Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bale to become La Liga royalty on Jakarta tour

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid

Matt Law

Gareth Bale's elevation to one of world football's biggest stars will be further underlined when he is given the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi treatment this week.

Having scored in Real Madrid's Champions League final success, Bale will fly out for a personal post-season promotional tour of Indonesia, where he will be treated like royalty.

Bale is poised to earn around £2.5m for spending two days in Jakarta at the end of the week, with city officials closing roads along which he will be paraded.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star will attend a meet-and-greet event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel next Saturday, when guests will pay around £150 each to spend time with Real's latest galactico and take pictures.

Bale's lucrative Jakarta appearance is further evidence that he is moving on to a similar level to La Liga's two other box-office stars, both on and off the pitch.

He scored two of Real's most important goals of the season, the King's Cup winner over Barcelona and giving his team an extra-time lead against Atletico Madrid on their way to Champions League glory.

Bale, though, insisted that his growing status in world football and influence on the Real side would not lead to greater competition between himself and Ronaldo, who scored the fourth goal against Atletico from the penalty spot.

"We work well on the pitch together," Bale said. "We are enjoying playing our football, the whole team. Anybody will tell you no matter who scores the goals we are all happy to win trophies."

Bale's first season in Spain has justified Real's decision to spend a world record £85.2m fee on him.

Tottenham did not make any extra profit from the Champions League success, as the transfer did not include add-ons.

However, Spurs did net a multi-million-pound windfall from Luka Modric's final appearance. Real paid Spurs an initial £27.8m for the Croatian, rising by £5.5m based on appearances and success, including reaching the Champions League final. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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