English | 2013 | ISBN: 1857826795, 1843583941 | 288 Pages | EPUB | 1.5 MB
In September 2013 Gareth Bale became the most expensive player EVER in world football when he moved to Real Madrid in a staggering and world-record breaking deal.
Always an exceptional athlete (at school his PE teacher had to impose special restrictions on him to make it fair for other pupils) Bale became the second youngest player ever to sign to Southampton at 16 years and 275 days. He was extremely impressive in his first season and wasn t long before the Premier League came calling and in 2007 Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur.
By 2009 he had secured a place in the first team and proved himself to be a top-class footballer with a stunning hat-trick in Tottenham s Europa League tie against Inter Milan at the San Siro and a man-of-the-match performance in the return leg. Despite these successes and several appearances for Wales, Bale was looking beyond the Premier League and he wouldn t have to wait too much longer to see his dream realised.
IN 2013 Gareth Bale s wait to join Real Madrid, his childhood heroes, was over and the deal would be a record-breaker. The Spanish giants shelled out a massive 100million euros – ê86 million for him and, unsurprisingly, Bale signed on the dotted line.
But just how had an easy-going, uncomplicated boy from Cardiff become the most wanted man on Planet Football? What motivated him and who were the key players in his development from injury-prone youngster to one of the best three players in the world?
Acclaimed football biographer Frank Worrall delves behind the headlines to give an insight into the man behind the headlines in this, the only biography of the 100-million man.