- Daily Mail makes the list of the most profitable transfers in football history
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s moves to Real Madrid are unsurprisingly mentioned
Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid: £67.8m profit
“In the end, the decision came down to boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Keep Ronaldo or allow him a switch to Madrid. Consequently, the Portuguese was sold for a then world-record fee of £80m.
“He arrived at Old Trafford in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon for just £12.2m and he soon transformed into one of the Premier League’s finest, both physically and technically. Madrid’s Galactico policy was in overdrive with Ronaldo and £56m Kaka arriving in the same week but the former has more than paid back the club in his nine-year spell.
“Four Ballon d’Or awards, four Champions League titles and two La Liga titles is a return to satisfy even the most critical of Madrid supporters. A recent £100m switch to Juventus reinforces his value at the age of 33 and he will look to add his sixth European title with the Old Lady in a bid to consolidate his place as the game’s greatest.”
Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: £75m profit
“Once moved into attacking positions under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, following his £10m switch to London, Bale looked a different proposition entirely and soon became Spurs’ focal point.
“Madrid chief Florentino Perez is a huge admirer of Bale and stopped at nothing to bring him in, eventually thrashing out an £85m world-record deal with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. For all his doubters in the Spanish capital, Bale has scored crucial goals to win major trophies but injury has hampered his progress. But, despite suggesting he would consider his future after the win over Liverpool in Kiev, Zidane has gone, Julen Lopetegui is in and Bale has a fresh start.”