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Transfer Records: Alexis Sánchez and the 20 Most Profitable Transfers Ever

Andres EhrliCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2011

Transfer Records: Alexis Sánchez and the 20 Most Profitable Transfers Ever

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    Alexis Sanchez has been bought for €26 million plus incentives today. He's undoubtedly a huge profit for Udinese.

    There have been lots of profitable transfers like his.

    This list will review the Top 20 most profitable transfers ever in football.

    Where will Alexis rank?

    Start the slideshow and find out!

Undecided: Alexis Sánchez

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    From: Udinese

    Bought for: €3 million from Cobreloa

    Sold for: €26 plus 11.5 in incentives to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €23 to 34.5 million

    Alexis will land on this list on number 13 if Barcelona pay his fee in full.

    If he under-performs, he'll be out of it altogether.

    He'll still be a very profitable player for Udinese, though.

20. Pippo Inzaghi

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    From: Juventus

    Bought for: €10.4 million from Atalanta

    Sold for: €37 million to AC Milan

    Profit: €26.6 million

    Superpippo makes this list thanks to the massive fee Milan paid to steal him out of Turin.

    He doesn't quite play football, but he's there's no doubt he's the 20th most profitable transfer ever.

19. Danny

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    From: Dinamo Moscow

    Bought for: €3 million from Sporting Lisbon

    Sold for: €30 million to Zenit St. Peterburg

    Profit: €27 million

    Danny? Really?

    There's no way he's worth even €15million.

    But Zenit still bought him for €30 million.

18. Ronaldinho

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    From: Paris Saint-Germain

    Bought for: €5.1 million from Gremio

    Sold for: €32.25 million to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €27.15 million

    R10 gets in at number 18.

    And he was bought on a fairly cheap price by Barcelona.

17. Pepe

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    From: FC Porto

    Bought for: €2 million from Marítimo

    Sold for: €30 million to Real Madrid CF

    Profit: €28 million

    The assasin was very profitable for Porto.

    He was almost a complete unknown when he signed for Madrid.

    When not on a killing spree, he's one of the top defenders in the world.

16. David Villa

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    From: Valencia CF

    Bought for: €12 million from Real Zaragoza

    Sold for: €40 million to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €28 million

    Maravilla was a huge profit for Valencia.

    He exploded at Mestalla, so they deserve their bounty in full.

15. Fabio Coentrao

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    From: SL Benfica

    Bought for: €0.9 million from Rio Ave FC

    Sold for: €30 million to Real Madrid CF

    Profit: €29.1 million

    The new Galactico was bought for €30 million when it only cost Benfica €900 thousand.

    Now that's how you make money!

14. David Luiz

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    From: SL Benfica

    Bought for: €0.5 million from Vitória

    Sold for: €30 million to Chelsea FC

    Profit: €29.5 million

    Another Benfica super-profitable sale.

    They know what they're doing, don't they?

13. Didier Drogba

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    From: Olympique Marseille

    Bought for: €6 million from Guingamp

    Sold for: €37 million to Chelsea FC

    Profit: €29.5 million

    Drogba brought a huge profit Marseille's way.

    They used that money to try to bounce back in Ligue 1 (with not much success).

12. Marc Overmars

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    From: Arsenal FC

    Bought for: €7.5 million from AFC Ajax

    Sold for: €40 million to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €32.5 million

    Overmars was a fantastic sell for Arsenal.

    And a horrible buy for Barcelona.

    Especially when you add Emmanuel Petit into the mix.

11. Edin Dzeko

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    From: VfL Wolfsburg

    Bought for: €4 million from FK Teplice

    Sold for: €37 million to Manchester City

    Profit: €33 million

    Edin seemed like he was worth €37 million.

    He hasn't proved it so far at City...

    Wolsfburg will still swim in their money, though.

10. Nicolas Anelka

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    From: Arsenal FC

    Bought for: €0.76 million from Paris Saint-Germain

    Sold for: €35 million to Real Madrid CF

    Profit: €34.24 million

    Le Sulk on his sulkiest days joined Madrid for a hefty fee.

    He only cost Arsene Wenger 760 thousand euros.

    Great buy, better sell.

9. Rui Costa

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    From: AC Fiorentina

    Bought for: €5.5 million from SL Benfica

    Sold for: €42 million to AC Milan

    Profit: €36.5 million

    The Portuguese maestro commanded a heavy fee when he left Fiorentina.

    Evenwith the huge profit, the viola still went down because of financial hardships.

8. Pavel Nedved

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    From: SS Lazio

    Bought for: €3.5 million from Sparta Prague

    Sold for: €41.2 million to Juventus

    Profit: €37.7 million

    Great buy from Lazio snatching Nedved for under €4 million euros from the Czech Republic.

    But he should have been worth more than what Juve paid for him.

    Still, good profit.

7. Dani Alves

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    From: FC Sevilla

    Bought for: €0.55 million from Bahia

    Sold for: €41.5 million to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €40.95 million

    Monchi and Sevilla are magnificent at making profit.

    But none like Alves who was bought for under 600 thousand euros and was sold for just shy of €42million to Barcelona.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    From: Inter Milan

    Bought for: €24.8 million from Juventus

    Sold for: €69.5 million (€49.5 million plus €20 million valued Samuel Eto'o) to FC Barcelona

    Profit: €44.7 million

    Moratti robbed Laporta.

    There's no other way to understand this transfer today.

5. Hernán Crespo

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    From: FC Parma

    Bought for: €4 million from River Plate

    Sold for: €55 million to SS Lazio

    Profit: €51 million

    Hernán Crespo at 5?

    And for €55 million?

    Lazio ran a tight ship back then. Not!

4. Kaká

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    From: AC Milan

    Bought for: €8.25 million from Sao Paolo

    Sold for: €65 million to Real Madrid

    Profit: €56.75 million

    Kaká has been a huge bust at Real.

    I'm sure Milan will be happy with their €65 million profit.

3. Luís Figo

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    From: FC Barcelona

    Bought for: €2.5 million from Sporting Lisbon

    Sold for: €60 million to Real Madrid CF

    Profit: €57.5 million

    Judas Iscariot himself at least borught lots of money after Barcelona got him for €2.5 million.

    Shame they spent it all in Overmars.

2. Zinedine Zidane

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    From: Juventus

    Bought for: €3.5 million from Bordeaux

    Sold for: €73.5 million to Real Madrid

    Profit: €70 million

    Madrid got Zidane on the cheap.

    And Juve should've seen more profit.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    From: Manchester United

    Bought for: €17.5 million from Sporting Lisbon

    Sold for: €94 million to Real Madrid CF

    Profit: €76.5 million

    A fair price and profit for CR97 if you ask me.

    Both parties must be happy with what they got from this deal.

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