Wednesday, 04 September 2013 Football
Gareth Bale has signed for Real Madrid in a world-record £85.3m six year deal and although he is the first Welsh man to grace the Bernabeu, there were a few recent British pioneers before him. What can the talented forward learn from these 3 players?
Beckham made the move from Man U to Real in 2003. His mass marketability in Asia further promoted the club and he quickly became recognized as a money making machine. His debut couldn’t have gone any better as he scored within the opening three minutes. However, the Englishman only won two pieces of silverware with the Spanish giants before his made his way across the pond to join LA Galaxy.
Owen joined Real in 2004 and struggled at the start of the season. He was still playing well for England and towards the back end of the season started to find the back of the net. However, off pitch Owen struggled to adjust to Spanish life and after only one season returned to the Premiership.
Woodgate spent his first season at Real sat on the bench due to injury. He finally made his debut at the start of the 2005 season and I bet he wish he had sat on the bench that day. One own goal plus getting sent off probably made it the worst debut in the history of the Spanish club. Woodgate’s injuries continued and he returned to the UK after two relatively lackluster seasons. However, he did claim that playing football in Spain was great for his personal development due to the fact their ‘technical and tactical work is streets ahead of our game’.
Gareth Bale's wage breakdown at Madrid: Yearly: £15,600,000 Monthly: £1,200,000 Weekly: £300,000 Daily: £42,857 Hourly: £2,040 Minute: £34