Football has come a long way in the past two decades as television audiences saw a boom that has seen a lot of money pumped into the game. As a result, the game has become more expensive in every sense – be it tickets, merchandise and even buying players.
The Spanish La Liga has been no different. With two of the biggest clubs in the world in Real Madrid and Barcelona having the spending power to bring in the best players, it comes as no surprise that the league has benefited as a result. And a number of transfers between La Liga clubs have helped both teams in either strengthening the squad or using the money to invest in replacements.
We look at the 10 most expensive transfers within La Liga. Data taken from TransferMarkt.
10) Isco: Malaga to Real Madrid – £25.5m
Isco (aka Francisco Alarcon Suarez) was one of Spain’s most exciting talents in the youth teams and represented every Spain team from the U-16s to the senior team. A product of Valencia’s esteemed academy, Isco made his mark only after newly-rich Malaga paid out his €6m release clause to bring him to the Andalusian team.
He played an integral part in Manuel Pellegrini’s project as they moved up the table and finished fourth to qualify for the Champions League where they reached the quarter-finals – their best ever performance in Europe. 2012 was a landmark year in his growth as a player as he was named La Liga’s Breakthrough Player besides winning the Golden Boy award beating worthy contenders such as Thibaut Courtois and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Once Carlo Ancelotti moved to Real Madrid, he made Isco his first signing as Real Madrid paid €30m to secure his services. Isco has blown hot and cold while polarising opinions but he has thrived with Los Blancos winning two Champions League titles with the club.