The 2010s have been a roller-coaster ride for Real Madrid as far as spending in transfer money goes. Florentino Perez has not sighed from spending to reach great heights and he sure reaches his goal. Los Blancos became the first club to retain the Champions League and also win it three times in a row. Such is the level of perfection the La Liga giant reached this decade.
Let us have a look at their most expensive signing of every year since 2010-11, to separate the greats from the normals.
Angel Di Maria:
Di Maria arrived at the Bernabeu with a price tag of €25million from Benfica. The former Madrid playmaker had teared things up at home and at Portugal before making his presence felt in Spain. An impressive World Cup (2010) and left the club with playing an important role in the 2014 Champions League final winning season.
With Di Maria, Madrid managed to make a big profit, by selling the Argentine to Manchester United for double the price he was bought for.
The summer of 2011 was not as jolly for Real Madrid as they had expected it to be. Their most expensive arrival of the season, Raphael Varane – bought from Lens- did not perform well.
However, it was Fabio Coentrao who became a major failure that season. He was also bought from Benfica, costing a little more than Di Maria but failed to break into the first team. He played just 106 games despite being with Real Madrid for seven years.
The Portuguese left-back returned to first club Rio Ave last summer on a one-year deal but is now without a club.
Luka Modric is the name which will reverberate into football fans’ mind for the endless days. He became the player to break the Ronaldo-Messi decade long duopoly of dominance in football after winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
His early months were not great at Real Madrid but in January 2013 onwards there was a much improved and reliable midfielder in Modric.
The Croatian’s screamer against Manchester United in the Champions League was enough to announce his arrival at Bernabeu. He is everything that a club expects from their signings every season.
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in world football after he moved to Real Madrid in 2013.
Bale became the most expensive player in world football when he moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, and while he no longer holds that honour, he is still on the books of the club.
Although he might not be in the best terms with Zinedine Zidane currently, his numbers tell a different tale. A more successful and magical spell.
Multiple Champions League title, over 100 goals, a bicycle-kick and long-range goal in Champions League final says it all for his time in Spain.
The 2010 summer signings were all about signing individual greats for Real Madrid. Just like every other arrival of the season, James Rodriguez also came to Los Blancos with a spell-binding World Cup performance.
He has won two Champions League titles (2016 and 2017) with Real Madrid. After he spent two years on loan at Bayern Munich where he lost the edge.
Toni Kroos who share the same position as Rodriguez and arrived at the same time has faired well instead.
2015-16 season was a unique season for Real Madrid signings. None of the three most expensive signings of the season stayed with the club beyond the 2018-19 season.
Kovacic recently moved to Chelsea after spending a full campaign on loan at the Bridge. The Croatian, although, could not make much impact for Madrid, starting just 37 La Liga games in three seasons and finding the net just once, he has been good under Frank Lampard.
Alvaro Morata was the most expensive signing for Real Madrid in 2016-17. The Spaniard returned from Juventus for €30million and had a decent performance with 20 goals in all competitions.
However, with Chelsea showing interest in the Spaniard, Los Blancos cashed in, and Morata ended up being a big failure for the London-based club.
Maybe the most clueless signing of the decade. Theo cost €24million from Atletico Madrid and after playing just 23 games he was sold to AC Milan for less than his buying price.
With Cristiano Ronaldo bidding adieu to Real Madrid, his transfer fee certainly help the club go all out in the summer of 2018. They spent in excess of €100million to get Vinicius Junior, Thibaut Courtois, and Alvaro Odriozola.
Junior has made his presence felt early after a dull first season. The €46million forward is already halfway towards last season’s tally for both goals and minutes.
Yes, it is too early to judge, but Eden Hazard has not given the smallest glimpse of a €100million player yet. Real Madrid had been trying for years to bring Hazard to Spain and clinched the move in 2019.
Hazard has to fill really big shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo but maybe he is just taking his time to adjust to the pace of the league before going full throttle.