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5 Record Transfers Who Justified their Price Tags

Author: Mr. Q

Football players have transfer fees when moving between clubs. Sometimes these fee amounts are normal while sometimes the amounts are plain ridiculous. While many players crumble under the pressure of the enormous price tag, there have been players who have more than justified their price tag. 

Here is my top 5 players who have more than justified their transfer fee. All amounts are in pounds (£). Here, we are talking about only the record transfer fees so do not expect to see the likes of Messi and so many others.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (£80 million)

A world record transfer at that time to be broken by the transfers of Bale and Pogba. Ronaldo has broken every record possible since then and won every possible trophy during his unbelievable spell at Madrid which continues till date. Ronaldo has rivaled Messi for the top spot in football and there is little to choose between them. The amount may have seemed ridiculous then but he was well worth the investment. He may even help Real Mardid recoup a large part of that fee if he ever decides to leave

2. Zinedine Zidane (£46.6 million)

Zidane arrived in Madrid in 2001, at the start of the ‘Galacticos era’. His winner (weak footed volley) against Bayern Leverkusen is considered to be one of the greatest goals ever. He formed a partnership with Figo (narrowly missing this list) and won the World Player of the Year award with Madrid and numerous trophies as well. Zidane will always be respected and loved by Real Madrid fans and his current tenure as a manager has started off in a stellar fashion.

3. Gianluigi Buffon (£33 million)

Joined Juventus from Parma and stayed loyal even during the relegation. It’s been 15 years and he is still making the best player nominations in almost every award. Buffon has had no replacement and just like fine wine, he has matured and become better with age. He is still a feared keeper and though Neuer may have taken the top spot now and De Gea might do so soon, Buffon is a class above every other keeper and an all-time great.

4. Sergio Aguero (£38 million)

Accused of being a sellout and the banner ‘Aguero We hope you die’, Aguero’s arrival at moneybags Manchester City was hugely criticized. He has done more than enough to justify his price tag and prove his doubters wrong. His win on the last day ensured them the title and he has been one of the most feared strikers in the premier league without a doubt. Despite being the victim of multiple injuries, he has created the impact that none besides Suarez has created in the last 5 years. 

5. Kevin deBruyne (£55 million)

This name should have been Ronaldo (Brazil) but I give deBruyne the spot simply because of how big an impact he has made in just one year. City did not play well last year but he scored more than ten goals and is one of the best attacking midfielders in the premier league. This name may be pre-mature on this list but mark my words. He will more than justify his price tag. deBruyne is everywhere on the score sheets. He scores and he assists and then he repeats. He’s just 25 and he’s just going to get better.

Missing on this list will be the names of Luis Suarez, Ronaldo, Ibra (PSG) and a few others but I will stay by my choices.

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