Premier League to La Liga, who can resist?
Phillippe Coutinho is the latest in a long line of top players to move from The Premier League to La Liga.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only clubs in the world financially able to compete with the top 6 Premier League teams. They also come with a rich history and the reputation for making great players even greater.
It comes as no shock to see Mohamed Salah linked with Real Madrid even though he has only been at Liverpool for a matter of months.
Here we take a look at some of the Premier League exports of the past, good and bad.
Not every transfer will work out and some may come as a massive shock.
Take Lassana Diarra for example, quietly plying his trade for Portsmouth one minute and appearing at a packed Bernabeu the next.
Other notable transfers that made no sense at all include Jonothan Woodgate who famously scored an own goal and got sent off on his debut.
Julian Faubert was another that worked out exactly as we would have predicted. Faubert missed a day’s training soon after joining Real Madrid on loan and was caught asleep on the bench during a game, not surprisingly Real Madrid did not take up the option of a permanent transfer, back to West Ham he went.
We have no doubt that Coutinho will be a success and join our list who have all successfully swapped The Premier League for La Liga.
Steve McManaman, Liverpool for Real Madrid
Few doubted the Liverpool mans talent, but not many predicted how well it would go for McManaman in Spain. During his Spansih adventure the tricky winger won 8 trophies and scored the winner in a Champions League final. Doesn’t get much better than that.
David Beckham, Manchester United to Real Madrid
In 2003, Madrid were collecting players like a kid with a new sticker book. Real were nicknamed The Galacticos during the presidency of Florentino Pérez due to his annoying habit of trying to buy all the worlds best players.
During Beckhams 4 season stay, Real only managed the league title once, a massive disappointment when you consider the players at their disposal.
Thierry Henry, Arsenal to Barcelona
The classy Frenchmen Henry was an Arsenal legend when a shock transfer secured his services for Barcelona.
It would be fair to say, personally, he never reached the heights he did in London but as a team, the 2009 Barcelona side were breathtaking. The trio of Henry, Eto and Messi scored over 100 goals while Barcelona won an unprecedented 6 trophies.
Michael Owen, Liverpool to Real Madrid
Ballon d’Or winner Owen was an obvious target for The Galacticos. His pace and cunning looked like they could do some damage in La Liga but Owen didn’t get much chance to impress.
His record for Madrid of 16 goals from 26 starts was decent but not enough for Owen to establish himself in Madrid. He signed for Newcastle, and Manchester United after that without ever recreating the form that attracted Madrid in the first place.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona
Some thought Suarez had bitten off more than he could chew (literally and metaphorically) when his move to Barcelona was announced. The Liverpool talisman was in the form of his life when The Catalans came calling, it was only a matter of time before he left the trophy starved Merseysiders.
Suarez swapped taking chunks out of players for taking the mickey out of defenders in the best attacking trio of all time, alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Luka Modric, Tottenham to Real Madrid
Modric’s £30 million transfer to Real Madrid now looks like a bargain. A perfect fit if ever there was one, the Croation playmaker oozes class. After a tricky start under Jose Mourinho, he started to look the part and has never looked back.
His Madrid career continues to be littered with success.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid
Ronaldo was a young, awkward looking but skilful winger when Alex Ferguson got hold of him. When he left for Madrid, he was the best player in the world.
Ferguson was the perfect manager to bring Ronaldo out of his shell and unleash CR7 into the footballing world.
You really don’t need me to tell you what Ronaldo has achieved since moving from The Premier League to La Liga so I’m not going to. I doubt we will ever see a player moving from England to Spain that will achieve the landmarks that Cristiano has.