Gareth Bale ‘was the ONLY Real Madrid player to REJECT a pay-cut’ to his £500,000-a-week wages at the height of the coronavirus pandemic… with rest of the dressing room ‘accepting 10% cut without hesitation’
- Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut this year
- The club asked the players and staff to take a 10 per cent cut due to coronavirus
- Welsh star was unwilling to forfeit 10 per cent of his £500,000-a-week salary
- Those that did accept a pay cut helped the club save a total of 50million euros
With the club losing revenue due to the suspension of football, the staff and players were asked to accept a 10 per cent cut to their annual salaries, with that rising to 20 per cent if the league was unable to continue.
It is believed that the entire first-team were in agreement over the wage reduction, except Bale. The Welshman was advised by his representatives to refuse the cut on his mammoth £500,000-a-week wages.
Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to take a pay cut amid the pandemic
Sergio Ramos was responsible for liaising between Real Madrid chiefs and the squad but it was Zinedine Zidane who helped the players recognise the importance of helping the club, according the Cadena Ser via Marca.
Bale, who had a difficult relationship with Zidane and the club’s fans, is reported to have been the only Madrid player who wanted to keep getting paid his full salary.
The players and staff who did forfeit 10 per cent of their wages helped the club save just under 50million euros (£45m).
Zinedine Zidane had helped the other players recognise the importance of helping the club
Bale, who earns £500,000-a-week, was unwilling to part ways with 10 per cent of that cash
Bale, who became the most expensive footballer in history upon signing for Real Madrid seven years ago, was pocketing £24million a year at Madrid – and would have saved the club £50,000 a week if he agreed to the reduction.
The Welsh forward has always been a controversial figure in the Spanish capital and following a turbulent time at Real Madrid, Bale was finally offloaded as he returned to Tottenham in the summer.
Bale will likely make his second debut with Spurs against their London rivals West Ham on Sunday.