10 most expensive signings in La Liga
Over the last couple of decades, football clubs in Europe have spent a tremendous amount of money to seek the signature of players to top their rivals to trophies.
In search of La Decima, which was eventually won in 2014, Real Madrid splashed an astonishing €1.3 billion since 2002 in transfer fees including €257.4m in 2009 alone. La Liga, which houses two of the richest clubs in the world in Barcelona and Real Madrid have completed seven of the top ten most expensive transfers of all time with Real Madrid breaking the world-record transfer fees a record five times in the new millennium.
In spite of being in the age of Financial Fair Play, transfer fees have consistently gone up. Christian Vieri, who was the most expensive player in the last millennium had cost Inter €49 million. Fast forward 15 years and the record transfer went up by more than €50 million with Real Madrid buying Gareth Bale in 2014 for €101 million.
Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate the list of the most expensive La Liga transfers of all time. Seven out of the top ten transfers feature players from Serie A and Premier League coming to ply their trade in Spain, while only a single player in the list is a Spaniard.
In this list, we take a look at the ten most expensive La Liga transfers of all time:
#10 Cesc Fabregas ; Arsenal to FC Barcelona; €48m
Cesc Fabregas returned to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2011, ending one of the longest transfer sagas of all time. Cesc in his five-year stay at Arsenal had made 466 goal-scoring chances, assisted 86 and scored 8 goals himself topping both his Spanish comrades Xavi and Iniesta who played for Barcelona. Fabregas was named the captain of the Gunners in 2008. However, the lack of trophies at the Emirates was one of the main reasons the Spanish player decided to leave for his boyhood club where he trained alongside Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at La Masia.
Fabregas, who had won only one major trophy with Arsenal- the 2005 FA Cup- said after joining the Blaugrana: "I was just a servant and spent eight years there when I gave absolutely everything,"
"It didn't show in the cabinet, I only won one FA Cup really, and this is the biggest regret I will have in my career, probably, not to be able to lift a trophy as Arsenal captain.”
Barcelona bought him for €48 million, adding a world-class player in their attack and in the hope that he would one day be Xavi’s successor in midfield. However, things didn’t go exactly as it was planned. Cesc failed to cement a place in the starting line-up in a midfield where passing masters Xavi and Iniesta plied their trade. He often came on from the bench and even had spells playing as a false-9 in the attack.
After three seasons at the club, Fabregas returned to London in 2014 to play for Arsenal’ s arch-rivals Chelsea.