Sepp Blatter made his comments about Gareth Bale while at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Sepp Blatter made his comments about Gareth Bale while at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
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ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter doubts whether Gareth Bale was worth a world-record 100 million euros ($132 million).

Real Madrid made the Welsh winger the most expensive footballer in history when he was signed on Sunday from Tottenham.

Blatter says "if a player is the value of that, I doubt, I doubt, but I cannot stop this.''

The transfer fee was at odds with the economic hardships in Spain, which has been in recession for much of the past four years.

Blatter says "when you say the country is a poor country or indebted, but in football you always find money ... this is the market and we cannot intervene in this market.''

Blatter was speaking Tuesday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich a day after the European transfer window closed.

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