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As the world football elite attempt to squeeze through last-minute transfers, find out exactly what goes on behind the scenes of a modern-day deal from those truly in the know.
At 11pm on Monday evening, the annual carousel of football transfer drama will finally creak to a halt. It will formally end what has been a record-breaking summer of saga, scandal, custom-built stages in Madrid and a pair of particularly revealing shorts – and that’s just Gareth Bale.
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a staggering five-year deal with Real Madrid – worth almost twice as much as Gareth Bale will be earning in Spain.
Under the new agreement, which scuppers any immediate hope Manchester United have of persuading their former player to return, Ronaldo will earn a remarkable £15million a year after tax and before bonuses, or £288,000 a week, dwarfing Bale’s annual £8.3m.
9 year old Swedish footballing prodigy Zico Jr Marecaldi will leave his home town of Malmö in southern Sweden this week to move to Barcelona after having been signed up by the all-conquering Catalans.
“On Wednesday Zico leaves for Barcelona for new challenges,” BK Olympic, a Swedish fifth-tier club based in Malmo, announced on their website.
The management group that secured the Welshman’s €100 million move to the Spanish capital have themselves earned a staggering nine-figure sum through his signing-on fee and salary.
Gareth Bale joined a small elite of mega-rich sportsmen when he completed his world-record €100 million transfer to Real Madrid earlier this month.
But a sizeable portion of the 24-year-old’s monstrous €358,000-a-week wages will go to the management firm who made the deal happen.
If there is a team and player in MLS that gives the Montreal Impact headaches, it is the Columbus Crew and Dominic Oduro.
The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crew’s 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon.
Defender Chad Marshall and striker Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus, which has been a thorn in Montreal’s side this season.