Most expensive transfers in the history of Real Madrid
10) David Beckham
The English football icon, David Beckham, was the poster boy for the changing face of the game. Becks was a popular figure both on and off the pitch but that never got to him. His playing style too was a thing of beauty with his curling crosses and free-kicks. A product of famous Class of ’92, Beckham had decided to leave the club after a fallout with Sir Alex. A deal with Barcelona had been agreed and even announced before Beckham made it clear that he preferred to join Real Madrid and sealed a move to Santiago Bernabeau. He became the first player to win league titles in four countries.
9) Ronaldo Luís Nazário
Ronaldo Nazario will always remain a curious topic. Had it not been for injuries, it would have been interesting to see just how better could Ronaldo get. At his peak, he revolutionised the playing style for forwards. He was not the conventional back-to-goal striker. He had immense pace and was quick on the turn. He twice won the Ballon D’OR in his distinguished career. Injuries plighted his career after he left the club for AC Milan. He held the record for most goals scored in the World Cup before Miroslav Klose broke it in 2014 Fifa world Cup.
Rodrygo is yet to make an appearance for Real or dawn their jersey for that matter. The 17-year old made his Serie A debut for Santos FC just last year. However, monitoring his precocious talent, Real decided to act quickly and completed a deal for the Brazilian in June signing him for 45 million with Rodrygo scheduled to join them in summer’19. Till then, Rodrygo will continue his growth at his parent club Santos.
There are some reports already linking Vinicius with a move back to Brazil citing a clause in his contract which states that he can ask to go back to Brazil if he does not get a certain amount of playing time. Against odds, Vinicius starred for Real in the pre-season and it looked like he could be in the first team this season however he was relegated to Real Madrid B earlier in the season and has since cut a frustrating figure. What remains a fact though is that Vinicius is the player to look out for in the future.
6) Luis Figo
The Portuguese midfielder was part of perhaps the most controversial transfers of all time. The reason being that Figo had decided to do the unthinkable. After starring for Barca for a number of years, he had decided to join arch-rivals, Real Madrid. In addition, he was Barca’s captain at the time and the decision came as a real sucker-punch in Barca fans’ face. The hatred was so intense that Figo faced immense wrath and rancour upon his return to Nou Camp wearing the Real Madrid white.
Like his fellow compatriot Ronaldo, Kaka’s case too is one to ponder upon. The last player to beat Ronaldo and Messi for the Ballon D’Or, Kaka at his prime was as mesmerising as one could think off. He had a unique pace and strength in his game something not very common for a player of his height. His solo goals are still one that get fans thinking what it could have been had Kaka not faced persistent injury problems. Signed for 56 million, Kaka was at the time world’s most expensive player only to become second most expensive as weeks later Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo.
4) James Rodríguez
James was a talented player and that everyone knew before the world cup of 2014; just how talented, this perhaps nobody would have envisioned after the end of World Cup. After starring for Colombia in the world cup and scoring the best goal in the tournament, it became clear that James was not going to be stay at Monaco for long. And when Real came calling with 71 million Euros, Monaco and James could not decline. He, though, failed to live up as Zidane failed to properly integrate him in the side.
Arguably Real’s most successful manager is also one of their most expensive player of all-time. Zizou was signed for a then record fee of 77 million Euros from Juve. With Juve, Zizou had won the Ballon D’Or in ’98 and had also led Les Bleus to FIFA World Cup glory. It was clear that Real had signed a world class apart and Zidane put stamp on those feelings with a wonderful volley goal in the Champions League final against Leverkusen in 2001 leading Real to the victory. Real were his last club before he called it quits in 2006.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, well the name alone is enough. He needs no introduction no words to describe just how successful his time at Real was. A regular goal scorer, Ronaldo arrived at Real, in a 94 million Euros deal from Manchester United, as an attacking winger and by the time he left the club, he had become their all-time leading goal-scorer and had helped Real win 4 Champions league titles. Money well spent.
If you’d seen how good Bale was with Spurs in his final season, you would understand why Real were fine with Daniel Levy’s asking price for their prized asset. A deadline day deal was completed after prolonged negotiations and a fee of 100 million Euros was agreed upon. Bale proved an instant hit scoring memorable goals, outrunning Bartra and scoring a goal in the Champions league final in his first season. Last season, after struggling with injuries, Bale came off the bench in the final and scored a wonderful overhead kick to help Real secure their 4th Champions league title in 5 years.