Football's most expensive strikers: worth the risk?
Which record signing has offered the worst return for their sizeable fee?
Poor old Fernando Torres, he just can't get away from it all, can he? The departure of Robero di Matteo as Chelsea boss last week and the subsequent arrival should of Rafa Benitez have been big enough news to distract from his terrible form of late, but it wasn't to be.
In fact, Torres found himself at the heart of the debate as Di Matteo was allegedly forced to pay for dropping Torres for Chelsea's 3-0 defeat against Juventus, just hours before he was given the axe.
The man bought into replace the Italian was Torres' mentor at Liverpool, Benitez. Wildly unpopular with the Chelsea fans, his modus operandi appears simply to get his countryman firing again. Frankly if he can improve his current ratio of 4.75 goals per Chelsea manager he has played under then it would at least be a start.
If that stat isn't bad enough, working out how much each of his 19 goals have cost Chelsea makes for a painful read. Since his £50 million switch from Liverpool in 2011, his efforts have cost the Stamford Bridge club over £2.5 million per goal. Lucky they have a Russian oligarch as an owner, eh?
Alone, the fact is a damning incitement on Torres' fall from grace. But is he alone in his failings? Does snapping up a big money striker always guarantee goals or is it simply a risk not worth taking?
Well, GMF decided to try and find out. Taking the top ten most expensive strikers in history (including Cristiano Ronaldo, who while not strictly a striker, has more goals than the lot of 'em and cost the most) we've calculated just how much each of their goals for their respective clubs have cost in relation to their transfer fee.
So take a gander at the top ten most expensive strikers and find out once and for all if splashing the cash really does mean goals are assured. Frankly, some of them ought to be grateful that astronomical wages weren't factored in.....
Cristiano Ronaldo, to Real Madrid - £80m
Cost per Goal: £484,848
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to Barcelona - £56m
Cost per Goal: £2.57m
Fernando Torres, to Chelsea - £50m
Cost per Goal: £2.63m
Hulk, to Zenit St. Petersburg - £48.5m
Cost per Goal: £16.16m
Radamel Falcao, to Atletico Madrid - £41.5m
Cost per Goal: £830,000
Sergio Aguero, to Manchester City - £39.5m
Cost per Goal: £1.07m
Ronaldo, to Real Madrid - £39.5m
Cost per Goal: £475,903
Andy Carroll, to Liverpool - £35m
Cost per Goal: £3.18m
David Villa, to Barcelona - £35m
Cost per Goal: £945,945
Christian Vieri, to Inter Milan - £33.5m
Cost per Goal: £325,242