It is not surprising that Gareth Bale’s popularity in Madrid is not high. The Welsh international was barely a part of the team dynamics in his final years at the club and disrespected the institution on multiple occasions.
Earlier this week, Real Madrid legend Luis Figo was quizzed on his thoughts about Bale’s contributions to the club. As revealed via 90min, the legend defended the Welsh star and said he achieved great things with the club.
“Bale played for Real Madrid for a long time. For some time it worked very well. In terms of performance, he achieved very important personal moments but suffered many injuries.”
While Figo admitted that Bale’s final years at the club were far from impressive, he urged fans not to forget his important contributions.
“His last spell at the club was not positive because he did not play due to injuries. I think in his last phase with Real Madrid he could have done better. But you can’t forget what he did for the club.”
Last month, the forward confirmed that he would be leaving the club after spending close to ten years in Madrid. He won five UEFA Champions League and three La Liga titles during his stay with Los Blancos.
On 27th June, LAFC revealed that they had signed the forward on a 12-month contract. He is set to make his MLS debut in the coming month and will look to return to his best form for the American side.
Luis Figo played for Los Blancos from 2000 to 2005, making 164 appearances and scoring 34 goals. He was most famous for making the controversial move from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000 which fuelled up the El Clasico rivalry.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.