Prior to the final day of the sales, however, they'd heavily indulged themselves.
Big money was spent on Monaco's James Rodriguez, while Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas were signed at more modest prices.
The incomings haves come at a loss, though, with Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria among the players to depart Los Blancos this summer to free up space and cash.
Cristiano Ronaldo, reading between the lines, isn't completely happy with Florentino Perez's work.
"Maybe I would have done things differently," Catalan publication Sport quoted the Portuguese forward as saying.
But on a man-to-man basis, how do the new guys fit in at the Bernabeu? Over the following slides, each new player is given a grade.
In giving the grade, the following factors were considered: price, ability, need, age, top-level experience and, factored in slightly less than the others, the player's marketing pull.