5) Samuel Eto’o to Barcelona (2004-09)
The Cameroonian arrived at the club for just over 24 million Euros from Mallorca as Barca looked to regain lost ground against Real Madrid. And their summer signing proved an instant hit. Eto’o smashed more than 25 goals in the following two seasons as the Catalans not only won the La Liga title back but they also went on to win their first European title in more than a decade as they defeated Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Eto’o continued his goalscoring run over the next two seasons as well though Barca failed to increase their trophy haul. Though that was soon about to change as the club appointed its former midfielder, Pep Guardiola, as their manager.Eto’o continued to flourish in the Guardiola revolution as Barca won an unprecedented treble in 2008/09 season. After six years of immense success, Eto’o was sold to Inter in a swap deal which saw ZlatanIbrahimovic move the other side.
4) Wayne Rooney to Manchester United (2004-17)
Wazza arrived at United as a teenager who had a breakthrough season at Goodison Park under David Moyes. He had some way of announcing himself to his new fans as he scored a hattrick against Fenherbache in his first appearance for the club. And those goals were just the beginning as Rooney quickly endeared himself to the United faithful. He went on to score an unbelievable 253 goals in more than 500 appearances for the club. Not only that, he also won every possible major title with the Red Devils. He came in as a prodigious teenager and left as United’s all time top goalscorer. Some investment.
3) Gareth Bale to Real Madrid (2013 to present)
Not many would agree with Bale’s name in this list. But in retrospect, Bale has been nothing but successful in Spanish capital. The former Tottenham man began his first season at Los Blancos by winning the much-awaited La Decima, and he was the one who gave Real the lead in the final in Estadio Da Luz. He has since won 4 Champions league titles with the club and also scored a memorable goal in last season’s final, which will unarguably go down as one of the finest goals in the final of all time. Add to that, Bale looks fitter and better than ever and has enjoyed a fine start to the season. With Ronaldo no longer around, we might see Bale take centre stage and come to life.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid (2008-17)
The Portuguese joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, ending a protracted transfer rumour. When Ronaldo came to Real, he had made his name for his mind boggling dribbles and pace and speeding up from the left. Over the years, he changed his game and became a poacher during his final days at the club. He left the club with 4 Champions league titles in the bag and as many BallonD’Ors writing his name in the history books. Like Rooney, Ronaldo too left the club as the club’s all-time leading goal scorer.
1)Alfredo di Stefano to Real Madrid (1953-64)
Ronaldo despite all his success will go down as the second most successful player in Los Blancos’ history thanks to the exploits of Alfredo Di Stefano who revolutionised Real Madrid with his goal scoring. He was prominent reason why Real went on to win 5 consecutive European titles. Moreover, he was also central to Real’s domination domestically. He ended his time with Real scoring 156 goals in just 232 games.