Ever since the 24 year old Welshman signed for Real Madrid in a record transfer deal of £85 million, his every movement has been scrutinised by the world's media. As with most successful or expensive sports personalities, the media circle like vultures waiting for that chink in the armour as they clamour for the story that will fill column inches and sell papers.
The Champions League consists of the best domestic teams from all over Europe and to win the competition in its entirety is seen as the pinnacle of club football. Taking part in the European competition has many advantages to it and just qualifying for it is a huge attraction for potential players looking to move clubs.
The final day bedlam wasn't just reserved for the stewardship of Harold James Redknapp, either, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire. André Villas-Boas was a bold and progressive appointment for Spurs but he, too, was kept sweating in his first window with the club.
Saturday is Non-League Day, an annual event that coincides with an international weekend to encourage fans of all clubs, but especially Premier League and Championship whose teams have no matches, to get out into their communities and back a local side.
And so the curtain has closed on another transfer deadline day. The highs, the lows, the nail-biting drama, the tens of millions of pounds spent by clubs in just a few short hours - it's everything that's wrong with top-level football.
Feeling quite nostalgic? Feel like we have been here before? You should. In the past few days, a divided US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an authorization of a military intervention against the Syrian government, creating a mixture of showdowns as exciting as the new series of the X Factor.
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
The jaw-dropping performances from Bale in recent seasons have seen the figures involved in the deal become nothing short of ludicrous and there are plenty of experts that believe his price tag is unjustifiable. However, the Welshman has established himself as a phenomenon of the modern game and there is every reason to believe that his amazing transfer can leave all parties happy.
Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record to sign Tottenham forward Gareth Bale. It's a headline we were all expecting, but that doesn't make the reality of the situation any less obscene.
Bill Shankly once said, "The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That's how I see football, that's how I see life". The game he described back then longer exists, nor the values which lay at its heart. It is for this reason that despite the enormous sums of money and fame enjoyed by the Beckham's and Bale's of modern football, they could never come close to replicating the impact which Bill Shankly had on the sport.
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.
The three most talented players in the Premier League could all be about to jump ship. Showered with awards and internationally recognised, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suárez have lit up the Premier League but their possible transfers could take the shine off English football.
This week, Tottenham Hotspur footballer Gareth Bale was the subject of an 85 million pound bid from Real Madrid. That's the most amount of money ever lodged for a player in the sport's history. What on earth is going on I ask?
The likelihood is that Bale will be just as sought after next summer; he will be a more developed player ready to step up to the very highest level; and he will still have many years ahead of him to claim the kind of silverware that teams like Madrid can offer him.
Spurs have two major problems: the first is that they haven't been Champions since 1961 - a major flaw for a club with any pretensions to size and a place in the forefront of the game. The second problem may be succinctly summed-up as 'Arsenal FC'.
So this is it: the final furlong, the last hurdle, squeaky bum time. The question is 'Can Gareth Bale haul the flaccid, deadweight of his Tottenham Hotspur team across the Champions League finishing line'? Wednesday's clash with Chelsea will most likely provide the answer.