Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to cut his wages earlier this year as Los Blancos grappled with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
With the club losing revenue due to the cessation of football, staff and players were asked to accept a 10 percent cut in their annual salary, which rose to 20 percent if the league couldn’t move on.
It is believed that all of the first team, with the exception of Bale, agreed on the wage cut. The Welshman was instructed by his agents to oppose the cut and to see to his weekly salary of £ 500,000.
Gareth Bale was the only Real Madrid player to refuse to cut his wages amid the pandemic
Sergio Ramos was responsible for the liaison between Real Madrid bosses and the squad but it was Zinedine Zidane who helped the players see the importance of supporting the club, according to Cadena Ser via Marca.
Bale, who had a difficult relationship with the club and its fans last season, was the only one to turn it down.
Zinedine Zidane had helped the other players see the importance of supporting the club
Bale, who makes £ 500,000 a week, was unwilling to part with 10 percent of that money
The players and employees, who lost 10 percent of their wages, helped the club to save almost 50 million euros.
Bale, who became Real Madrid’s most expensive footballer in history seven years ago, is making £ 500,000 a week – making his rejection even more frustrating for those associated with the club.
The Welsh striker has always been a controversial figure in the Spanish capital. After a tumultuous period at Real Madrid, Bale has returned to north London to play for Tottenham this season.
Bale is likely to make his second debut with Spurs in the London derby against West Ham this weekend.