Gareth Bale salary enough to pay 4,000 teachers

BY GILBERT WANDERA AND AGENCIES

Transfer fees in the football world continue to astound and the most recent of former tottenham Hotspurs forward Gareth Bale is no different. Spanish giants have broken the bank to make Bale the most expensive footballer in the world after agreeing to a jaw dropping Sh23.95billion deal.

The 24-year- old has been offered a six-year deal that will see him earn Sh12.262 billion over the period while his former club will bank a hooping Sh11.76billion. Bale will be paid a staggering salary of Sh41million per week which translates to a whooping Sh164- million per month. With his monthly salary Bale can afford to pay the salary of 4100 secondary school teachers who earn an verage of Sh40,000 every month.

He also can pay the monthly salary of 3280 intern doctors working in government hospitals. Intern doctors earn an average of Sh50,000. The total money spent on the player’s transfer fee can fund an almost similar highway as the famous Thika super highway, which cost Sh31billion to build. Furthermore, the player’s earnings during his six year period at the Bernabeu worth Sh12.262billion can be used to employ 35,000 teachers.

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 The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) n its budget estimates had wanted treasury to set aside Sh15.2billion to employ 40,000 teachers. Furthermore, Bale’s transfer fee can fund up to half of the Ministry of Health annual budget of Sh34.7billion as well as a good part of the Sh78.5billlion allocated to the Ministry of transport and Sh67billion given to the Interior Ministry. It can cover the entire Sh10.3billion allocated to free primary education, Sh2.6billion to school feeding programme and Sh20.9billion for free secondary school education.

 The Interior ministry would also have money to fund the Sh4billion allocated to lease security cars annually as well as another similar amount set aside for research.

 But Bale’s salary is still low compared to the Sh37.33 billion that Lionel Messi earned at Barcelona last year. But he is in the league of other high earners like team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo who is paid Sh32.7billion per year and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney who earns Sh23.163billion. Madrid also paid another world record transfer fee of h10.9billion to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

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 Bale was paraded at Real’s 85,000- seater stadium, the Bernabeu, at the transfer window was shut. In a statement on the Spurs website, Bale said: “I have had six very happy years at tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye. “We’ve had some special times together over the years and I’ve loved every minute of it. “I would like to thank everyone at the club, the chairman, board, staff, coaches, players — and most of all the fantastic fans who I hope will understand this amazing opportunity.

 “I am not sure there is ever a good time to leave a club where I felt settled and was playing the best football of my career to date. “I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams but I can honestly say this is my dream come true. “Tottenham will always be in my heart and I’m sure that this season will be a successful one for them. “I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.” Bale, who grew up in the Cardiff suburb of Whitchurch, had been living in a Sh1.7billion detached house in chigwell, Essex, near Spurs’ old training ground. He has a baby girl, Alba Violet, with his long-term sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones, who he met at school.

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