GARETH Bale has been accused of rejecting a wage cut during the height of coronavirus pandemic – while his Real Madrid team-mates did agree to have their salaries slashed.
The winger was reportedly making £500,000-a-week while over in Spain, despite often being left out of the squad during his turbulent final few years at the club.
Reports this morning say he was the only player out of the entire Madrid squad who refused any sort of pay cut as the Spanish side were plunged into financial chaos due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
It is believed the whole team were in agreement over a wage reduction – apart from Bale.
The Welshman's representatives reportedly advised his to stop the club slashing any part of his enormous salary packet.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, despite Sergio Ramos and Zinedine Zidane's best efforts to liaise with the players about helping the club, Bale was having none of it.
The 31-year-old star had a difficult relationship with his French boss and the club's fans, but it is not known if that directly factored into his alleged decision-making.
The other players – and some staff – who did forfeit 10 per cent of the wages helped the club save 50million euros (£45m).
Bale became the world's most expensive footballer when he signed for the Spanish giants in 2013.
The hefty wages he was on before he left meant he would've been earning around £24m a year while at Madrid.
He returned to Tottenham last month, but injury has delayed his second debut at the club.
The winger could make an appearance against West Ham this afternoon.
He joins a front three which already includes world-class talent like Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, which some pundits say is as good as any strike force in the league.
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