Every season, we witness some of the most expensive transfers in football history for players in their prime or even at a younger age.
Here, we look at the most expensive transfer fees for players who were at the age of 30 when signing for their new club.
5. Angelo Peruzzi | Inter Milan to Lazio | £10.5 million
Just one season after joining Inter Milan, the Italian goalkeeper joined Lazio where he spent the last days of his career at after making over 200 appearances for the Rome club. The experienced goalkeeper had also once played for other Italian giants - AS Roma and Juventus. The injury prone keeper retired in 2007 due to the continuous nagging of the injuries.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | AC Milan to Paris Saint Germain | £15.7 million
After winning league trophies at previous clubs with Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and AC Milan, the Sweden international decided to join PSG where he is just one win away from clinching another. The 31-year-old had an outstanding season at the Rossoneri before making the switch to the wealthy Parisiens. Despite joining several different clubs in his career, the Malmo born striker seems to adapt to all of them. Particularly this season, as he has scored 32 goals for the Ligue 1 leaders.
3. Claude Makelele | Real Madrid to Chelsea | £16.8 million
In a season where the Blues spent over £100 million in transfers, the Frenchman found himself at Stamford Bridge with other expensive international signings like Juan Sebastian Veron, Adrian Mutu and Hernan Crespo. Following his first season at the London club, when they incidentally finished second, Makelele thrived under Jose Mourinho who led Chelsea to their first two Premier League titles. Makelele was deemed the player of the year for the league champions by Mourinho himself for their memorable 2004-05 season.
2. Samuel Eto'o | Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala | £18.4 million
It was the day when the former Barcelona forward was going to be known as the highest payed player in the world. He had signed a deal which would allow him to earn as much as £15.3 million a year. This only implied his reason for signing for the Russian club. The three-time UEFA Champions League winner has yet to accomplish any silverware at the club let alone Champions League qualification.
1. Diego Milito | Geno to Inter Milan | €30 million
In his initial season for the Nerazzurri, the Argentine led them to winning a historical treble in the 2009-10 season under Jose Mourinho. He had scored 30 goals in total, two of those coming in the Champions League final to make history. The 33-year-old had been heavily praised after his prolific debut season for the treble winners. He has never been able to repeat those antics, however and suffered a serious knee injury earlier this year.
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