Top 5 transfers in English Premier League history

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December 17th, 2019

The English Premier League has had some of the world’s greatest players scoring goals and entertaining fans. For some clubs bringing a player in completely changed their fortune. Let's take a look at the top five transfers in Premier League history.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo - Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, 2003 (£12.24m)

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a household name when he came to Old Trafford in 2003. When he left for Real Madrid in 2009, he was one of the best players on earth. He scored 84 goals for the Red Devils, won three EPL titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Champions League title and one Club World Cup.

He was the man at Manchester United, and it’s easily one of the biggest steals any team has ever had.

4. Sergio Agüero - Atlético Madrid to Manchester City, 2011 (£38m)

Sergio Agüero was an expensive transfer for a Manchester City team that was trying to pump money into players who could contend for a title. Agüero delivered that title in his first year, when he became a club legend with his goal in extra time during final match of the season, which gave them the EPL title over crosstown rival Manchester United.

Agüero has dominated the EPL since he arrived. He’s already sixth all-time in goals scored and could pass Alan Shearer’s record in just a few more seasons.

3. Wayne Rooney - Everton to Manchester United, 2004 (£25.6m)

Wayne Rooney became a megastar when he left his boyhood club, Everton, for Old Trafford in 2004. His fire and his skill were rivaled by few, and he became England’s biggest star and one of the biggest stars in all the world.

He’s one of just 2 players in EPL history with more than 200 league goals—second only to Alan Shearer—and he’s one of the most decorated athletes in the league’s history.

2. Thierry Henry - Juventus to Arsenal, 1999 (£11m)

Thierry Henry brought flair and panache to Arsenal when he arrived in 1999. It wasn’t how many times he scored—and he scored a lot—but how he scored. Behind his back, heel flicks, rockets from outside the box, chipping the goalkeeper. He made Arsenal fun and winners.

He won two EPL titles and two FA Cups in four years. He was a major part of "The Invincibles" unbeaten in 2003-2004. His departure from Arsenal for Barcelona left a huge hole, not just in Arsenal, but the entire league.

1. Didier Drogba - Marseille to Chelsea, 2004 (£24m)

Chelsea wasn’t a team that won a lot before the arrival of Didier Drogba. But Chelsea became a winner very quickly and did it in bunches with Drogba leading the attack. He scored more than 100 league goals and brought trophies to Stamford Bridge.

Drogba won four EPL titles, four FA cups, three League Cups and a Champions League title in 13 seasons, and he left the club in 2015 a London legend.

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