Transfers. The things that can make or break a career. The piece of business that can make or break a season. We all love watching transfers happen. We all love watching successful deal happen, rather than watch a player leave a club on a high, to then make the move to a different club and lose their confidence. Here’s the deals that had the most money involved. You may be surprised:
10: Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid
In at 10, we have Potguese international Luis Figo who made the switch from one of the best teams in the world, to another. Figo switched from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu – not a bad move, eh? The transfer that happened in 2002 carried a transfer fee valued at €62m. As you can imagine, Barcelona fans didn’t welcome Figo back with open arms when he returned for the El Clasico. At one stage during the contest between the two Spanish giants, Figo was taking a corner and had several objects thrown at him, (including a pig’s head!)
9: David Luiz – Chelsea to Paris-Saint Germain
Just before the World Cup of 2014 in Brazil, defender David Luiz made the switch from England to France. London to Paris. Chelsea to PSG. If it hadn’t happened before the World Cup, it probably wouldn’t have happened! Luiz signed a five-year-deal with the Ligue 1 outfit, in a deal that is valued at around €62.6m. Last season, David Luiz scored at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, as his side knocked his previous employers out in the Round of 16.
8: Edinson Cavani – Napoli to Paris-Saint Germain
And the French side are at it again. Dropping in at number 8 is Edinson Cavani’s move from Italy to France. It has been suggested that the Urugyan chose the ‘more money’ deal to France, rather than heading to London and signing for Chelsea. The deal cost a valued €64m. The #9 striker is hoping to find his form that he previously had at Napoli, which made this deal happen.
7: Kaka – AC Milan to Real Madrid
Brazilian international Kaka made the switch from the San Siro to the Bernabeu in 2009. After his succesfull spell with the Italian club, it was no wonder Los Blancos were offering such huge money for the attacking midfielder. In the end, the deal was wrapped up at a valued €68m.
6: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan to Barcelona
Swedish international Ibrahimovic also completed a move away from the San Siro to Spain in the summer of 2009. He signed a five-year-deal with the Catalans, but the Swede’s career at the Nou Camp was short lived. Barcelona spent a valued €69m on the man that returned to the San Siro to play for AC Milan, and then moving to PSG – where he still is today.
5: Zinedine Zidane – Juventus to Real Madrid
The French legend who is now retired made the switch from the Juventus Stadium to the Bernabeu in 2001. Zidane was always known for his elegance, vision and his amazing technique he would use on a weekly basis. Madrid brought Zidane for a valued €75m, and probably never looked back at it.
4: James Rodriguez – AS Moncao to Real Madrid
I think it is fair to say we now understand that Real Madrid have never had any issues in splashing their cash – and why should they! In at number 4, Real Madrid’s swoop for James Rodriguez from French side, Monaco. The deal was announced on the 22nd July 2014, and what a first season he had for Los Blancos, playing alongside the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The 23-year-old Colombian was sold to the Spanish outfit for a valued €70m, on a six-year-deal – following a very impressive World Cup.
3: Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid
Here we are then, the top three. The three biggest transfers. What a surprise, Real Madrid are at it again. This time, they made a massive swoop for the infamous Cristiano Ronaldo from English side Manchester United in a deal worth €94m. In 2009, the Portuguese hit the record books, and he still does to this day. Signing a six-year-deal with the La Liga giants, Madrid showing signs they wanted Ronaldo, and they wanted to keep him. When he first joined the club, Ronaldo was given the #9 jersey. However, in 2010 he switched to #7, giving him the nickname, CR7.
2: Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona
We are getting there, we are now at the 2nd biggest transfer in Europe. This one sees the Catalans sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool after such an impressive season for the Reds. After his consistent performances in the World Cup last year, added to his very impressive domestic season, there’s no wonder Barcelona came calling. So, in 2014, Suarez made the switch from England to Spain, in a deal worth €94.7m. However, Luis Suarez was banned for the first month of his Barcelona career for biting Italian Chiellini in Brazil.
1: THE MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid.
And here we are, the biggest transfer in Europe – is it a surprise that Real Madrid are involved yet again? Welshmen Gareth Bale who is renound for his lightening speed and his smashing left foot, joined Los Blancos after a very successful season for Spurs, who were to miss him thoroughly. The deal at take Bale to Real Madrid was valued at €100m. Madrid now have Bale on one wing and Ronaldo on the other. Stunning.