Investing in squad by purchasing Players has always being in existence for as long as Football itself. However, the spotlight, media assessment and public scrutiny that the transfer market has been getting in the last few years has been majorly because of the inflation that has hit the market.
Legendary Managers like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Jose Mourinho at FC Porto were greatly praised because of their doggedness in Winning Trophies for their respective teams because they were able to make by spending just little out of the resources of the club to buy Players.
Recall the Arsenal Squad of 2003/2004 that was named the invincibles because they won the English premier league title without losing any Match, a feat that no club has not being able to achieve in the English premier league, Thierry Henry whom the club signed from Juventus for a reported fee of £11million was the most Expensive player in that Squad.
That was then, when club didn't necessarily have to break the bank before building a decent squad capable of winning titles. Real Madrid were defeated by Sheriff Tiraspol at Santiago Bernabeu last week in a UEFA Champions League clash.
The defeat was seen as the biggest defeat in the history of Real Madrid not because of the scoreline but because of Real Madrid's squad value of €793million which is, according to transfer market, 64 times more than that of Sheriff Tiraspol. The total value Sheriff Tiraspol's squad is just €12million.
Eden Hazard who is Real Madrid's record Signing was also present and feature for the Los Blancos against Sheriff. Eden Hazard was signed by Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee of €115million from Chelsea, the biggest sale made by the West London club.
Real Madrid aren't the only club that has spent a hefty sum of money to sign new Players. Matter of fact, it has become a norm. Most European clubs, instead of bringing up an academy player into the senior team, prefer to spend huge on signing players that has no guarantee of performing very well.
Manchester City's record signing is Jack Graelish. The Citizens got the England international for a league record fee of £100million from Aston Villa last summer.
Ivorian Forward Nicolas Pepe remains the record signing of Arsenal. The North London club agreed a fee of €80million, an equivalent of £74million with Lille in 2019.
Barcelona's record signing is Philippe Coutinho. The Catalans paid €145million to Liverpool to sign him in 2018. Paul Pogba is Manchester United's most expensive Signing. The club paid €105million, an equivalent of £89million to Juventus in 2016.
Brazilian Winger Neymar Jr is PSG's and world's most expensive player. The Parisians paid €222million to Barcelona to sign him in 2017.
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