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Top 10 Most Expensive Signings In Football History. Ever.

You would think that if you are in the bracket of being one of the most expensive signings ever in football than you must be a great player. There can be no doubting the class of the footballers that have switched clubs with a hefty price fee- even though these figures are ludicrous. However, just because someone pays millions upon millions for your signature it doesn’t necessarily mean that those specific players can perform to the level their vast price tag says it should.

Therefore, I am going to have a look at the 10 most expensive signings ever and assess as to whether it was money well spent or a regrettable decision that will have left that player’s previous club laughing.

Cristiano Ronaldo – £80m (Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009): Last summer this transfer was inevitable but it still sent shockwaves throughout the football world. So has the most expensive player in history lived up to his reputation at Madrid? Yes and no. Ronaldo doesn’t look like the no.1 anymore but has still contributed with many goals for his new side. Still has that ‘X’ factor about him and is probably trying to fit in around the other stars that Madrid has. La Liga will possibly see the best of CR9 next season.

Verdict: Success

Kaka – £56m (AC Milan to Real Madrid, 2009): In all fairness Kaka is the type of player that should be given time- he can change a game in an instant. He, along with Ronaldo, looks like he is still figuring out the ways in which he can best influence the team on the field. After a sluggish start, compounded with injuries, he looks like establishing himself at the top end of the pitch. I have a feeling that he and Ronaldo will still combine and Kaka will go on to be a great provider and scorer of goals at Madrid.

Verdict: Success

Zinedine Zidane – £47m (Juventus to Real Madrid, 2001): “Zizou” was the world’s most valuable and best player at the time. The Frenchman was a pure genius and the then FIFA World Player of the Year displayed his worth to Madrid with consistent performances, brilliant free kicks and some quality goals to go with it.

Verdict: Success

Luis Figo – £37m (Barcelona to Real Madrid, 2000): Arguably the most controversial transfer out of the lot. Figo was initially at the peak of his powers when the move took place and helped Madrid win the league in his first season and the Champions League the following year. Although his time at the Bernabeu drifted away towards the end, he was still worth his place in the team during the majority of his years there.

Verdict: Success

Hernan Crespo – £35.5m (Parma to Lazio, 2000): Lazio were rewarded straight away when Crespo scored 26 goals in his first season there, thus enabling the side to win Serie A that term. However, the following season he suffered injuries and looked isolated when playmakers like Pavel Nedved left. Crespo himself left in 2002 after only two seasons.

Verdict: Failure

Robinho – £32.5m (Real Madrid to Manchester City, 2008): A transfer no-one expected. Robinho proved to be a frustrating character and never looked ready for the physicality of the Premier League. He gave the City fans a taste of his talent in home matches but frequently went missing in the team’s away games. In addition to that, he had a poor attitude.

Verdict: Failure

<strong>Gianluigi Buffon – £32m (Parma to Juventus, 2001): </strong>A goalkeeper must be of world-class quality if a club pays £32m for him and Buffon certainly was that- and the figure is likely to remain a world-record fee for a goalie. Demonstrated all the attributes a top goalkeeper needs and followers of international football will see just how admirably he has performed for Italy.

Verdict: Success

Christian Vieri – £31m (Lazio to Inter Milan, 1999): Vieri proved to be a wise deal because during his stay with Inter he scored 103 goals in just six years. He played like a true striker and my recollection of him was someone who always trusted his instinct. Was at his best when he was the focal point of the attack and only really suffered from form and injury during the latter stages of his career there.

Verdict: Success

Andriy Shevchenko – £30.8m (AC Milan to Chelsea, 2006): If the Ukrainian’s transfer to Chelsea proved one thing it was that he was past his best during his time in England. His huge fee may have been a burden on him but he scored goals infrequently and that was not the expectation that Chelsea would have had of him. Often cut a displeased figure and sometimes his body language was not the best. He finished the 07/08 season with only five goals in 17 games, and was often injured and in and out of the starting line-up.

Verdict: Failure

Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m (Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United, 2008): Berbatov is now in his second season at Old Trafford and still frustrates fans as much as any player possibly can. Looks like he has all the quality needed to succeed but continues to perform in a languid style. He is a club record signing but it would not be surprising if he left United in the near future.

Verdict: Failure

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