Gareth Bale is in his deepest rut since arriving in Madrid in 2013. Injuries have not allowed the Wales international to shine in the last three seasons. He is the 15th most used player in Zinedine Zidane’s squad, and was a substitute for both legs of the Champions League last-16 against PSG.
Bale value drops by €5m
This has affected Bale’s market value. According to Transfermarkt – a website that specialises in player valuations – Bale’s value has dropped from €80 million to €75m since he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. His value peaked at €90m, but has been on the decline since June 2017.
Bale arrived in 2013 with the aim of being Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term replacement. Yet Ronaldo has not significantly declined in terms of his level, while Bale has not significantly improved. The former-Spurs man had a fine first season, scoring in the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League. But that has proved to be an early peak.
Ronaldo value has increased
Ronaldo has morphed in to a central striker, and with great success. Despite recently celebrating his 33rd birthday, Ronaldo’s value has increased from €70m when he joined in 2009 to €120m now. Part of that rise, however, should be attributed to the general inflation of prices in the transfer market.
It will be difficult for Real Madrid to recoup the €101m they spent on Bale in 2013, if they choose to sell him this summer. That said, his stock remains high in England, where he was twice named the Premier League player of the year. And in a market where Romelu Lukaku (€85m), Virgil van Dijk (€79m), and Benjamin Mendy (€57m) have commanded exorbitant fees, Bale’s true value to clubs posturing for his signature is hard to predict.