Tottenham have re-signed Wales forward Gareth Bale from Spanish champions Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
He initially joined Tottenham as a 17-year-old from Southampton in 2007 for an preliminary cost of £5m.
Bale has additionally gained two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups with Real.
He stays the costliest British participant in historical past, in addition to the top-scoring British participant in La Liga – with 80 objectives and 40 assists in 171 league appearances, averaging a aim or help each 104 minutes.
However, a run of accidents, detached kind and a deteriorating relationship with supervisor Zinedine Zidane had seen Bale develop into a marginal determine.
From the world’s most costly signing to a participant on the fringes
Real eclipsed the £80m they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to take Bale to the Bernabeu, with the forward signing an preliminary £300,000-per-week, six-year contract.
He prolonged his stick with a brand new six-year deal in 2016, reported to be price £600,000 per week – and £150m over its period – in salaries and bonuses.
The Welshman was massively profitable in his first few seasons at Real, scoring within the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals, in addition to the 2014 Copa del Rey closing.
BBC Sport readers voted Bale as the perfect British export of the Premier League period earlier this yr, his 42% share comfortably eclipsing former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid winger David Beckham’s 29%.
|Champions League||2014, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|La Liga||2016-17, 2019-20|
|Copa del Rey||2014|
|Uefa Super Cup||2014, 2016, 2017|
|Club World Cup||2014, 2017, 2018|
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