Now that Ferland Mendy’s transfer has been completed, Real Madrid just surpassed its own spending record in football history.
During the summer of 2009, the chairman was determined to put Los Blancos back on the map and he needed to spend big in order to accomplish that.
The general idea was to completely renew the squad that left former president Ramon Calderon with the intention to compete with FC Barcelona.
The most powerful Catalan club in football history was only starting their reign, Florentino knew he needed to get the necessary players in order to compete over the next decade.
The biggest plan was to bring the only player who could compete against Lionel Messi, which was obviously Cristiano Ronaldo.
Although the president wasn’t the one who completed the whole negotiation with Manchester United, Perez did pay the full €94 million for the Portuguese star without hesitation.
However, CR7 was only the first of many great players that Florentino plotted to bring to Chamartin.
Alongside the biggest star on the planet came other amazing talents who complimented the squad to poetic perfection. But bringing all of them wouldn’t be cheap.
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The failed experiment of bringing Kaka.
Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, the next big talent that Florentino brought was Ricardo Kaka from AC Milan.
However, his plan to buy the Brazilian star didn’t go according to plan because he was carrying several injuries that the Italian club “forgot” to mention.
The president paid a total of €60 million for the Rossoneri’s biggest star.
Next in line, we had Karim Benzema impressive talent. Florentino Perez never hid his predilection for the French forward, a player for which he paid €35 million.
Another €34,5 million were paid to Liverpool for Xabi Alonso, who was an essential purchase for this Real Madrid.
The president also paid Valencia €15 million for defender Raul Albiol. And finally, Florentino also brought Alvaro Negredo, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Adan as Iker Casillas’ second goalie (€5M, €4M, and €4M, respectively).
To those who keep count, that is a total of €258,5 million for eight players.
This was the second revolution during the Florentino Perez era, but it took this squad a few years to pick up the pace against FC Barcelona.
However, they did eventually win four Champions League trophies in five years.
Expenses for new signings in the current transfer window:
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The new guard has been more expensive so far.
Florentino Perez knew that he needed to start the third revolution within the club, but he also knew that the spending spree would be much higher due to how the transfer market is right now.
The state-controlled clubs have taken over the market’s fluctuation and Florentino needed to be smart with the players he would buy.
So far, the president has already bought five players and he has already spent a total of €030 million.
Let’s start with Rodrygo Goes, a promising Brazilian talent for whom Florentino paid €45 million to Santos FC.
We move to Militao and the €50 million the president paid to Porto for the defender. Luka Jovic wasn’t cheap, as the chairman paid €60 million to Eintracht Frankfurt for his contract.
We all know that the president paid €100 million for Eden Hazard, and we finally get to Ferland Mendy’s €48 million plus variables.
All this money and we didn’t count Vinicius Junior because he came last season, but including him would elevate the final sum to €353 million.
The scariest part of this is that Florentino isn’t done with the summer spending spree, the number could even go up to €500 million if necessary.
Real Madrid transfer window:
📝 Eden Hazard [€100m](28 yo)
📝 Luka Jović [€65m] (21 yo)
📝 Eder Militao [€50m] (21 yo)
📝 Rodrygo [€54m] (18 yo)
📝 Ferland Mendy [€48m](24 yo)
€300m+ spent already and it's only the 12th of June 💰💸 pic.twitter.com/Y2I2fXww5l
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