Top 10: Most profitable transfers in football history (11)

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1. Gareth Bale

Bought for: £7m by Tottenham Hotspur on 25.05.07

Sold for: £85.3m by Real Madrid on 01.08.13

Profit: £77.7m

Tottenham Hotspur fans may miss Gareth Bale but drove without question the hardest bargain in transfer history when Real Madrid came calling for the Welsh wing wizard last summer, securing a world-record £85.3m fee before allowing him to become the latest La Liga star.

Bale's reported £7m fee that took him from Spurs to Southampton to 2007 should have been far more profitable for the South Coast club, but their decision to eventually waive a 25% sell-on clause now looks like an absolute disaster despite easing their financial woes at the time.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco may be filthy-rich but are mere pretenders to the throne when it comes to extortionate transfer fees, with Madrid firmly keeping their place at the top of the transfer tree.

Paris Saint-Germain
Gareth Bale
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Edinson Cavani
AC Milan
Manchester United
Zinedine Zidane

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