Real Madrid's 10 biggest sales of all time

Cameron Smith
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid have always been one of Europe's biggest clubs, dating all the way back to the start of Spanish football.

They won their first Spanish cup back in 1905, and their first league title in 1932. They also won five consecutive Champions League trophies between 1956 and 1960 to assert their dominance as the best team in Europe at the time.

They've continued that success and are the most decorated club in Champions League history, with 13 titles.

From the era of Alfredo Di Stefano in the 1950s to the Galacticos era of the early 2000s, to Cristiano Ronaldo's tenure in the 2010s, Real Madrid are steeped in history.

The aforementioned galacticos period was an example of the riches the club possesses, but to make that happen, they also need to sell.

So, who are Real Madrid's 10 biggest sales of all time?

10. Sergio Reguilon - €32m (Tottenham, 2020)

A product of Madrid's youth academy, Sergio Reguilon was promoted to the senior side in late 2018 under Julen Lopetegui, and he made 13 league starts that season, usurping Marcelo until Zinedine Zidane returned to the club.

He was then loaned to Sevilla for 2019/20, and impressed thoroughly at left-back as he helped them win the Europa League.

With Ferland Mendy first choice, Reguilon was then sold to Tottenham in the summer of 2020. He signed a five-year deal, although that does include a €32m buy-back clause that Real Madrid can activate.

9. Robinho - €38m (Manchester City, 2008)

The first statement of Manchester City's new era, Robinho left the Bernabeu for Manchester for a British record fee at the time.

He had scored 25 goals for Real Madrid across three seasons for the club, but after contract negotiations failed to materialise he pushed for a move away.

He was voted in the top 10 of the 2006/07 Ballon d'Or, alongside Iker Casillas, and won two league titles during his time at Real Madrid.

8. Gonzalo Higuain - €40m (Napoli, 2013)

Unfairly mistreated throughout his entire career, Gonzalo Higuain was a proven goalscorer, and whilst his latter years in Europe failed to impress, his early years into his prime did.

Having joined Real Madrid from River Plate aged just 18, Higuain was a rotation option in his first two years. However, he netted 22 league goals in 2008/09 and 27 league goals the year after, despite only just turning 20.

However, from 2010/11 onwards he shared minutes with Karim Benzema, and was eventually sold in 2013. In total, he scored 107 league goals for Real Madrid, in just 132 starts.

After scoring 87 goals in three seasons for Napoli, he was sold to Juventus for €90m.

7. Achraf Hakimi - €40m (Inter, 2020)

After a successful two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund, it was expected that Achraf Hakimi would finally return to Real Madrid. However, they instead chose to immediately sell him to Inter.

Far more suited to a wing-back role than as a traditional full-back, Hakimi played 14 times for the club during the 2017/18 season, and they decided to cash in.

Hakimi has played for the youth sides, but was never really given a chance in the first team.

He scored seven and assisted eight in Inter's 2020/21 Serie A title-winning campaign.

6. Marcos Llorente - €41m (Atletico Madrid, 2019)

Marcos Llorente made the dangerous jump from one Madrid team to another in 2019, but it's certainly worked out for him.

Having played for Real Madrid's youth teams, Llorente was promoted to the senior team in 2016 and immediately sent out on loan to Alaves.

The central midfielder was a regular there, but upon return to the Santiago Bernabeu, made just five league starts the next year. He then started just six times in the league in 2018/19 and demanded a move away.

Atletico Madrid took a gamble on him, and he was a key part of the 2020/21 title win, scoring 12 and assisting 11 in the league.

5. Mateo Kovacic - €47m (Chelsea, 2019)

Initially signed on loan, Mateo Kovacic's move to Chelsea was made permanent in the summer of 2019.

He had spent three seasons at Madrid after moving from Inter and before his loan move to Chelsea, but failed to make over 20 league starts in a single campaign. In fact, he made just 10 league starts in 2017/18, which prompted a move away.

In total, he played 109 times for Los Blancos, but half of those were substitute appearances.

He helped Chelsea to win the Champions League in 2020/21, which means he now has four Champions League winners medals.

4. Mesut Ozil - €50m (Arsenal, 2013)

Real Madrid's decision to let Mesut Ozil leave left fans and players alike angry. Cristiano Ronaldo even revealed that he was "angry about Ozil leaving" because "he was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal."

Signed from Werder Bremen after impressing at the 2010 World Cup, Ozil was unknown to some, but he became a favourite at the Bernabeu.

After scoring 19 goals and assisting 47 in three league seasons at the club, Ozil left as a world superstar, and although he displayed his talents for Arsenal, he never won another league title.

3. Angel Di Maria - €70m (Manchester United, 2014)

Despite being handed the 'man of the match' award in the Champions League final, his last game for Real Madrid, the club decided to sell Angel Di Maria to Manchester United in 2014.

He had been an extremely reliable player for Los Blancos, scoring 22 and assisting 50 in the league across his four seasons at the club.

However, with Gareth Bale preferred on the right wing, he was shifted inside and when Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez were signed after the 2014 World Cup, Di Maria was sold.

2. Alvaro Morata - €70m (Chelsea, 2017)

Antonio Conte wanted to sign Romelu Lukaku, but Chelsea opted for Alvaro Morata instead, and paid over the odds for him.

Morata had scored 15 league goals in 2016/17 having returned to Real Madrid from a relatively successful two-year loan spell at Juventus, but that came in just 14 league starts, and it was clear he wasn't first choice.

He had scored at an impressive rate given his game time, but Real Madrid somehow convinced Chelsea to pay €70m, which was far more than he was worth.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - €112m (Juventus, 2018)

What can you say? Real Madrid's third most expensive arrival is their most expensive departure. Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heartbeat of their success in the 2010s, and to have made a profit on him as well is insane business.

In total, Ronaldo won 16 club honours with Real Madrid, four Ballon d'Ors and two 'The Best' awards. He scored 101 Champions League goals for Real Madrid, the most of any player at one club, and netted over 30 goals for nine seasons in a row.

In all, he scored a club record 450 goals for Los Blancos and is arguably their greatest ever player.