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When AC Milan supporters were protesting outside Kaka's house fearing the club would sell him to Manchester City, he waved his Milan shirt to say: "I'm staying."
Milan management found a middle ground with him in Real Madrid.
"The reasons for the departure of Kaka are solely economic," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said, as per FourFourTwo."In January, Kaka didn't want to go to Manchester City. Instead he would go to Madrid."
The latter quote was a reference to City's failed bid for Kaka, as per The Guardian: "City had proposed a £91 million deal to the Italian club and a weekly wage of £500,000 for the former World Footballer of the Year."
City dodged a bullet because Kaka was plagued by injuries at Real.
Milan not only received £56 million for him, but then received him back for free.
When Manchester United were holding on to Cristiano Ronaldo for dear life as Real Madrid kept making their advances known, FIFA president Sepp Blatter likened it to "slavery."
"When we sold Gabriel Heinze to Real Madrid we knew it was going to happen because Ronaldo was very close to Heinze," then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said, as per GQ (h/t The Telegraph). "The end game was to get Ronaldo."
Ferguson then likened Real to dictator Francisco Franco, which prompted then Real president Ramon Calderon to call Ferguson "senile."
Ferguson would finally relinquish Ronaldo in return for £80 million, but not to Calderon—it was to Florentino Perez.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy waited it out until Perez cracked.
The transfer chase was epic in the sense that Perez spent £78 million on Gareth Bale despite his injury issues and him only scoring 20 goals or more in one season once.