How Gareth Bale toppled Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid’s Highest Earner

The rivalry between Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo is far from ending, not even now that the Welshman has outstaged him as the highest earner at Real Madrid.

On his arrival to Santiago Bernabeu, Bale was nicknamed a “ballhog” for not passing the ball to Ronaldo.

However, football critics argued in favor of the former Tottenham henchman, saying his action was a response to an alleged gang up, spearheaded by the Portuguese against him.

Media reports critisized CR7 for an alleged discontentment following rumors of a world record transfer fee paid by Madrid to sign Bale from Tottenham. This was the beginning of an acrimony that seem to be far from ending.

Neil Moxley wrote in a report published by Sunday People that the handwriting was boldly written on the wall from Bale’s first day at Bernabeu.

Football analysts say Ronaldo should take the blame for starting out on a bad footing with the 27-year-old. Rumors were rife that he was unhappy when Bale arrived as the club’s next big star.

Madrid players were playing one-touch with Bale when Ronaldo blessed him with a very dangerous sliding tackle, reports confirmed at that time.

Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo

Later in their training, Bale dribbled through Ronaldo’s legs to the applause of teammates, and the Cardiff-born star raised his two middle fingers to Ronaldo’s face – a “f**k you” sign that shows he doesn’t give a damn to the “burning coal”.

Though both players have made their marks on the pitch, playing for Madrid and their different countries, the Welshman’s stunning six year deal which is worth a whooping £600,000 a week, has placed him above Ronaldo in Madrid’s payroll.

The Wales international footballer is also said to have a BILLION euro buy-out clause attached to his new contract.

In 2013, Bale became the world’s most expensive player when he moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham though the media accused Madrid of underplaying the transfer details in order not to outrage CR7.

The Brit has so far, won two Champions League titles and the Copa del Rey.

Gareth Bale is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo as Pepe looks on

Bale will take home approximately £350,00-a-week after tax – more than Ronald’s current wage of £290,000.

The new contract has effectively squashed any hopes left for Manchester United and other English Premier League clubs that were said to be on his trail recently.


Bale applied a good business strategy during his contract negotiation which came at a very favourable time. He was offered a new deal earlier in the season but stalled on agreeing it, knowing that Real Madrid won’t be allowed to sign new players until January 2018 due to a ban from FIFA.

Bale joins Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez as the fourth player to sign a contract extension with Madrid since October.

“Real Madrid CF and Gareth Bale have agreed to the extension of the player’s contract, which ties him to the club until June 30, 2022,” said a club statement.

The Portuguese star looks favored to grab his fourth Ballon d’Or after Messi outstaged him for a fifth win, last year.

Reports say CR7 is negotiating his deal and is expected to sign a new contract soon. If his new salary happens to be anything above Bale’s current pay, it’ll be all good for the club and everyone but the Welshman is having a good at this moment.

John Toshack, the former Madrid coach who gave Bale his international debut at the age of 16, says Bale has all that he needs to be the best player at Madrid.

“I see a Real Madrid enjoying Bale at the top of his game for two or three years. I believe Bale will win the Ballon d’Or in his career. In a few years, he will become the leader,” Toshack said of the former Southampton fullback.

The Welshman has scored 62 goals, including 50 in La Liga, with only 135 appearances. His influence in the team makes him a part of Real Madrid’s deadly BBC forward line with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Sami Khedira, Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's assistant manager Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe take part in a training session