Spanish giants Real Madrid have not been short of uncomfortable situations this season and the club looks set for another focus on the media with details emerging that the club falsified info regarding Gareth Bale’s transfer fee.
Bale was signed from Tottenham Hotspurs in 2013 and Real have always claimed the transfer fee was worth €91.59 million, with Ronaldo’s fee eclipsing that at €96 million, but leaked documents have reported that Bale’s fee amounted to €100,759,418 after they opted to pay Spurs in instalments.
The Barclays Premier League side was also apparently deterred from revealing the financial details of the deal to the media as Real Madrid was called upon to issue a press release stating that the price of the deal was €91.59million.
The info, leaked by website, Football Leaks, places Bale’s transfer fee as the world record, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s fees paid to Manchester United and it is reported to have caused panic at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It is further reported that the key reason Real Madrid wanted the info hidden is so as to appease Ronaldo, with the Portuguese star aware that he is the most expensive in the squad.
Jonathan Barnett, Bale’s representative reacted in fury to the reports of the leak and called for an inquiry and an apology from the Football Association.
“There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation because it’s outrageous. There also needs to be an apology from the Football Association to the clubs and the player.
“I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player.” He told the Telegraph.
News of a rift in the playing unit, caused by this report would be the last thing Real Madrid want given the club is currently banned from making transfers in the next two transfer windows.