Gareth Bale says that he is ‘not fussed’ by losing the tag of the world’s most expensive player to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
After a lengthy transfer saga, French midfielder Paul Pogba finally returned to Manchester United from Serie A giants Juventus. The 23-year-old moved to Turin in 2012 after a fall-out with the then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but due to the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the helm, the Frenchman decided to return to the place he once called his “home”.
In doing so, Pogba reportedly broke the record for the highest fee paid for a footballer in history. The United board shelled out a staggering £89.2 million for Pogba after letting him go for a meagre £800,000.
The previous record was held by Welsh superstar Gareth Bale. In order to lure him to Spain, Real Madrid spent a reported £77 million to his owners Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale held the record for three years before Pogba replaced him as the world’s most expensive player. However, the Real Madrid superstar is indifferent by the fact that he no longer holds the transfer record.
“I’m not fussed and I couldn’t care less,” said Bale (via the BBC), who is with the Wales squad preparing for Monday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Moldova.
Since his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, Bale has grown from strength to strength at the Santiago Bernabeu. Not only does he shoulder the burden for his club, but has also gained cult support for his national side.
At the recently concluded European Championships, he captained the Welsh side and led from front to guide them to the quarterfinals of their first major tournament for more than half a century.
For Los Blancos too, Bale has been a shining star. He has tallied 83 appearances for the Spanish giants and has scored an impressive 49 goals. Also, with Cristiano Ronaldo almost reaching the end of his days as a world-beating forward, Bale is the ideal man to take over the mantle from the Portuguese superstar.