10 most expensive signings by Real Madrid
A look at some of the most expensive signings by Real Madrid and how they fared during their time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid Football Club are one of the most valuable sports teams in the world, and they are certainly not hesitant to splash the cash. Currently valued at $3.65 billion, they are second only to the NFL team Dallas Cowboys, valued at $4 billion. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez and his famous ‘galacticos’ policy have played a huge part in shaping the club into the giant superpower that it is today.
In his first tenure as President from 2000 - 2007, Perez made it a point to bring at least one world class football superstar to his team during the summer transfer window of every season. As a result of this policy, Real Madrid have broken the world record transfer fee multiple times. Let’s take a look at their ten most expensive signings so far.
#10 Xabi Alonso – €35.4m
Xabier Alonso joined Real Madrid from Liverpool in 2009. He was one of the most influential players at Anfield and he loved it there, but due to differences with then manager Rafael Benitez, he decided to take the opportunity to move to the Santiago Bernabeu. He established himself as a regular starter for the club and remained so until his departure to Bayern Munich in 2014.
The Spaniard made 158 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos in which he scored 4 times. Despite his meagre goal tally, he was vital to the build-up and style of play for the team. Alonso won the first domestic league title of his career with Madrid in the 2011/12 season. The Spaniard played an important role in bringing ‘La Decima’ to the Bernabeu, guiding the team to the Champions League final, but missing the game due to suspension.