Gareth Bale has spent three trophy-laden seasons with Real Madrid and is now on the brink of extending his stay at the Bernabeu to 2021 with a lucrative new deal.
Despite an initial turbulent period, the Welshman slowly but surely found his footing, demonstrating the worth of his world-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
Spanish newspaper Marca report that the 27-year-old’s annual earnings are set to reach €10m, surpassing club favourite Sergio Ramos’ alleged salary and becoming the club’s second highest paid player behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
In anticipation of this renewed commitment, Sport360 selects snapshots detailing the Welsh phenomenon’s illustrious career in Madrid thus far.
What have you made of Bale’s time with Real and do you think he is becoming a more important player in Zinedine Zidane’s lineup than Ronaldo?