Real Madrid spending €750,000 per game on Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale’s cost to Real Madrid is a figure that rises every day. The Welshman recently suffered another setback to his calf injury which is likely to keep him out of the Roma game in the Champions League next week.
Madrid have struggled to keep the winger fit this season and his value for money has now been questioned considering the amount of game time he’s actually clocked since his arrival at the Bernabeu.
The total cost Madrid are incurring compared to the number of minutes he has played is close to a €1 million every game. That's a staggering amount for a player who has already missed a third of the season.
Bale broke a record by becoming the most expensive signing in football history after his Transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. The fee according to Football Leaks is around €100 million.
This season Bale has only played 46% of total possible minutes for Los’ Blancos and has only 15 appearances in La Liga. In the Champions League, the showing is even worse with the 26-year having completed only 100 minutes out of a possible 360, missing four of their six group games in the process.
Bale signed a six-year contract which means his transfer fee averages to around €16.5 Million a season. His earns €18 million in wages, that brings the sum total to a whopping €34.5 million a year for 45 games a year.
In his first season, the winger completed 61% of his games. In his second term, he managed 76% which was slightly better. But this season he has managed to appear for only 46% of Madrid's Matches. His total average for all three seasons is only 64% of the total games played.
In terms of minutes he’s played for the club since his arrival, it stands at 8,626 of 13,410 minutes. It is impossible to calculate how much his game to cost ratio will rise this season considering his return date is still unknown.
Bale has had his best run for the club this season
Before his latest setback, Bale was enjoying a good run of form in the side. He has scored 13 in his 15 appearances this season and was also linking up impressively with fellow striking partners Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This has been his best streak for the club which also consists of 11 assists in those games. The numbers this season definitely show how good he can be but with persistent injuries, Real will be pondering how much more Bale will cost them and if he is worth the risk.