Madrid have now smashed the record for the last five times.
After much speculation it has been confirmed that Real Madrid have paid a world record £85.3m (€100m) for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 1, 2013
The deal breaks that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch from Manchester United to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 by over £5m and makes it five times consecutively that Los Blancos have topped the record.
Along with Ronaldo, Madrid also paid what was a world record fee for Kaka (2009), Zinedine Zidane (2001) and Luis Figo (2000).
It was always likely that Bale was going to be the next on that illustrious list, after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy pushed the Spanish giants as far as they would go.
The player himself has remained quiet during the entire time of speculation regarding the Welshman’s future, but has now spoken to the Tottenham fans about why the 24-year-old has left White Hart Lane.
“I have had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye,” Bale told the club’s website.
“I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams, but I can honestly say, this is my dream come true.
“Tottenham will always be in my heart and I’m sure that this season will be a successful one for them.
“I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.”
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