This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Back in 1998, Glasgow Rangers signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst for £6.75 million, per Transfermarkt. At the time, that would have looked like a lot of money to spend on a left-back, however the spell he had at Ibrox, plus his career as a footballer after he left the Scottish side highlight how much of a bargain he was.
The Dutch defender made 118 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish outfit, per Soccerbase, and scored 22 goals. He clearly left a great impression as he still receives praise from the Gers fan base for his time at the club. It is understandable to see why they still love him as the Gers won the Scottish league twice in a row whilst he was in Glasgow.
His performances clearly did not go unnoticed during his time in Scotland, as Premier League side Arsenal were interested in the full-back and they managed to sign him for £12.15 million. It shows that the Gers signing him was a good bit of business as they made a lot of profit on him – £5.4m to be exact.
His success from here emphasised how good a player the Gers had scouted as he went on to win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Super Cup in England. Despite this success Arsenal were not able to make any money on the left-back and he left on a free transfer to Spanish giants FC Barcelona, where he continued to win trophies, such as La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
Clearly Glasgow Rangers identified a great player and his career in Scotland and abroad makes £6.75 million seem cheap, especially when they also managed to sell him for nearly twice as much as they bought him for.
They managed to get the best out of him as he helped them win the league and they made money, so van Bronckhorst was a great profit player for the Gers.
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