White Hart Lane and further nurture his talent under Andre Villas-Boas is debatable, but it’s likely the winger will outgrow Spurs in the near future.
Neymar – 2012/13:
Matches: 53 (17 Serie A, 12 Copa Libertadores, two Club World Cup, two Recopa Sudamericana, 15 international friendlies, five Confederations Cup).
Goals: 39 (14 Serie A, eight Copa Libertadores, one Club World Cup, one Recopa Sudamericana, 11 international friendlies, four Confederations Cup).
Assists: 22 (eight Serie A, three Copa Libertadores, seven international friendlies, four Confederations Cup).
The 21-year-old has been making a huge name for himself in Neymar’s home country of Brazil for quite some time, despite the forward’s young age.
Recent performances in the Confederations Cup against some of the best players in the world seem to confirm the hype and Barcelona were moved to pay £48.6m for the young Brazilian.