Real Madrid's 10 most expensive transfers of all time
When it comes to Real Madrid, there are few better at bringing world class talent to the club and building star-studded sides.
From Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos lead the way in groundbreaking transfer moves, with a 'whatever it takes' attitude allowing them to boast a selection of the biggest names in football history.
But, of course, that comes with an element of risk-taking that doesn't always pay off.
Here is a look at which of the 'galacticos' proved to be successful at the Santiago Bernabeu?
10. Ferland Mendy - £43.2m (from Lyon, 2019)
Brought in to replace club legend Marcelo, the signing of Mendy caught many by surprise as Madrid opted for the lesser-known Frenchman over a more high-profile figure.
That turned out to be the correct decision, though, as he has since cemented his place in the team, with a noticeable void left in his absence.
Mendy is arguably a throwback at the left-back position, with his pace and defensive attributes outweighing what he contributes going forward. But a great signing nonetheless.
9. Eder Militao - £45m (from Porto, 2019)
Militao has announced himself on the biggest stage with an impressive 2020/21 season after a shaky first campaign at the Bernabeu.
A remarkable £45m is plenty for a 21-year-old defender, with added pressure in knowing you are the long-term replacement for one Sergio Ramos, but the Brazilian has assured Madrid fans that the backline won't fall apart when the club captain departs.
Militao has a promising future that provides some optimism in a difficult time for Los Blancos.
8. Luis Figo - £54m (from Barcelona, 2000)
A switch from Barcelona to Real Madrid seems unthinkable, even to this day, but Luis Figo had other ideas.
For a world record fee, the Portuguese winger's signing marked the beginning of Florentino Perez's Galactico era of global stars.
A resounding success, 37 goals in 164 games fails to capture the genius of the Ballon d'Or winner.
7. Luka Jovic - £56.7m (from Eintracht Frankfurt, 2019)
When Luka Jovic registered 17 goals and five assists in 25 Bundesliga starts for Eintracht Frankfurt at the age of 20, one would have thought the Serbian would go on to achieve greater things.
Well, just two La Liga goals later, Jovic finds himself back at Frankfurt after hopes of one day replacing Karim Benzema look nothing shy of embarrassing these days.
The disappointing striker will go down as one of the worst signings, not only in Madrid, but in the world.
6. Kaka - £60m (from AC Milan, 2009)
Kaka came with such lofty expectations that, in some ways, he was an anticlimactic signing for Los Blancos.
A series of injuries held the Brazilian to just 85 league starts in four years, with 23 goals signalling a decline from his near 'one in two' record at Milan.
That said, contributions to La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles mean he was far from a failure, despite the troubles.
5. James Rodriguez - £67.5m (from Monaco, 2014)
After a stellar World Cup showing for Colombia, Rodriguez signed for Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid and immediately proved his worth his 24 goal contributions in 29 league games.
However, the playmaker's production steadily regressed until 2017 where he was shipped to Bayern Munich on a two-season loan.
Back at Madrid, Rodriguez was made to, largely, watch from the sidelines in the 2019/20 campaign before a move to Everton. A difficult one to judge.
James Rodriguez on his future: “I don’t know. If I stay another year, that’s fine. I don’t think Ancelotti is going to take me. The cycle for me with Real Madrid is closed.” (Source: Instagram Live) pic.twitter.com/qdAUOYkZnU— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) June 13, 2021
4. Zinedine Zidane - £69.75m (from Juventus, 2001)
A World Cup and European Championships winner, Zidane made the move to Los Blancos for a then-world record fee.
And while the team's success in his era is slightly underwhelming given the talent on show, Zidane earned himself legend status in his five years at the club, before taking charge as head coach in recent times.
An unbelievable transfer, for an unbelievable athlete, who many would argue ranks as one of the top ten players to lace up a pair of boots.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - £84.6m (from Manchester United, 2010)
The greatest player to wear the famous white of Real Madrid.
A supreme talent that emerged at Manchester United was given the platform to make football history for the Spanish giants. The Portuguese legend won it all.
And had it not been for rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo could've been the best to ever do it.
2. Gareth Bale - £90.9m (from Tottenham, 2014)
Gareth Bale may not get the fairytale ending that so many legends are accustomed to receiving, but history will be kind on the Welshman's achievements in Madrid.
A vital part of an all-time great front three, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Bale will one day get the appreciation he so thoroughly deserves.
He's also perhaps the scorer of the Champions League final's most incredible goal.
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1. Eden Hazard - £103.5m (from Chelsea, 2019)
Time will tell on whether Hazard can turn his fortunes around but, so far, it isn't looking good for the Belgian.
A Chelsea icon, it was always a matter of when Hazard would leave England to fulfill his lifelong ambition of playing for Real Madrid and not if. But, maybe the date of the transfer was more important than we imagined.
At 30, it seems injuries have gotten the best of what was the consistently most-fouled player in the Premier League.