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The rise and rise of transfer fees from the late 80’s to today

The rise and rise of transfer fees from the late 80’s to today

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In 2001, Real Madrid set a precedent when they smashed a then-record transfer fee of £46.2m to sign 29-year old Zinedine Zidane from Juventus. Despite the fact that the French star was nearing the end of his playing career, Real Madrid took the plunge, which incontestably paid off as it was Zidane’s spectacular goal that won them the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow a year later. The world’s most decorated club got their man and, after years of publicly admitting that his desire was to join the Blancos one day, Zidane arrived at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu amid sky-high pressure and expectations. Thanks to Zidane’s arrival, Madrid entered a new dimension on and off the pitch and sent sporting shockwaves through the world. And football has never been the same