This trend of roping in the world's elite players started just after EURO 2000 finals. It all kicked off with the world record 60 million euro signing of Portuguese superstar Luis Figo, robbing him from FC Barcelona. Figo had elevated to recognition with some great performances in the UEFA EURO, and became the center as well as captain of the team. The very next year Real Madrid roped in twice FIFA World Player of the Year popularly known as Zizou (Zinedine Zidane) who was purchased from Juventus for a similar world record fee - about €77m. The very next season, Real got Ronaldo, the highest goal scorer in the FIFA 2002 World Cup, for roughly €39m from Inter Milan, followed by David Beckham and Michael Owen respectively from the English Premiership League. Real Madrid further had the likes of Kaka who came from Milan, by spending just over £59 million for the Brazilian maestro, breaking the world record for transfer of players in the process. Days after breaking the world transfer record, Real broke its own record as they had an £80 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.
The current transfer making news is that of Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso who was signed after the clubs agreed a transfer fee believed to be £30 million. The club's other new entrants include Liverpool right-back Alvaro Arbeloa, Valencia central defender Raul Albiol, Almeria striker Alvaro Negredo and Getafe midfielder Esteban Granero.