1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid £80million
On The first on 1st July 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo became the world’s most expensive footballer of all time when he moved from Manchester United to Spanish side Real Madrid. In his time at Real Madrid Ronaldo has won La Liga the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Supercopa. This season he will be looking to add the Champions League to his list of honours at Real Madrid.
Zlatan’s transfer to Barcelona is made all the more incredible by the fact the Barcelona not only paid over £60million but they also allowed Samuel Eto’o to move to Inter Milan as part of the deal. At the time Eto’o could realistically have been sold in his own right for anything between £20 and £30million. Zlatan has sinced moved for more mega money joining French club Paris Saint-Germain in the summer for £20million.
The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. In January 2009 Manchester City are believed to have offered £100 million to bring Kaka to Manchester. Kaka has not yet hit the height’s on the field that he did in Milan but on his day he is still a glorious footballer.
When Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea in January 2011 he became the most expensive Premier League player. It’s fair to say Torres has not yet found his form at Chelsea, so far his most memorable moment was a horrific miss at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Torres has shown sign’s he could be getting back to his best in recent weeks chipping in with important goals.
Zidane was a beautiful footballer and a World Cup winner in 1998. Broke the World record for a football transfer in 2001 leaving Juventus for Real Madrid. Zidane scored wonderful goals in Madird the pick of which came in the Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. Famously sent off against Italy in the 2006 World Cup final.
This move sparked outrage in Barcelona. It’s hard to think of a more hated player in Barcelona than Figo. He is only hated so much because the Barca fans loved him so much. During his first visit to the Nou Camp as a Real Madrid player he was greeted by a pig’s head as he went to take a corner. Formed Part of possibly the greatest midfield ever seen in world football alongside Zidane.
Javier joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 after spending two
seasons in Italy with Palermo. In Italy Pastore earned a reputation as a very gifted play maker and also scored some key goals for Palermo. His time in Italy was also rewarded with international caps for Argentina.
At the turn of the centenary there was no more dangerous striker in Europe than Crespo. He held the World Record transfer fee when he moved to Lazio in 2000, only for Luis Figo to sign for Real Madrid hours later. Crespo’s spell in England with Chelsea is widely regarded as a flop, however he did find the net 20 times in 49 games for Chelsea and in a lot of his 49 games he was a sub.
Possibly the most dangerous striker in the world at the moment. Prolific with Porto and now with Atletico Madrid he scored twice on his Professional debut for River Plate in Argentina. His transfer to Madrid makes him the most expensive Columbian of all time.
Made his debut in Argentina aged just 15 for Independiente. Another South American footballer who has no trouble putting the ball in the net. He repaid every penny of his transfer fee on the last day of the season for Manchester City scoring a dramatic last second winner against Queen’s Park Ranger’s to win the Premier League.