Transfer world records in club football
The National staff | September 3, 2013
Gareth Bale has completed his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a reported world-record fee of £85.3 million (Dh485.2m). Here are the historic deals that pushed the transfer figures to new levels.
David Jack (Bolton to Arsenal, 1928) Having scored the first goal at the original Wembley while playing for Bolton in the 1923 FA Cup final, inside-forward Jack was already a noted history-maker when he moved to Arsenal for £10,890 – the world’s first five-figure fee. He helped the Gunners win three league titles.
Luis Suarez (Barcelona to Inter Milan, 1961) Spain’s 1960 Ballon d’Or winner helped Barca claim several trophies and then did the same at Inter after switching for the world’s first six-figure fee. The playmaker helped the Inter secure the European Cup in 1964 and 1965.
Giuseppe Savoldi (Bologna to Napoli, 1975) The Italy forward spent four years with Napoli after they made him football’s first £1m player, helping them win the 1976 Coppa Italia. Two years earlier, Barca avoided breaking seven figures by paying Ajax £922,000 for Johan Cruyff.
Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille to AC Milan, 1992) The 1991 Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed great success in his six years with Marseille, but the France striker struggled at Milan after becoming the first £10m player. His game time with the Italians was limited and he moved on to Bayern Munich in 1994.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009) Ronaldo’s move broke the transfer record just days after a deal for Kaka to move from AC Milan to Mardid had set the mark at £56m. It was the fourth transfer deal in row where Madrid set a new mark.