Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  By By Dermot Corrigan  |  Last updated 9/1/13
After months of rumors, speculation, links, gossip, media spin, some premature announcements, and much blatant misinformation, the end came via a short statement released online on Sunday night in the Spanish capital. "B Day" had finally arrived, and Gareth Bale is to be presented as a new Real Madrid player at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Monday afternoon -- just hours before the summer transfer window slams shut. The dramatic end was fitting as this has been soccer's first truly postmodern transfer: played out within the glare of the media, with both clubs and various agents competing to shape the summer's biggest transfer narrative. Supporters worldwide have been unable to tear their eyes away as each day brought some new development. Last weekend Madrid-supporting sports paper Marca had photos of Bale relaxing by a pool on Spain's Costa del Sol as he waited for things to be finalized. Rival paper AS had details Sunday morning of the hotel in which Bale would stay on Sunda...
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