Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale says that he does think about the fee and tries to enjoy himself on the pitch.
Gareth Bale had always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and last summer he achieved it.
The Wales international winger joined the long list of Galacticos and left Tottenham Hotspur for the Spanish giants for a world-record transfer fee of £85 million. The pressure was immense on the 24-year-old as he had to deliver right from the start and lead Los Blancos to Champions League glory.
Injuries and lack of pre-season preparations threatened to derail Bale, but he recovered brilliantly to establish himself as a key player in Carlo Ancelotti’s lineup.
14 goals and 12 assists in just 25 league appearances have made him one of the stars in La Liga, while five goals and three assists in 11 Champions League matches have seen him play a key role in his team’s march towards the final. Then there was THAT goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final that led England legend Gary Lineker to label him a “superstar”.
Bale has been worth every penny that Madrid splashed out for him last summer, but he does not care how much he cost. The Welshman, who arrived in Madrid to realise a boyhood dream, insists that while he is on the pitch, his focus is entirely on playing football and enjoying himself.
‘I do think of the journey I have made’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘Missing pre-season affected me massively. I didn't realise how important a pre-season was until I came to Madrid.
‘It took a little while for me to get going, which I think everyone understood. But I have been able to really kick-on after Christmas, to get my fitness up and play well.
‘I try not to think about the fee. I came to Madrid to play football and I am enjoying that. If I think about that and nothing else, then I know that I'll play well’.