and just in case Florentino Perez can't understand English,
LA VENTANA DE TRANSFERENCIAS DEL 2009 ESTA CERRADA!!!
We've cried tears, we've jumped off some cliffs, we've sent death threats to Perez and we've broken our fingers from constantly refreshing BBC text. Us North Americans were rubbing our eyes and pinching ourselves when we saw the Ronaldo saga reported on our local news. A soccer player? On American TV? What? Then later that evening, Paris Hilton and Cristiano Ronaldo hooked up and a pandemic was expected to start. But somehow we made it!
The season has started for all the major leagues, yet I still can't grasp that all those transfers, swap deals and Sergio's green pants actually happened. It's September, which means a new beginning for not only soccer, but for a bunch of us with our academic commitments and stuff. But let's take one last look back on the most chaotic transfer window in history, so we can tell ours kids in the future. When we're WAGs of course.
|Gareth Barry: £12m, Aston Villa to Manchester City|
Grew up as a Villa player, captained the team, left to "win trophies" and joined a club that wasn't competing in CL
Glen Johnson: £18m, Portsmouth to Liverpool
The England international impressed for both country and club and was voted the PFA rightback of 2008/2009. This attracted him to several top PL clubs, but was eventually signed by Liverpool
Alvaro Arbeloa: €4m, Liverpool to Real Madrid
Was dependable but never too flashy. Had one year left on his contract, and with Johnson being Liverpool's big signing of the season, Fly Boy was just a phonecall away from rejoining his childhood club.
Alberto Aquilani: £20m, Roma to Liverpool
Arrived as a replacement for newly departed Xabi Alonso. Started his career with Roma and highly rated in Italy despite being injury prone during his time with the Italian club.
Raul Albiol: €15m, Valencia to Real Madrid
Spanish international, born in Valencia and played with Valencia since childhood. Left after Florentino's re-election to strengthen Madrid's defense.
Antonio Valencia: £16m, Wigan to Manchester United
The Ecuadorian winger arrived in England in 2006 at Wigan Athletic, and was signed by Man United after a few impressive seasons in the Premier League.
Kolo Toure: £16m, Arsenal to Manchester City
Spent 7 years with Arsenal and was the last player (unless you count Clichy) from Arsenal's famous invincible year.
Joleon Lescott: £22-£24m, Everton to Manchester City
Important part of Everton's defense, but his departure was inevitable after the player handed in a transfer request.
Mario Gomez: €30m, Stuttgart to Bayern Munich
Always a Stuttgart favourite, but shocked his fans by making a record transfer to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich after almost 10 years with the club.
Felipe Melo: €20.5m, Fiorentina to Juventus
The midfielder had a successful stint with Brazil at the Confederations Cup, and was then linked to several top clubs including Arsenal, but went to Juventus.
Lucio: Undisclosed, Bayern Munich to Inter Milan
Spent nearly a decade in Germany and was part of the Leverkusen squad that was defeated by Real Madrid in the 2002 CL final. Vice captained Bayern, and was Captain of the Brazil side that recently won the Confed Cup, but the centerback now has a new challenge in Italy with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.
Diego: €24.5, Werder Bremen to Juventus
The Brazilian playmaker was a key part of Bremen over the years, and was important to Bremen's UEFA Cup campaign, even though he was unable to play in the final. He joins Juventus with fellow Brazilian Felipe Melo.
Wesley Sneijder: €15m, Real Madrid to Inter Milan
A Dutch-favourite but was not considered as part of Florentino's project and was sold to Inter Milan, where he is expected to add strength to their midfield.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: €15m, Real Madrid to AC Milan
Highly rated dutch-striker who was an emergency buy from Real Madrid in the 2009 winter transfer window. Milan who lost key players this summer, bought the striker to strengthen their weakened squad.
Peter Crouch: Around £10m, Portsmouth to Tottenham
The Premier League's tallest striker leaves the struggling Portsmouth side and returns to London to reunite with his childhood club
Cannavaro - Free, Real Madrid to Juventus
Podolski - €10m, Bayern Munich to FC Köln
Zhirkov - £18m, CSKA Moscow to Chelsea
Roque Santa Cruz - £17.5m, Blackburn to Manchester City
Sami Hyypia - Free, Liverpool to Bayern Leverkusen
Nilmar - £11m, Internacional to Villarreal
Milito - Undisclosed, Genoa to Inter Milan
Miguel Torres - €2m, Real Madrid to Getafe
Sylvinho - Free, FC Barcelona to Manchester City
Gooch - Free, Standard Liege to AC Milan
Negredo - €15m, Real Madrid to Sevilla
Maxwell - €4.5m, Inter Milan to FC Barcelona
Chyngrnsky - €25m, Shahktar to FC Barcelona
Morientes - Free, Valencia to Marseille
Gudjohnsen - €2.5m, FC Barcelona to AS Monaco
Juninho - €2.5m, Lyon to Al-Gharafa
Heitinga - £6.2m, Atletico Madrid to Everton
Keirrison - €14m, Palmeiras to FC Barcelona (loaned to Benfica)
Saviola - €5m, Real Madrid to Benfica
Salgado - Free, Real Madrid to Blackburn Rovers
Ivica Olic - Free, Hamburg to Bayern Munich
Vermaelen - £10m, Ajax to Arsenal
Shevchenko - Free, Chelsea to Dynamo Kiev
Pennant - Free, Liverpool to Real Zaragoza
Niko Kranjcar - £2.5m Portsmouth to Tottenham
Elano - £8m, Manchester City to Galatasaray
let me know if i left out an important signing :)