Bulgarian ace says Welshman isn’t worth the money.
Former Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has slammed Real Madrid’s £86 million valuation of Gareth Bale and has insisted that he would have been priceless, the Mirror reports.
The Bulgarian, who lifted the Champions League and five Spanish titles during two separate spells with the Catalan club between 1990-95 and 1996-98, believes that the capital club have payed far over the odds for the 24-year-old.
Stoichkov said: “If Bale is worth €100 million, I would have been priceless.”
The 47-year-old also hit out at Bale himself after reports emerged that he has not turned up to training with the north London club this week.
“Bale has shown a lack of respect toward his Tottenham team-mates by not showing up for training,” he added.
Speaking to news source Ondo Cero, the former striker-cum-winger also went on to question the success rate of players moving from the Premier League to La Liga.
“No Englishman who came to Spanish football has ever succeeded.”
However, that is not strictly true. Steve McManaman helped the club to two Champions League tittles and two league victories during his spell with the club in the late ’90s, and David Beckham notched up a single league title of his own whilst with the club.