Real Madrid's president on Tuesday revealed that Gareth Bale had cost 91 million euros, confirming the Welsh winger had been insured for the value of his transfer fee.
Questioned on whether Real's injured star is insured for 91 million euros ($123 million, 78 million pounds) in the event that he is forced to end his career, club president Florentino Perez replied: "Yes, sure".
"It's a life insurance, against accidents. Bale is insured for the amount he cost," he added, making it clear that the insurance policy covers death and permanent invalidity.
Neither Real Madrid nor Tottenham, Bale's former English Premier League club, had previously disclosed the price tag.
The figure means that Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo remains the world's most expensive player, costing 94 million euros (80 million pounds) when he moved from Manchester United in 2009.
Perez also denied a report that Bale, who has only started one match since his August transfer due to a series of niggling injuries, had suffered a herniated disc.AFP