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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:30:00 GMT | By Star Sports

Ronaldo, still the transfer-market hero

If Cristiano Ronaldo is miffed that Gareth Bale has left him in his shadow as far as the World’s Most Expensive Player Trophy goes, here’s a little something to make him feel better: adjusted for inflation, the Portuguese is still international football’s record transfer.


Ronaldo, still the transfer-market hero

Bale completed his move from Tottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid on Sunday for a world record fee (reported) of £85.3 million. Cristiano Ronaldo had made his switch from Manchester United to the Bernabeu in 2009 for the then world record fee of £80 million.

However, if you take inflation into account, Ronaldo’s £80 million converts to an eye-watering £90.9 million in today’s currency.

Having realized this is a fun game, we decided to run the inflation calculator against other record transfers.

Kaka, holder of the world-record fee when he switched from AC Milan to Real Madrid in 2009 (just before Ronaldo’s move eclipsed his) on a £56m transfer. That converts to £63.6 million in the present day.

But adjusted for inflation, Zinedine Zidane’s move from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001 (anyone else sense a common, Galactico-themed thread here?) was more expensive: In today’s money, the £46 million Madrid paid then roughly converts to £64.4 million.

The fact that none of the other numbers come close to Ronaldo and Bale’s transfer figures is evidence that football has gone mad.

In 1984, Diego Maradona moved from Barcelona to Napoli for a then world record fee of £5 million. What do you reckon that’s worth when adjusted for inflation? Whatever your guess is, it’s probably wrong – it converts to a very reasonable £13.6 million.

Basically, if Spurs were spending their Bale kitty in 1984, they could have bought six Maradonas instead of one Paulinho, one Lamela, one Soldado, one Chadli, one Capoue, one Chiriches and one Eriksen.

Wonder which sounds like the better deal…

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