Gareth Bale’s new £108 million six-year deal at Real Madrid puts the Welshman among the highest paid footballers on the planet.
Bale, who was previously the most expensive footballer before Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United checks in at number 3 just behind Messi and Ronaldo and ahead of Neymar.
He is set to take home about £350,000 (over Ksh 43 million) a week after tax according to reports following his magnificent performances last year which has earned him a place on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
The 27-year-old arrived at the Bernabeu from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. He has since helped Real win five trophies, including the Champions League twice, scoring 62 goals in his 135 appearances.
Bale notably scored the crucial second goal that ended Real’s 12-year wait for their 10th Champions League trophy in his debut season over city rivals Athletico.
The Southampton academy graduate went on to form an impressive attacking partnership with Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and France striker Karim Benzema dubbing them the ”BBC”.
Reports coming from the Bernabeu are indicating Cristiano Ronaldo would also be offered a new deal to extend his stay in the coming weeks.
Ronaldo will surely be retaining his status as top dog in the earning category worldwide after the deal.
The Spanish giants have also handed out lucrative renewals to Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez in a bid to hold onto their key men following the one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA.
They will also be trying to ward off interest from cash-rich Premier League clubs thanks to the £5 billion TV deal backing them.
Real Madrid will be hoping the new lucrative deals to Gareth Bale and other players would lead to another glorious era at the Santiago Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane.