vrijdag 8 juli 2011

World Transfer Records: Fabio Coentrao and the Top 10 Most Expensive Defenders

10. Sergio Ramos

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Sevilla's Sergio Ramos salutes fans after beating Real Madrid 1-0 during the Primera Liga match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Bernabeu on December 22, 2004 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Year: 2007
Position: Centre Back, Right Back
From: Sevilla FC
To: Real Madrid
Fee: €27 million

Sergio Ramos came at a hefty price for Real Madrid to become Hierro's successor.
They signed French youngster Raphael Varane from RC Lens for €10 million to accomplish that same task, so I think it's fair to say "The New Hierro" hasn't been found yet.

9. Joleon Lescott

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Joleon Lescott of Everton in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Rochdale and Everton at the Spotland Stadium on July 18, 2009 in Rochdale, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images).
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Year: 2009
Position: Centre Back, Left Back
From: Everton FC
Fee: €27.5 million

Really? €27.5 million for Joleon Lescott?
If there's one name that doesn't belong on this list, it's this one.
Joleon has progressed to become the Citizens' best bench-warmer ever.
If that's what City wanted, then it's certainly money well spent.
8. Fabio Coentrao

Year: 2011
Position: Left Back
From: SL Benfica
To: Real Madrid 
Fee: €30 million

Madrid's new signing, and eighth most expensive transfer ever (actually, he's tied for fifth with four other players worth €30 million), is expected by many to fight it out with Marcelo for Real's left-back position.
7. David Luiz

PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  David Luiz of Benfica looks on during the Portuguese Liga match between Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Luz Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Patricia de Melo/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
EuroFootball/Getty Images
Year: 2010
Position: Centre Back, Left Back, Right Back
From: SL Benfica
To: Chelsea FC
Fee: €30 million

This is the second season in a row that Benfica sells one of their defenders for €30 million, then.
David Luiz is a fantastic defender—at least in potential and raw talent.
He'll have to mature mentally to prove he was worth what Chelsea paid for him, though.
To do that, it's a good thing he can start in any position on the back line.
6. Pepe
LONDON - MARCH 06:  Pepe of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen, second leg match between Chelsea and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on March 6, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Clive Mason/Getty Images
Position: Centre Back, Defensive Midfielder
From: FC Porto
To: Real Madrid 
Fee: €30 million

The Real mad-man has been a hot-and-cold affair at the Santiago Bernabeu.
One day he's the best defender in the world and a dominating presence wherever he plays.
But the very next day, he might get injured for a long spell or get red-carded for his (almost criminal) aggressive style of playing football.
Still, I believe he has been worth every penny.
5. Ricardo Carvalho

PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 21:   Ricardo Carvalho of Porto during the UEFA Champions League semi-final between FC Porto and Deportivo La Coruna at the Dragao Stadium on April 21, 2004 in Porto, Portugal.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Year: 2004
Position: Centre Back
From: FC Porto
To: Chelsea FC
Fee: €30 million

The former Porto man was worth every penny for his time at Chelsea.
Ricardo Carvalho has been a consistent feature as a top defender for the last seven years.
If you're paying €30 million for someone, you have to expect to get someone like Carvalho.

4. Alesandro Nesta

06 Jan 2002:  Alessandro Nesta of Lazio in action during the Serie A match between Inter Milan and Lazio, played at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, Milan.    DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/Getty Images
Getty Images/Getty Images
Year: 2002
Position: Centre Back
From: SS Lazio
To: AC Milan
Fee: €30.5 million

Alessandro Nesta was the man who bench-marked the €30 million price for top defenders.
He's one of the all-time greats already, and while his price was considered exorbitant in 2002, it could be considered cheap by today's standards for someone with Nesta's quality.

3. Lilian Thuram

23 Jan 2000:  Lilian Thuram of Parma in action during the Italian Serie A match against Perugia, Italy. Parma won the game 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Claudio Villa /Allsport
Claudio Villa/ Grazia Neri/Getty Images
Year: 2001
Position: Right Back, Centre Back
From: FC Parma
To: Juventus
Fee: €36.5 million

The World Cup winning Frenchman (and the oldest transfer on this list) was the most expensive defender ever in 2001 for €36.5 million.
He was mainly a right back then, and was the position's most costly player.
Until a certain Brazilian came along, that is...

2. Dani Alves
SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 03:  Daniel Alves of  Sevilla reacts after missing a shot at goal during the Primera Liga match between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on March 3, 2007 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Year: 2008
Position: Right Back
From: Sevilla FC
Fee: €41.5 million

Dani Alves cost Barcelona a whopping €41.5 million.
It's actually impressive that nobody talks about how expensive he was—proving that he's worth exactly what Laporta paid for him in the first place.
Right now he's the undisputed best right back in the world, and you'd have to pay a lot more than €40 million to get his services.

1. Rio Ferdinand

20 April 2002:  Rio Ferdinand of Leeds United in action during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Fulham played at Elland Road, in Leeds, England. Fulham won the match 1-0. DIGITAL IMAGE. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Year: 2002
Position: Centre Back
From: Leeds United
Fee: €46 million

Rio Ferdinand should always be advertised like a fine brand: "The world's most expensive defender since 2002."
Manchester United spent €46 million for the Leeds defender; some could argue he's been worth every penny.
I don't think we'll see this record broken any time soon and Rio could keep him for a very long time—unless an unexpected transfer comes from completely out of nowhere and breaks it.

Sources: Bleacher Report

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