Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon reckons that Gareth Bale has not been a successful signing. He feels sorry for the Welshman for being unable to live up to his potential at the Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale became the then most expensive player when Real Madrid broke the banks for his signature from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. However, whether or not Bale has lived up to his true potential at Madrid is something we have to discuss next time. But to say that the former Tottenham winger has not repaid his money’s worth on the Los Blancos shirt would be quite harsh. Because at least he brought a few silverware at the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was still enjoying the title of the world’s highest-paid for, five years before Bale’s eventual €100 million transfer broke his record with a slight difference.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid to Juventus, Gareth Bale was expected to take the talismanic role at the club. Instead, he went on a decline.
Last season, Bale was frozen out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad, and now he’s understood to be on the verge of returning to White Hart Lane on a season-long loan deal.
Moreover, former Real’s president Ramon Calderon suggests that if not for his recurring fitness issues, Gareth would have probably given more to the Spanish giants.
Ramon Calderon On Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid Situation
“I think it’s been a pity. He came with the handicap that we paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo, and that meant that he was under scrutiny all the time,” Ramon Calderon told the Daily Star.
“They were thinking that he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and on top of that, he had many injuries, and he was unlucky.”
“I don’t know; really, it hasn’t been a successful signing, which is a pity because, as I say, the player is a very good player.”
Yes, Gareth Bale could have made a greater impact at Madrid but those were thinking he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo set themselves up for early disappointment! What do you think? Feel free to let us know below!