Is Real Madrid's Gareth Bale bid distasteful?
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August 27th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

Is Real Madrid's Gareth Bale bid distasteful?

“A lack of respect for the world we live in.”

That was the damning assessment Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino had for the widely-expected transfer of Wales star Gareth Bale to his side’s archrivals Real Madrid.

As manager of one of Spain’s two footballing giants his role almost dictates that verbal provocation is aimed west to the capital, but it’s not just the Catalan faithful who would have been sympathetic to the Argentine’s rhetoric. FULL POST

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