It was back in 2010 that former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat told The Guardian that transfer fees had "accelerated out of all proportion."
Well, David, things have hardly become more modest since then, and even the spectre of Financial Fair Play has not been enough to dissuade some of Europe’s biggest clubs from wasting their money on players they either didn't need or that would never live up to the money paid for them.
Following is a look at 20 of the most wasteful, extravagant transfers in football history. Some of them were down to poor (or nonexistent) scouting; others were the result of bidding wars gone out of control.
And a good many were simply down to carelessness with the purse strings.
Let’s get started.