Real Madrid complete signing of Bale

Real Madrid complete signing of Bale

European Soccer

Real Madrid complete signing of Bale

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur and Wales smiles as he sits in the dugout

By DAN KARELL

Finally, it’s over.

Real Madrid officially announced on Sunday that they had completed the long-awaited transfer of Gareth Bale, reportedly for upwards of $132 million in transfer fees, from Tottenham to the Madrid club. The club announced that Bale has signed a six-year contract as well, but did not disclose the transfer fee or contract amount.

Bale was the most sought-after player in this summer’s European transfer market after a season where he racked in the accolades, winning numerous English Premier League Player of the Year honors following a 21-goal season. If the reported price of the transfer is true, Bale becomes the most expensive transfer in soccer’s history, shattering the $123 million spent by Real Madrid in 2009 to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old Welsh international will be presented on Monday at 1pm local time (7am ET) in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

What do you think of this news? Happy that the drawn-out transfer is finally complete? Do you believe Bale can live up to his lofty expectations?

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