Bale isn't young. A 24 year old isn't young. Neymar is young, a goal scoring machine and is in the top 3-5 marketable players in the world and cost £50m, a fee that just a few months ago people thought was ridiculous. But yeah, you already admitted that he isn't worth that much so I won't go any further.
Also, trademarking a heart shaped hand gesture, that players have done way before he was born, doesn't make him marketable. Albeit he made himself a good few million quid (annually) but marketable? At the moment, no. Potentially? Yes. But for a player to cost that much would mean he would have to have already been an established "marketable" player.
Example? We just need to look at players that are in social networking sites. The top 5 most followed players on Twitter are Ronaldo, Kaka, Neymar, Ronaldinho and Rooney. These players barely tweet themselves and their twitter are occasionally used to promote other products. Bale is only at 1.15m followers which is way off from the big boys.
The reason why I brought up "marketable players" is that these players pay off their transfer fee by their marketability, which at times justifies their colossal transfer fee. Ronaldo's £80m was paid off within one year (http://metro.co.uk/2...d-claim-242129/) and while some people think Madrid are losing money by keeping Kaka, a £65m player that barely plays and is on £250,000 a week, it is actually the other way around. They lose Kaka, they lose revenues.
And I agree on your last point. The best player from any team that attracts interest from other clubs, their market value would inflate drastically. But come on, at that fee? Tottenham is worth £436,3m http://www.independe...ol-8550552.html, Bale is valued at £85m or roughly 20% of Tottenham's whole net worth. I wasn't kidding with my post in the other thread. It'd be easier for Madrid to buy Tottenham's shares and force the move from within.
Edited by Magnanimous, 13 August 2013 - 05:26 PM.