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On Sunday, Real Madrid agreed to buy 24-year-old winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a $132 million transfer fee. Money well spent? It remains to be seen. But what else could Real have done with the money?
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$130 million*

Buy the St. Louis Blues

*2012 Forbes estimate

$129.2 million

Reimburse every man, woman and child in the U.S. who has seen Grown Ups 2

Gareth Bale

$132 million

$130 million

Take every Premier League player and manager into space on Virgin Galactic

$119.9 million*

Pick up The Scream, by Edvard Munch

*2012 auction price

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What athletes are thinking

Favorite sandwich

What would your rap name be?

A-Rod should ...

Last person you called

What's the secret to happiness?

Ability no one knows you have

B.J. UptonBraves OF

Grilled cheese with bacon

Melly Mel

Keep playing

My brother

Playing well

Playing violin

Justin UptonBraves OF

Cuban

4 Chainz

Just be A-Rod

My agent

Not giving a s---

Beating B.J. at golf

Victoria DuvalTennis

PBJ

Slick Vick

A-Rod? You mean Andy Roddick?

My mom

Playing tennis, smiling lots and loving God

Making my upper lip touch my nose

+ While Duval's sammie is simple to make, the Uptons have to work for theirs. B.J. says he can cook up his favorite, "but it usually doesn't go so well." And Justin has to travel for his. "You can get a Cuban almost anywhere, but the good ones are in the Marlins' clubhouse."

+ Why Melly Mel? "Because my real name is Melvin, dude." As for his musical abilities, B.J. says, "Played the violin for seven years, bro. Melly Mel on the violin."

They Said It

"Probably everyone just showering together."

Andy Phillips,Utah kicker, on the difference between being on a ski team (Phillips spent five years on the U.S. national team) and a football team. Phillips, 24, had three field goals in the Utes' 30--26 win over Utah State last Thursday in his first competitive football game.

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CHAD ZAVALA/THE DAILY UTAH CHRONICLE (PHILLIPS)

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BRUCE CHAPMAN/WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL/AP (VIOLIN)

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SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RODDICK)

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WENDY MAEDA/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES (PBJ)

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CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (DUVAL)

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GARY BOGDON (JUSTIN UPTON)

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MITCHELL LAYTON/GETTY IMAGES (B.J. UPTON)

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ANGEL MARTINEZ/REAL MADRID/GETTY IMAGES (BALE)

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JOEL RYAN/AP (SANDLER)

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ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (VIRGIN GALACTIC)

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OLI SCARFF/GETTY IMAGES (SCREAM)

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