I amIt was a summer surplus transfer window for the haves and a period of poverty for the have-nots, and for the first time since signing Nicholas Anelka, there is none real Madrid transfers to the top 10 most expensive deals in world football.
While Los Blancos made a staggeringly high offer Kylian Mbappe, the Spanish giants have gone through a period of cost and sales cuts with the arrival of a senior midfielder, Eduardo Kamavingabeing the only noteworthy senior arrivals.
Much of this is saved from Florentino Perez was triggered by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing renovation costs of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
€ 117 million spent on Jack Grealish, Manchester City and 115 million euros paid Chelsea to retire Romelu Lukaku completely excluded Real Madrid from the list.
Gone are the days when Los Merengues dominated the list with Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Nazario, then Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale…
Nicholas Anelka became the most expensive contract in 1999 and it was the last time the Spanish giants had no top 10 player.