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5 extraordinary changes in transfer values over the years

  • An in depth profile of the startling increase in transfer values through analyzing what different sets of fees could get you a decade ago.
Rahat Jain
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Modified 10 Aug 2016, 17:46 IST
Kaka AC Milan
Kaka was at the peak of his powers in mid-00s and cost Milan just £15 million

By this time, everyone’s well aware of the ascending prices of quality players in the transfer market. With Paul Pogba only recently breaking the all-time transfer record, we’re having to get used to previously unheard of figures being spent on single footballers. To a degree, the revenues of the biggest clubs in the world have been constantly increasing, and with the fan following and revenue streams opening up in Asia, Africa, and North America, there’s a lot more money available than there ever was before. 

But is the increase in transfer fees really proportionate? Paying top dollar for the best players out there might still be justified, with increasing commercial outlets to be tapped (Look at Manchester United’s various inventive ways of announcing the Pogba transfer through several Adidas videos) but is it feasible to send huge amounts on mediocre to good footballers?

That’s a question worth thinking about, as clubs scramble about to make marquee signings. In this piece we rewind through the years to look at what certain amounts of money got you about a decade ago (give or take), and what those figures get you now. 


£15 million pounds

Between 2003 and 2004, for £15 million pounds, clubs got players like Ricardo Kaka and Jaap Stam. None of these players really need an introduction but let me indulge you anyway. Kaka was one of the most exciting talents in Brazil, sauntering through defenses at ease and had already shown Milan that he had the personality and desire to succeed at the top level.

Jaap Stam, was one of the best defenders in the world and had already played for PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, and Lazio. Imposing in the air and a brilliant reader of the ball, Stam is often recognized as one of the best of his generation.

Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam was one of the best defenders of his generation

What does that amount of money mean now? Bournemouth just paid Liverpool exactly £15 million pounds for Jorden Ibe. A talented 20 year old player who has 41 appearances in the Premier League in which he’s scored 1 goal.

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Published 10 Aug 2016, 17:14 IST
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