Barcelona v CA Osasuna - La Liga

10. KAKA
FROM: AC Milan
TO: Real Madrid
YEAR: 2009
FEES: €65m

The last player to win the Balon d’or before the Ronaldo and Messi duopoly became a Galatico in 2009, but he failed to live up to the billing and saw his career nosedived as a result.

9. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
FROM: Inter
TO: Barcelona
YEAR: 2009
FEES: €69.5m

God Zlatan arrived Camp Nou to much fanfare during the Guardiola era but both couldn’t get along, leading to the former’s exit after one season.

8. ZINEDINE ZIDANE
FROM: Juventus
TO: Real Madrid
YEAR: 2001
FEES: €73.5m

The Real Madrid coach held the transfer record for a long time after moving to the Bernabeu 15 years ago. He finished his playing career there and took up a coaching position with the youth team before moving through the ranks until now.

7. KEVIN DE BRUYNE
FROM: Wolfsburg
TO: Manchester City
YEAR: 2015
FEES: €74m

The Belgium international winger hit the ground upon arriving the Etihad last summer. He will hope to continue his great form under the new handler when the new campaign kicks off.

6. ANGEL DI MARIA
FROM: Real Madrid
TO: Manchester United
YEAR: 2014
FEES: €75m

After a stellar season for both club and country in that year, United forked out such huge fees for the winger, and it remains a British record transfer. But he never stayed beyond a single term to prove his worth after falling out with LVG.

5. JAMES RODRIGUEZ
FROM: Monaco
TO: Real Madrid
YEAR: 2014
FEES: €75m

The Colombia skipper was seen as a replacement for Di Maria and his transfer was funded with the fees United paid for the winger. He has since struggled and is now considered surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.

4. LUIS SUAREZ
FROM: Liverpool
TO: Barcelona
YEAR: 2014
FEES: €81.7m

Despite being handed a 4-month ban for biting Chiellini at the world cup, Barcelona still went ahead to secure a record fee for the EPL hot property at the time. He won the treble with Barcelona the following year and makes part of the MSN fearsome trident.

3. NEYMAR
FROM: Santos
TO: Barcelona
YEAR: 2013
FEES: €88.2m

Despite passing a medicals with Real Madrid, Barcelona still pipped their bitter rivals in the race to land the highly rated Brazilian forward. He has since established himself as a force to reckon with, earning a spot on the stage at the last Ballon D’or alongside Messi and CR7.


2. CRISTIANO RONALDO
FROM: Manchester United
TO: Real Madrid
YEAR: 2009
FEES: €94m

The soon to be crowned 4th Ballon D’or winner became the most expensive player in 2009 after an impressive 3 seasons at United that saw him win the EPL, Champions League and a first World Best player plaque.

1. GARETH BALE
FROM: Tottenham
TO: Real Madrid
YEAR: 2013
FEES: €101m

The 2 time Champions League medalist and Wales international is about to get his record smashed by an additional €9million once the United deal gets completed, and the whole world can’t wait to see if the new record owner justifies his enormous fees in the long-run.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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