In modern football, you usually have to shell out several million Euros or Pounds for that impressive player who will boost your squad. However, with the FIFA financial fair-play being implemented in European football, it is becoming even more challenging to sign a player on free transfer. Signing a player on a free transfer requires him to be out of contract at his current club, or be in the final year on his contract, which is also known as the Bosman transfer.
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10. Paul Pogba – Manchester United to Juventus
Many football experts were left amazed after former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson allowed Paul Pogba to make a free transfer to Juventus. A promising young midfielder already established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe and he is only 20 years old.
9. Raul – Real Madrid to Schalke
After he was not offered a new contract at Real Madrid, legendary striker Raul decided to seek a different challenge in his career, which he found in Germany, playing for Schalke. In short time he spent there, he established himself as a true leader and was even offered a captaincy. Currently, he plays for Qatar side, Al-Saad.
8. Henrik Larsson – Celtic to Barcelona
One of the most prolific strikers in the history of football, Henrik Larsson, made a surprise move to Barcelona, on free from Celtic after 2003/2004 season. In his two years at Nou camp, he was a favorite by the supporters and the Barca fans remembered his performance in 2006 Champions league final, when he made two assists to help Blaugrana lift the trophy.
7. Juan Sebastian Veron – Internazionale to Estudiantes
Juan Sebastian Veron is by many seen as one of the greatest Argentinean players in the last decade. Many believe that he left Europe too soon, after unsuccessful spells at Manchester United, Chelsea and Internazionale. In 2007, he moved on a free from Internazionale to Estudiantes, where he plays even today, at 38.
6. Steve McManaman – Liverpool to Real Madrid
In 1999, one of the first sensational free transfers happened in Europe. England and Liverpool winger Steve McManaman switched to Real Madrid on bosman ruling. His time at Bernabeu was very successful, as he became the first and only English player to score in the Champions league final, without the final consisting of English teams.
5. Esteban Cambiasso – Real Madrid to Internazionale
The decline of the Galacticos started when Esteban Cambiasso was not offered a new contract at Real Madrid and decided to move to Inter Milan in 2004. He still plays for the Italian giants and is labeled as one of the best central midfielders of his generation.
4. Michael Ballack – Bayern Munich to Chelsea
There are not many occasions when Bayern Munich managed to sell a player without being able to cash in on him. Exactly that happened in 2006, when Michael Ballack left the German giants to join Chelsea. In four years there, he won the Premier league and FA Cup three times.
3. Kaka – Real Madrid to AC Milan
After Real Madrid signed Kaka from Milan for a reported fee of 68 million Euros. However, he did to fulfill the expectations and eventually left for AC Milan, on a free transfer, following his mutual termination of two years remaining on his contract.
2. Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan to Juventus
It is pretty amazing to believe that a club like AC Milan chose not to extend the contract for Andrea Pirlo, who moved on a free transfer to rivals Juventus. In Juve, he is reliving his younger days as is the main violin for the “Old Lady” and manages to keep a leading role in Italian squad as well.
1. Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich
Although he is yet to feature for Bayern Munich, many claimed that Robert Lewandowski is the best free transfer in history. In 2014 a long speculation confirmed that the Polish striker will leave Borussia Dortmund for heavy rivals from Munich. It was a personal wish from Bayern manager Guardiola, so we have no doubts in his success there.
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