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Most influential transfers ever: Neymar to PSG

Started by w88thaiscom Apr 06th, 2020 at 09:22
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Apr 06th, 2020 at 09:22
There have been plenty of big transfers down the years, but how many of them had a lasting legacy? Here are 10 of the most pivotal and influential transfers in football history ... In the years after they were taken over by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, Manchester City signed a number of significant players: David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez were all fine additions, but ultimately Yaya Toure was the man who became the fulcrum of the City team .

Signed from Barcelona for around €30m, he scored the winners in the semifinal and final of the 2010-11 FA Cup, City's first trophy in 35 years; he was the key man down the stretch as they recovered to win their first Premier League title in 2012; he got 20 goals from midfield as City won it again in 2014. Toure was the signing that showed City meant business, that they weren't just buying the shiniest and showiest players, but ones that would make them win.

9) Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona/Samuel Eto'o to Inter, 2009

Ibrahimovic arguably won a couple of league titles for Inter Milan on his own, his influence was so strong under Roberto Mancini and then Jose Mourinho that the rest of the team (and sometimes the manager) turned to him to fix things when it was all going wrong. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can be: so when Barcelona offered them around €46m plus Samuel Eto'o in 2009, it was an opportunity to create a team, rather than 10 guys plus Zlatan. And it worked out pretty well, Inter winning the first and only treble in Italian football history. For his part, Ibrahimovic won five trophies at Barca but left after just over year following a much-publicised bust-up with manager Pep Guardiola w88 casino .

The Luis Figo deal might have made a bigger splash in the early years of Florentino Perez's first Galactico project in 2000, but players had moved between Barca and Real before and the Portuguese was merely excellent during his time at the club.

After signing from Juventus a year later for a world-record 150 billion lire (around €77.5m with a fixed exchange rate), Zidane would become one of Real's greatest ever, consistently able to come up with a moment of genius to win a trophy, and then one of their greats off it too. Debate will rage about the now-Real Madrid boss's tactical nous or otherwise, but when you've won three straight Champions Leagues you can ignore any debate you like.

The Zidane deal was extra significant because of what it meant for the selling club, too. The idea of selling a star and buying a team is one of those theories that usually doesn't work, but it emphatically did for Juventus: they used the money from Zidane to recruit Buffon and Lilian Thuram from Parma for €52m, as well as spending around €38m on Lazio's Pavel Nedved. Juve finished top of Serie A in four of the next five seasons, and while the Calciopoli scandal saw two titles stripped and the club relegated to Serie B, Buffon stayed, and did so for the better part of two decades to become a legend .
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