The most impressive transfer market in history: Lionel Messi to PSG, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United and the most brilliant signings

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Grealish and Romelu Lukaku were protagonists of a very active pass market in Europe

As the European summer transfer window slowly loomed, no one saw what was really going to happen coming. In the previous one, Lionel Messi I had everything ready to renew with him Barcelona after winning the America Cup with the selection of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo was preparing for a new attempt at the Champions League with the Juventus. But overnight, the board turned and the tiles began to move in an unthinkable way.

The flea he was on vacation for a month and the renovation with the painting had never been questioned blaugrana. But what was unknown was that negotiations became increasingly arduous to close the salary issue. A few weeks later, the scene of Messi with a handkerchief in his hand by the parting tears shook the world. It was happening: Lionel was leaving the city that saw him grow as a person and a footballer to go to the new galactic Europa team.

What the French capital cadre achieved in recent months is unprecedented. He only spent € 50 million on Achraf Hakimi and he convinced the rest of his reinforcements to sign free. Paradoxical the decision to Georginio Wijnaldum, who turned down the opportunity to play with Messi at Barcelona to earn more than double at PSG and, at the end of the day, ended up getting both. A visionary steering wheel from the Netherlands.

The five PSG reinforcements cost a total of 50 million euros (Photo: REUTERS)
The five PSG reinforcements cost a total of 50 million euros (Photo: REUTERS)

Sergio Ramos, Lionel’s lifelong rival, will be able to shout and celebrate the Argentine’s moves for the first time from the same sidewalk. Gianluigi Donnarumma, the hero of the second Eurocup with the selected one of Italy in the penalties against England, decided to reinforce the arc that has as its holder Keylor Navas, Costa Rican three times champion of the Champions League.

While all the spotlights were on Paris, a connection between Turin and Manchester appeared on the radar with an unexpected slam of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. Harmony broke in the Old lady and Massimiliano Allegri reported at a press conference that the Portuguese had decided to leave Italy in search of a new challenge for his career.

The first candidate to sound out the forward was the City of Pep Guardiola. For the English, a betrayal loomed on the horizon with CR7 dressed in light blue after being a multi-champion with his eternal rival. But Jorge Mendes, the player’s representative, talked about the final numbers and there was no agreement. Automatically, the histories of the Red Devils What Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra They took to the pitch to convince the Funchal native to return to his second club.

In a fleeting management, everything settled and again the Manchester United He ended up smiling with the return of the one who knew how to represent the emblematic number 7 shirt so well. Cristiano will once again share the team with Raphael Varane, who also came to the Premier League, but from Real Madrid, in search of a new challenge and to put the historic team back in the foreground of European and international football.

Another of the great signings of the Red Devils it was the extreme Jadon Sancho, who landed from the Borussia Dortmund for 85 million euros (100 million dollars) and is considered one of the great promises of the English team, with only 21 years.

Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus and in Turin they already miss him (Photo: REUTERS)
Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus and in Turin they already miss him (Photo: REUTERS)

The Premier League was not far behind in hires because the Chelsea, Champions League champion, closed the return of Romelu Lukaku in exchange for 115 million euros (USD 135 million). The 28-year-old striker who comes from shining at Inter Milan will have a rematch in a team for which he passed without pain or glory when he was a young man with great aspirations. Upon his arrival, the London squad sold to the English Tammy Abraham to Roma and the French center forward Giroud al Milan.

For his part, Manchester City did not manage to close a center forward, despite having bet heavily on Cristiano and by Harry Kane, who will continue in the Tottenham, but at least he made the most expensive signing in the history of the Premier League: Jack Grealish, for USD 137.6 million. At the age of 25, the creative midfielder was the great sensation of last season with Aston Villa and now he can show off with the light blue jersey

In Spain there was also activity. The Barcelona, who suffered the sad departure of Messi, he had the luxury of hiring Sergio Aguero, who culminated his historic chapter with the Manchester City and came as a free agent, just like Memphis Depay, one of the stars of the Netherlands, which was the great wish of coach Ronald Koeman. The other good addition was Eric García, the Spanish defender who also left City, at the end of their relationship.

In turn, the Real Madrid It seems that you will have to put up with the urge to stay with Kylian Mbappé, after some tense negotiations with the PSG, but managed to close David Alaba, from Bayern Munich at zero cost, and welcomed with open arms Gareth Bale, who returned after his assignment at Tottenham. The other great reinforcement of the institution was that of coach Carlo Ancelotti, replacing Zinedine Zidane.

The protagonists of the Argentine team who changed their shirts during the last window
The protagonists of the Argentine team who changed their shirts during the last window

In addition, the Argentine team received good news after lifting the Copa América with several quality jumps for those who are part of Lionel Scaloni’s radar. Juan Musso left Udinese to join Atalanta, as did Rodrigo De Paul, although he did it to play for Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid; Christian romero signed with Tottenham after showing his full potential at Atalanta; Gonzalo montiel He put an end to his extensive journey in River Plate to make the jump to Sevilla; Nicolas Gonzalez he went to Fiorentina from Stuttgart; German Pezzella left the violet team to join Real Betis with Guido Rodríguez; Joaquin Correa landed on the Inter Milan, after three seasons at Lazio.

Clubs were expected to enter a process of economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic that forced them to suspend competitions and play behind closed doors for so long. But this latest transfer market, which is not over yet, brought out the wallets of the leaders and once again euros flew across the continent. With a closing date this Tuesday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m., there are still unsolved chapters that can surprise everyone in unexpected ways.

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