With the check now written, Real Madrid has acquired Gareth Bale for a record £85.3 million ($132.9 million) transfer fee, making him the most expensive footballer ever on a single transfer.
The fee for the Welsh international moves him past new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, for whom Real doled out £80 million ($131.86 million) to Manchester United in 2009.
Labels: Soccer transfers
The announcement of Toronto FC’s new management team has led to much discussion in Canada of the merits of the Dutch playing system of “Total Football”. Aron Winter, the new Technical Director/Head Coach is clear on his playing vision for Toronto FC but also realistic in terms of what can be accomplished in the short-term “People are aware of the Dutch playing Total Football. We want to play a style for Toronto, but it will take time – maybe three years. We have goals in the meantime for next year”.