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FC Porto Could Field an Incredible Team with All the Players They've Sold

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterAugust 20, 2015

Porto's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese super league football match FC Porto vs A. Academica de Coimbra at the Dragao Stadium in Porto on November 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nicolas Otamendi became the latest former FC Porto player to join a top European club when it was confirmed he had joined Manchester City this week.

But he's not the first.

Since 2004, Porto have made over £500 million by selling their top players, according to Eurosport (via Yahoo). The conveyor belt started when Jose Mourinho guided the club to a shock Champions League win during the 2003-04 season.

Soon after, key defenders Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho followed Mourinho to Chelsea, while star man Deco joined Barcelona.

But that was just the start, and Porto have continued to sell the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Hulk for huge profits.

A composite XI of players to have played for Porto in this time would make a truly impressive line—so good, in fact, that stars such as Danilo, Raul Meireles and Jackson Martinez would have to settle for places on the bench.

Porto's success, both on the field and financially, suggests their system is working. But wouldn't it have been great to see this lot on the pitch together in their prime?

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