The most recent transfer window would perhaps go down in football history, due to the high profile names that were involved in the transfer market. Unlike any other transfer window, were maybe two or three transfers that are eye-catching occurs, this one featured world-class players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Romelu Lukaku, Gianluigi Donarumma etc moved clubs at the same time.
Which got us thinking, why not look at the world of football, but to be more specific, the English premier league.
Cristiano Ronaldo has returned back to Manchester United, twelve years after joining Real Madrid from Manchester United, Liverpool have seen some top stars move, but which would be bigger between the Fernando Torres move, or Phillipe Coutinho? and Arsenal have not only lost out on signing big players, but have had their own share of big names leaving the club.
Here's, a rundown of the English premier league so-called "Big Six," clubs in the premier league, and which player would be deemed to have been the biggest star to have been sold.
The Transfer: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in 2019.
Other transfers: Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg (2014), Mohammed Salah to AS ROMA (2016)
At a young age of 21, leaving to to come join a big team, and a team in the premier league would have been seen as a great task for youngster, but this would not be the case for Eden Hazard.
Hazard had just won the Ligue 1 title with Lille, and scoring twenty plus goals (20+) from a midfield position in the reminiscent of Blues legend Frank Lampard goal-scoring ability.
Hazard would go on to become a regular starter for Chelsea in his seven seasons at the club, becoming a premier league champions twice, winning the premier league player of the season in 2015, the Europa league, and FA cup amongst other trophies won during his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard would thereafter leave Chelsea fo Spanish giant Real Madrid, where however injuries, loss of weight has hampered his progress at the club.
The Transfer: Gareth Bale to Real Madrid
Other transfers: Dimitri Berbatov to Manchester United (2008), Luka Modric to Real Madrid (2012).
The pacing winger arrived in Spurs as a teenager having just left Southampton at a young age of 19. Originally as a left back, Bale under Harry Redknapp would later be deployed up the pitch to perform duties as a left winger.
Bale has always been recognized for his crossing, dribbling and pace abilities.
Bale would later move to Real Madrid and his involvement in the team is not always given due appreciation, despite his role in two of Real Madrid champions league triumph, and occasionally controversies over his form, fitness and whether he prefers playing golf over football. Bale is still highly respected in the game.
4. Manchester United
The Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009.
Other transfers: David Beckham to Real Madrid in 2003, Wayne Rooney to Everton in 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo name would always be written in the walls of football history, just like the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona etc. Ronaldo has made great strides in the few teams he has played for in his illustrious career.
Ronaldo decision to leave Manchester United at that time would however pay off, as he went on to achieve, and break great records with his teammates back then at Real Madrid.
Now, back at Manchester United, after an impressive three seasons at Turin, fans of the club would hope that Ronaldo can deliver a trophy to the club, something that has evaded the club, since Jose Mourinho departure.
The Transfer: Phillipe Coutinho to Barcalona in 2018.
Others transfers: Fernando Torres to Chelsea (2011), Luis Suarez to Barcelona (2014), Raheem Sterling to Manchester City (2015).
The Brazilian career path before joining Liverpool in 2013, have had this suspenseful manner due to how fans felt, during his time at Inter Milan, and Espanyol.
Coutinho would quench any doubt about his impart to the team, standing out in the Liverpool team, due to a sheer combination of multiple talents possessed by the Brazilian.
Barcelona however came knocking with an offer that the club would reject thrice, but Coutinho wouldn't. However, his move to Spain, a territory he has been before has however not gone as expected.
He became one of football most expensive flops, failing to hit the ground running at the Camp Nou, and now in danger of losing his spot in the Barcelona starting lineup.
2. Manchester City
The Transfer: Joe Hart to Torino in 2017.
Other transfers: Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich (2020), Carlos Tevez to Juventus (2013).
You know for a player that has the joint most premier league golden gloves (4), most clean sheets in a season behind Peter Cech, and having spent 12 years at the season. His acrimonious exit at the club, after the signing of Pep Guardiola would always be remembered.
Since, after his departure from Manchester City, he has failed to discover that form that won him the golden gloves on four occasions.
Now at Celtic, Joe Hart would hope to build back his career late on.
The Transfer: Robin Van Persie to Manchester United in 2012.
Other transfers: Patrick Vieira to Juventus (2005), Ashley Cole to Chelsea (2006), Thierry Henry to Barcelona (2007).
No football fan would ever forget the "flying Dutchman," phrase, not only because of his technical abilities, but that Netherlands opening goal against Spain at the 2014 world cup.
Robin Van Persie would make that move to Old Trafford in 2012, after refusing to sign a new deal with Arsenal, and although fans weren't so pleased with seeing their favourite star man make that move, Robin Van Persie would become a reputable forward during his stay at Manchester United.
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