8. Gareth Bale | Real Madrid | Forward

Gareth Bale will never experience more of a whirlwind year than 2013, in which he became the most expensive footballer in history.

Real Madrid were made to shell out a reported £86m to bring the Wales international to the Spanish capital - and the 24-year-old has hit the ground running alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and co. at the Bernabeu.

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