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From Shearer to Kaka to Pogba: How the world transfer record keeps on getting smashed

9 Aug

Denilson – 1998: £21.5m (Sao Paulo to Real Betis)



A precocious talent in Brazil, Denilson never made the desired impact after his record move and struggled to hold down a place at Betis before moving on.

Christian Vieri – 1999: £32m (Lazio to Inter Milan)

Eight clubs in as many seasons eventually led Vieri to Inter, where they broke the transfer record once again and he would form a formidable partnership with Ronaldo.

Hernan Crespo – 2000: £35.5m (Parma to Lazio)

A year later, Lazio replaced Vieri with Crespo and he ended his first season with the club as Serie A’s top goalscorer.

Luis Figo – 2000: £37m (Barcelona to Real Madrid)

The era of the Galacticos truly began with the acrimonious transfer of Portugal winger Figo between the two El Clasico rivals.

Zinedine Zidane – 2001: £46.6m (Juventus to Real Madrid)

Madrid continued to build their team of superstars by adding France international Zidane from Juventus – and he went on to become coach at the Bernabeu.

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