By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 09:25 BST, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 10:16 BST, 17 September 2020
Real Madrid will be breathing a sigh of relief after finally getting the bulk of Gareth Bale's wages off their books this season.
The Welshman, who currently earns £500,000 per week before tax, has been burning a huge hole in Florentino Perez's pocket, especially since the Spanish club were getting very little in return for their huge investment.
Bale ended up costing Real an eye-watering £13,174 (14,450 euros) for every minute he spent on the field last season, having been exiled to the bench by manager Zinedine Zidane.
Gareth Bale earned huge sums of money by doing very little for Real Madrid last season
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In total, Bale played 1,260 minutes across 20 Real matches in all competitions - 27.5 per cent of the total the team played - scoring three