With the arrival of Paul Pogba at Manchester United, the world-record transfer fee for Gareth Bale set by Real Madrid was smashed. Pogba is officially the most expensive player ever, but will this guarantee success for Mourinho at Man United? History tells us it probably won't...
Over the last 20 years, the transfer fee world record has been broken ten times. On five of those occasions, it was Real Madrid who splashed the cash, and it was only with the €62 million transfer of Luis Figo from Barcelona that Real Madrid went on to win the league title in the same season. In fact, Figo’s transfer is the only world record-breaking transfer since 1996 that has yielded a league title for the purchasing team in their first season.
Take a look at the list of world record transfers below…
1996 – Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United – £15m (No league title)
1997 – Ronaldo from Barcelona to Inter Milan – £19.5m (No league title)
1998 – Denilson from Sao Paulo to Real Betis – £21.5m (No league title)
1999 – Christian Vieri from Lazio to Inter Milan – £32.1m (No league title)
2000 – Hernan Crespo from Parma to Lazio – £35.5m (No league title)
2000 – Luis Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid – £37m (WON League title)
2001 – Zinedine Zidane from Juventus to Real Madrid – £46m (No league title)
2009 – Kaka from AC Milan to Real Madrid – £56m (No league title)
2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo from Man United to Real Madrid – £80m (No league title)
2013 – Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £86m (No league title)
2016 – Paul Pogba from Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur – £89 (No league title)
Will Pogba be only the second player in the last 20 years to win the league in the same year as their world record transfer fee?