Ranking the 5 best transfer windows of all time: Real Madrid
Real Madrid are traditional big spenders - which of their transfer windows were the most successful?
You would be excused for thinking that Real Madrid are in something of a crisis right now - they're already 8 points behind Barca in La Liga, and the 3-1 loss to Spurs at Wembley certainly didn't help matters.
If you told anyone who follows Los Blancos a year ago that they would be beaten (and convincingly so) by a team whose last trophy came almost 10 years ago, he/she would have laughed in your face.
Inevitably, their failures this season can be traced back to the summer transfer window. For all the mockery that has been inflicted on their arch rivals, Real's decisions to let the likes of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez leave seem to be backfiring on them.
They are a club traditionally known for bringing in star names, using their financial strength, and relying on their individual superstars to fire them to titles.
But one thing you can count on - they will almost certainly bounce back by spending big next summer - because that's what Los Blancos do. If they want a player, they almost always get him.
Here, we take a look 5 of their best transfer windows in recent history:
#5 Summer 2010
Real had six incoming transfers in the summer of 2010, of which Di Maria, Khedira and Ozil stand out.
Mesut Ozil's performances with Werder Bremen, as well as in the 2010 World Cup, were enough to convince Mourinho and Florentino Perez to make a move for the young German playmaker. Real beat the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United to sign him for €18 million.
Di Maria arrived from Benfica for €33 million with quite the reputation, and he would go on to become one of the deadliest wingers in La Liga during his spell at Madrid.
Meanwhile, Khedira was signed from Stuttgart for a relatively low fee of only €14 million.
Sergio Canales, Pedro Leon and Ricardo Carvalho didn't quite have the impact that was expected from them.
While Khedira, Ozil and Di Maria had relatively short careers in the Spanish capital, they were all bargains. Ozil, at his peak, would create chances for fun. Di Maria's versatility allowed him to be utilised as an auxiliary winger in a 4-3-3 system, that worked so well during that particular period of time.
Khedira provided steel in midfield, and he was exactly the kind of player that Mourinho loves.