Real Madrid present record signing to fans
By Kate Slater | 02 September 2013
Gareth Bale

Kinesio fan Gareth Bale became the most expensive footballer in history when he joined Real Madrid from Spurs in a world record breaking deal in August 2013.

The Wales star agreed a £300,000 per week, six-year deal after sealing an £85.3m (100m euros) move. This eclipses the previous record set by Real Madrid when they paid £80m to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Bale, who has never made any secret of his love for Kinesio Taping, joined Spurs as a left-back for £10m from Southampton in 2007 and scored 26 goals last season. He was named both the Professional Footballers' Association's and Football Writers' player of the year.

Gareth Bale was introduced to Kinesio Taping by his physio Danny Murphy in 2011. Since then, during matches he is rarely seen without it on his inner thighs and groin area and sometimes also wears it on his back. He initially used Kinesio to help stiff thighs post match and discovered that his inner thighs were much looser, he could play for longer and wasn?t as stiff afterwards if he was wearing it.

Gareth Bale and Kevin Anderson

He says: "Kinesio Taping is now part of my pre-match routine and I don?t play matches without it. I used to have to carry out lots of stretching and have lots of massages pre and post matches but Kinesio has reduced the need for this. I would definitely recommend it to other footballers as it really helps my performance and recovery."

Gareth Bale then went on to promote Kinesio precut sales and appeared in a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself in Boots stores up and down the country. At the time he said: "As a believer in the product I?m really happy to help and be part of an exciting new brand. I think it?s great that a product like this will be available to everyone of all ages. I?m happy to promote the product in this way."

Managing Director of Kinesio UK, Kevin Anderson says: "The most expensive football player in the world could have any therapeutic treatment under the sun, yet he chooses to wear Kinesio and is rarely seen playing matches without it. I think that says it all. It says that taping with Kinesio is the best, most effective therapy there is for athletes or anyone of any age who suffers from muscular or joint injury. Gareth Bale?s outstanding career so far has undoubtedly been helped by Kinesio Taping. He is a fantastic player and a great ambassador for Kinesio and we wish him all the very best for his time at Real Madrid."

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