Real Madrid is widely considered as the greatest football club in the world with illustrious and successful history having won the European cup 10 times and most recently back in 2013-14 season when the defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final. Their success is largely down spending big in the transfer market year and year out, Real Madrid has build up a tradition of signing that marquee player every season which is considered the next big thing. From Brazilian Ronaldo to Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane and Figo to Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, David Beckham to Kaka etc. This summer we can expect Real Madrid to mount a serious push to sign Manchester United star keeper David De Gea after Iker Casillas’s horror show in Champions League semifinal second leg.
Today we take a look at 10 of the most expensive transfers Real Madrid has made, 5 of the top 7 most expensive transfers of all times feature Real Madrid.
They have broken their own record of highest transfer fee paid on several occasions. Back in 2009 when Real Madrid signed Kaka for a whooping £56 million that broke the previous record which was also set by Real Madrid when they signed Zidane from Juventus for £45 million. But a month after signing Kaka they shattered all transfer record when they paid Manchester United £80 million to buy Cristiano Ronaldo (that transfer is worth every penny). In 2013 Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale for record breaking £86 million from Tottenham hotspurs which resulted in their 10 European crown. Real Madrid’s wage bill is one of the highest in world football and there is no surprise if we take a look at 10 of Real Madrid’s most expensive transfers.
|1||Gareth Bale (2013)||Totteham Hotspurs||£86 million|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo (2009)||Manchester United||£80 million|
|3||James Rodriguez (2014)||AS Monaco||£63 million|
|4||Kaka (2009)||AC Milan||£56 million|
|5||Zinedine Zidane (2001)||Juventus||£46 million|
|6||Luis Figo (2000)||Juventus||£37 million|
|7||Assier Illarramendi (2013)||Real Sociedad||£34 million|
|8||Luka Modric (2011)||Tottenham||£30 million|
|9||Xabi Alonso (2009)||Liverpool||£30 million|
|10||Karim Benzema (2009)||Olympic Lyon||£30 million|
|11||Luiz Ronaldo (2002)||Inter Milan||£29 million|
But we have to remember that financially and economically its illogical to compare transfers of recent history with with more than a decade past history. When Zidane transferred from Juventus to Real Madrid it sent shock wave in world of sport as Real Madrid splashed £46 million pounds in transfer fee which at the time was absolute massive while since 2009-10 transfer fee in the region of £40-£50million is pretty normal for a decent player.