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Real Madrid haven’t been afraid to spend big on transfers in the past, but how have all of their signings brought £50m or more to the Bernabeu?
The club and president Florentino Perez have been very proud of their ‘Galactico’ signings over the years and the players have found it very difficult to resist the lure of Real Madrid. The latest is Aurélien Tchoumeni, who will sign from Monaco for an initial fee of 80 million euros.
Not all of Tchouameni’s other superstar signings have been successful, but some have played important roles in the club’s history, and almost all of them are Champions League winners.
Big stars want to play for big teams, and Real Madrid‘s white shirt is the most coveted shirt in the world.
We’ve listed the eight signings that have cost Real Madrid £50m or more over the years, sorted from lowest to highest, and there’s a pretty even split between hits and flops.
The most controversial transfer on this list, Figo arrived for £54million straight from Barcelona in 2000. The move made global headlines at a time when huge money transfers were not commonplace.
The Portuguese midfielder was a star at Barcelona and picked up where he left off in Madrid, but the move didn’t go down well with the fans at all.
Figo enjoyed five successful years at the Bernabeu but also had a pig’s head thrown at him during El Clasico…
23-11-2002: a warm welcome. pig’s head thrown at Luis Figo pic.twitter.com/awSCwNaLCp
— AS USA (@English_AS) April 16, 2014
Jovic starred as Eintracht Frankfurt reached the Europa League semi-finals in 2019, scoring 27 goals in all competitions and prompting Real Madrid to spend £56m on the striker in competition with Karim Benzema.
However, Benzema was so good that Jovic found himself starving for minutes and rarely impressed when given the chance.
With just three goals in 51 appearances, it’s safe to say Jovic has been a complete flop, and the 24-year-old is set to leave in the summer of 2022.
One of many big name arrivals during the summer craze of 2009, Kaka joined Real Madrid from AC Milan as one of the leading footballers of his generation.
A fee of £60m seemed fair at the time, but Kaka never really settled in Madrid and struggled with his fitness and form.
The arrival of Mesut Ozil a year later meant his starting spot was in jeopardy, and he eventually left the club in 2013.
With 29 goals and 32 assists in 120 appearances, his Madrid record wasn’t great but he never lived up to expectations and rarely played with the same magic that lit up San Siro.
“I have good memories of Real Madrid,” he said. “Professionally it was a difficult period, but my experience there was very good in every way because I grew a lot, learned a lot and lived with great champions,” Kaka said in 2017.
“There were four years where we won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercopa, and I scored goals. Although I expected more, my time at Real Madrid was very good. To be able to say that I played four seasons there is a great pleasure.”
Real Madrid have made a habit of signing the latest brilliant World Cup plaything and in 2014 it was Rodriguez who was brought to the Bernabeu.
A £67m deal to sign him from Monaco has been agreed after the Colombian star won the Golden Boot in Brazil and Los Blancos fans were eager to see their new superstar in action.
However, while James was instrumental in winning back-to-back Champions Leagues, he was eventually loaned out to Bayern Munich after failing to gain consistency or find a starting place ahead of Luka Modric or Toni Kroos.
James returned to Madrid for a season after his two-year loan spell, before briefly reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, of all places.
He was great in flashes but ultimately a disappointment.
Almost £70million was spent to bring Zidane to the Spanish capital in 2001, and years later it looks like a bargain.
One of the most gifted players of all time, the French midfielder scored this goal against Leverkusen and lit up Madrid with his silky-smooth skills before retiring in 2006.
He would then return to the club as manager and win three Champions Leagues in a row.
The term ‘legend’ is thrown around too easily these days, but even that doesn’t quite sum up what Zidane brought to Real Madrid as a player and a coach.
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A fee of £85m, 438 games and 450 goals. Four Champions Leagues. A ridiculous kick. Enough said.
OH. MY. WORD! 😱
Cristiano Ronaldo with an outrageous header!
Mad! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/PYtT0uRTQ9
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 3, 2018
The Welshman left Real Madrid after becoming one of the most decorated British footballers in history – but it’s been a mixed tenure for the striker.
A world record £90million was spent to sign Bale from Tottenham in 2013, and he was electric during his early years.
Injury, fitness and form issues meant he had a strained relationship with Real Madrid fans, and he even returned to Spurs on loan in his penultimate season.
However, he was finally given a good farewell and Madrid fans finally acknowledged his many contributions to the club.
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Real Madrid paid £103m to sign Hazard from Chelsea in 2019, even though he only had one year left on his contract. Three years later, he’s not even close to repaying that.
Although he is respected in the dressing room, he will have to do a lot fairer to avoid the label of Real Madrid’s biggest flop.
Hazard has confirmed he wants to stay at the club and prove his doubters wrong, but with Vinicius Jr in such good form it remains to be seen if he will have many first-team opportunities next season.
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