Aug 7, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Members of the Real Madrid soccer team poses for photographers a game against Chelsea of the International Champions Cup Championship finals at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Barcelona manager Martino: Gareth Bale transfer fee shows "lack of respect"

Welsh superstar winger Gareth Bale appears to be on his way to Real Madrid, as the Spanish giants are negotiating a massive transfer deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the services of the 24 year old. But Real’s biggest rival won’t let that go down without a bit of commentary.

Barca’s manager Gerardo Martino spoke out about the rumored 100 million Euro transfer fee that it will take to bring Bale to Madrid, saying that it’s disrespectful given the current state of the economy in Spain.

Fox Sports obtained this quote from Martino:

“How I feel about Madrid signing Bale for about €100m? He is an excellent player, but the fee that’s being mentioned shows a lack of respect for the world we live in.”

Martino does have a valid point, as spending such a large sum of money for a football player in a nation with massive unemployment and national debt seems to spit in the face of hard-working citizens who can’t get by in the current circumstances.

But much like any sports rivalry in the world, there’s certainly plenty of bias from Barca when it comes to commenting on Real Madrid’s dealings.

Barcelona completed the transfer of Neymar this summer, and according to Forbes, it was the ninth most expensive transfer in the history of world football. And while the sum was almost half of what Madrid are set to spend on Bale, it proves that neither side is innocent in terms of big spending.

Just another day in the biggest rivalry in Spanish football.



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