Spanish paper hails Bale transfer as the best of the year

Gareth Bale's transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid has been commended as the best move of the year.

Spanish paper Marca made the claim, suggesting that Bale's season eclipsed that of Neymar, who signed for Real's La Liga rivals Barcelona last summer. Despite the Brazilian impressing in early season exchanges, it was the Welshman who had a larger impact across the entire season - scoring in both the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League final victories.

The newspaper compared the former Tottenham Hotspur man's stats with those of other 'rookies' - those being people who moved in the summer transfer window - and found that the world record £91million Welshman had a greater impact throughout the season than the likes of Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and Falcao.

The forward has been involved in 38 of Real's goals this season - scoring 22 and assisting 16 - all while playing out of position to accommodate the talent of Cristiano Ronaldo on his favoured left wing.

It completes what has been a remarkably successful season for the 24-year old, who payed off his world record transfer fee with incredible showings as Real secured La Decima.

He statistically outplayed Neymar - who could only record 15 goals and 15 assists - as well Gonzalo Higuain - who scored 24 and assisted 12 times - and Alvaro Negredo, who netted 23 times and recorded eight assists. However Negredo was the most effective player per-minute-played, scoring a goal every 111 minutes to Higuain's 145 minutes and Bale's 151 minutes.

It seems logical to compare player's first seasons at respective clubs, as there is always the belief that a settling in period is required to bring the best out of a foreign player at a new club. While Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez all had incredible seasons, they have been with their current clubs for a long enough spell to be considered central components.

Bale entered, despite his large fee, as an outsider, and he did all he could to work his way into the first-team. And there is no denying that he will be a vital part of Real next season, whereby he should impress even more than this year.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch