5 best transfers from La Liga to the Premier League in the last 5 years
Spain had the best national team towards the end of the last decade, winning the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros in 2012. Though the national side has declined slightly in the recent past, Spanish clubs have dominated Europe over this decade without question
Sevilla won the UEFA Europa League three times in a row between 2013-14 and 2015-16 and Atletico Madrid won the second tier competition twice in three seasons between 2009-10 and 2011-12. Barcelona and Real Madrid, between them, have won the last four Champions League crowns.
Premier League sides, on the other hand, have spent exorbitant amounts of money to try and attract the best stars from La Liga to ply their trade in England.
There have been many successful moves from La Liga to the Premier League. There have been many flops as well - for every Mikel Arteta, there was a Federico Fazio.
In this slide-show, we look at the best La Liga-to-Premier League transfers in the last 5 years. More specifically, we look at players who had never played in England/Britain before and were transferred in directly from Spain.
#5. Pedro (FC Barcelona to Chelsea)
Pedro began his career at Barcelona, making 125 appearances and scoring 27 goals for Barcelona C and B, before being drafted into the first team in 2008-09, making 14 appearances under Pep Guardiola.
In 2009-10, Pedro played brilliantly, scoring 23 goals in 52 games and netting in six different competitions. He was also involved in many crucial goals across the season and became a mainstay of the Barcelona attack for the next four campaigns.
He suffered a slight downturn in goal-scoring form and expressed a desire to leave which was granted by the Barcelona hierarchy. Despite a £28 million move to Manchester United being reported, Pedro signed for Chelsea.
Since his arrival at the London club, he has racked up 90 appearances and scored 23 goals so far for the Blues. He enjoyed a good season in 2016-17, netting 13 times across the season as Chelsea were crowned champions.