Due to his technical wealth and ability to adapt to adverse contexts, the Argentine footballer is one of the most sought after worldwide. For that reason, today we decided to review the last 10 most expensive sky blue and white heart transfers in history …
Although few remember it, Pachorra Sabella was young, a player -and what a player- and also transferred. In 1980, he jumped from River Plate to Leeds United (ING) for 1.2 million euros.
After his splendid appearance in Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors -the club of his loves- joined Fluff in 1981 for a loan of 3.8 million euros. That same year he gave the Metropolitan to Xeneize. Cheap and good, ha.
Direct from Boca Juniors, and after playing his first World Cup, Maradona left – unconvinced – for Barcelona (ESP), in 1982, for 7.30 million euros. He had injuries, discussions with the coach on duty and even a pitched battle in the middle of the game that was left for history. Fate had other plans for him.
After two difficult seasons of Fluff in Barcelona, fate put Napoli (ITA) on the road. Came by 12 million euros and he was not only in charge of succeeding in football but also of awakening the Neapolitan girl homeland. He is the true God of the city.
With the aim of putting together one of the best squads in history, the Parma hired figures everywhere (Cannavaro, Thuram, etc) for the 1998 season. One of them was the Little witch Verón, who, after stopping at Sampdoria, was bought by 17.5 million euros to continue his career in the Old Continent.
For the 1998/99 season, Lazio fell in love with the Argentine soccer player and acquired several of them (Crespo, López, Simeone, etc.) to build a competitive team. Verón was one of the most expensive: it arrived by 30 million euros after lifting two trophies (UEFA Cup and Italy) in Parma.
After eight consecutive years and more than 200 goals in Fiorentina, Roma (ITA) decided to make a strong investment to secure a striker for the ’00 season: they paid out € 36.15 million for him Batigol. He gave them an Italian Super Cup and a Scudetto in two seasons.
The Argentine center-forward captivated everyone in his first step through the Old Continent with Parma (ITA) and, for that reason, the Lazio (ITA) did not hesitate to dispatch 56.81 million euros for his services in 2000. He was the top scorer in Serie A, with 26 goals, that season and became one of the most coveted gunners on the market.
After shining with the Real Madrid (ESP) shirt, the Manchester United moved the floor to Noodle with a multi-million dollar five-year contract and a transfer of 75 million euros. Too bad there was Louis Van Gaal, who couldn’t drive a Ferrari. A season without titles for him.
One of the best No. 9 of the century gave himself the pleasure of being -so far- the most valuable transfer in the history of Argentina. In 2016, he jumped from Napoli (ITA) to Juventus (ITA) for 90 million euros. Everywhere he got tired of turning, the Vecchia Signora was no exception.