Ungainly bad-luck omen Gareth Bale becomes phenomenon: press

Gareth Bale, who the Guardian called the "100-million euro man", later admitted that he "definitely needed to toughen up". The Daily Telegraph's Kristian Walsh also marvelled at the shy star's transformation from "an awkward left back that cursed his Tottenham team" to "phenomenon".

updated: September 02, 2013 11:33 IST
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London: From "alice band-wearing softie" to Real Madrid galactico is how Britain's press on Monday summed up the stunning rise of Gareth Bale after his transfer for an unconfirmed world-record fee.

Widespread reports in England have suggested Bale's move from Tottenham Hotspur to Madrid, announced late Sunday, will make the Welshman the world's most expensive player with Real set to pay 101 million euros ($133.5 million, £86 million) for his services.

But the Guardian's David Hytner recalled that Bale's journey to the top had not always been smooth, highlighting a training ground clash during his early, barren days at Spurs which prompted then boss Harry Redknapp to demand an improvement in his attitude.

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