[TOP 6] The Best Free Transfer Series for the Last Two Decades
The summer transfer market always presents interesting dramas to be witnessed. Speculation becomes a spice that will color throughout the season buying and selling players as now.
Not infrequently, a club will spend a lot of money even for just one player. The latest is Neymar’s amazing transfer from Barcelona to PSG. Unmitigated money worth 222 million Euros or equivalent to 3.5 trillion will be released from the Ligue 1 team.
Previously there was the name Paul Pogba who holds the record of the most expensive transfer throughout the history of football. He was bought again by Manchester United from Juventus worth 89 million pounds or equivalent to 1.7 trillion rupiah.
But from so many expensive transfers, here are six players who were brought in for free but have outstanding contributions and can be categorized the best free transfer over the last two decades, according to Football.com.
1. Esteban Cambiasso (Real Madrid to Internazionale)
Perhaps Esteban Cambiasso’s move from Real Madrid to Internazionale became the best free transfer in history. The player who was positioned as a midfielder was a hijarah from Bernabeu in 2004.
Since falling into the Nerazzurri’s lap, the Argentine has been able to keep his status as a team player and help La Beneamata win five Serie As, as well as an unforgettable Champions League title under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Inter opted not to renew the contract Cambiasso in 2014, which then made him move to England to join Leicester City. During his 10-year career at Giuseppe Meaza, he incised 420 appearances and scored 51 goals.
In addition to the Serie A and Champions League trophies, he is also able to present four Coppa Italia and Supercoppa titles, as well as an Club World Cup title.
2. Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich to Chelsea)
Next there is the name of former Germany captain Michael Ballack. He recruited Chelsea for free from Bayern Munich in 2006, and rejected the offer submitted by Manchester United.
Shown disappointing in the inaugural season, with a lot of criticism for the appearance and injury that kept bothering him, could make Ballack will leave Stamford Bridge prematurely. But he got up the following season, and proved himself.
2007-2008 season became his best year with the Blues, he was able to perform consistently and become an important pillar in the West West team game. But his contract is completed in the 2010 season.
For four years defending the blue banner of London, Ballack incised 166 appearances with a notch 25 goals. And he managed to bring his club won the English League, FA Cup three times, League Cup, and Community Shield.
3. Andrea Pirlo (Milan to Juventus)
One of the most famous free transfers in history until now is when Pirlo leave Milan to Juventus. After appearing in the top level with the Rossoneri, his contract was not extended to Milan in 2011.
He joins Antonio Conte’s squad in Turin, the real midfield maestro is also reaping many glorious achievements with La Vecchia Signora.
Counted there are four years Pirlo defended the Old Lady, and during that time he always presents Scudetto every season. One of the biggest disappointments is when he failed to present victory in the Champions League final contra Barcelona in his final season, 2015.
Then he chose to take part in MLS with New York City. Together with the Old Lady, Pirlo has a record 164 appearances and 19 goals scored.
4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United to Juventus)
Still about Juventus, they are famous as a free quality player shelter. One other name that pokes out is Paul Pogba. He joined Antonio Conte’s side of the squad after leaving Old Trafford in 2012.
At the beginning many doubted his quality, given his name sounded just as a Red Devils academy player only. But he proved himself by appearing as the best player Serie A for three consecutive seasons.
Only four seasons to defend the Bianconeri, he then returned to United but now with a cost that is not cheap. Even had time to break the world transfer record (89 million pounds). What a great business from Juve.
During costumed Le Zebre, Pogba managed to carve 178 games with 34 goals incision. And presents four Serie A trophies, two Supercoppa and Coppa Italia.
5. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich)
After losing Mario Gotze a year earlier, Dortmund fans had to face the bitter reality of losing the most beloved figure of Robert Lewandowski who went to rival club Bayern Munchen, after his contract expired in the summer of 2014.
12 goals he managed to torehkan in his inaugural season at the Allianz Arena. Gradually he appeared ferocious in the next two seasons with each scored 41 and 43 goals.
Lewandowski presents three Bundesliga trophies, in five consecutive Bundesliga trophies in a row by Bayern. He is still active to play for Die Roten counted already played 147 appearances and scored 110 goals. Remember, he’s a free player you know!
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG to Manchester United)
Zlatan finally stepped foot in the Premier League for the first time in the summer of last year. He recruited Manchester United from PSG for free.
Did not take long, he immediately became the key figure of Red Devils success last season. The 35-year-old striker scored 28 goals in all seasons last season, and became the team’s top goalscorer.
His contribution featured United’s minor treble, where they managed to embrace the Community Shield trophy, the League Cup and the Europa League. Unfortunately, he suffered a severe injury at the end of the season and his contract is only a year not renewed the Red Devils.