On this day: Gareth Bale broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer record

It was exactly six years ago, when Gareth Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid, becoming the most expensive player in the world.

Welsh winger Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid on this day back in 2013 for a world- record transfer fee of €100 million, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s fee of €94 million when he joined the Spanish giants.

The Southampton academy graduate had already established himself as one of the most talented players in the world, winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award twice in 2011 and 2013.

Bale was also named the PFA Young Player of the Year in his last season at Tottenham, leading the Spurs to a top-four finish twice during his six years at White Hart Lane.

His Real Madrid debut came a two weeks later after, as he netted in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

In his first season at the club, Bale won a Champions League and Copa del Rey double, netting in both finals.

The goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Final is considered as one of the best goals of his career. He outsprinted Marc Bartra from the halfway line, while running off the field at one point, to score the decisive goal with only five minutes remaining.

In the Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid, Bale found the net in the 110th minute, to put his side 2-1 ahead. The game finished 4-1 in favor of Real, as Los Blancos won their long-awaiting La Decima – 10th Champions League crown.

Bale and Real Madrid repeated the European success three more times since then, lifting the Cup three times in a row between 2016 and 2018.

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He played a decisive role in the 2018 Champions League final, netting two goals in a 3-1 triumph over Liverpool.

His overhead kick, which was crucial for the final outcome, is arguably the most attractive goal ever seen in a European Cup final.

Gareth Bale also won the Spanish Championship with the Whites. It was two years ago, in 2017 when Madrid registered a La Liga and Champions League double.

Unfortunately, in his last few years at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the Welshman constantly struggled with injuries.

He was on the exit doors this summer, but a late decision from Florentino Perez, a day or two before completing his move to the Chinese side Jiangsu Suning extended his stay in Spain.

Bale may not be in his best form at the moment, but his achievements at Real Madrid will forever be written in the history of the club.

Four Champions League crown, one Spanish Championship, one Copa del Rey and three FIFA Club World Cups are a part of the 13 trophies he has won in the Royal White shirt since 2013.

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