Happy 32nd Birthday, Kaka!
If there are two things we know about infamous TV presenter Tiziano Crudeli, they are this: He is an AC Milan fanatic, and he’s not afraid to show it.
Case in point: Crudeli went absolutely nuts after Kaka scored his 100th goal for Milan today. Someone get this guy an inhaler:
Never change, Crudeli. Never change.
Even some of the greatest players in the world are made to look like fools at times.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Alessandro Nesta and many more are given a some footballing lessons by their fellow greats. Nutmegs, rainbows, cuts and flicks are just a small part of the arsenal these players use to trick their illustrious opponents. Sit back, relax and enjoy watching these seemingly untouchable soccer stars get taken to school.
According to the Daily Mail, Bale will pay landlord Kaka £10,000 ($16,000) per month to rent his mansion, which is valued at £6.5 million ($10.4 million). The two-story, four-bedroom house includes a gym, indoor pool, two utility rooms, several terraces and a six-car garage, a perfect space for stash all that cash.
Bale’s neighbors will include Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos. Cristiano Ronaldo also lives in the neighborhood, but he is reportedly trying to sell his $7 million mansion.
Hmm, wonder why.
While it might seem that the transfer fees teams pay for players increase on a yearly basis, the truth is a bit more complicated. As the saying goes, a dollar today just doesn’t get you as far as it used to.
With that in mind, Forbes Magazine recently published a list of the most expensive transfer fees in history, adjusted for inflation. Essentially, a dollar on any given day in the past isn’t necessarily worth as much as a dollar today, as the cost of goods, services, and well, soccer players, constantly shift.
Here are the top 10 transfer fees in soccer history, adjusted for inflation:
Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), from Manchester United to Real Madrid
Original Fee: $130 million, Adjusted for inflation: $141 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2009), from Inter Milan to Barcelona
Original Fee: $94 million, Adjusted for inflation: $102 million
Kaka (2009), from: AC Milan to Real Madrid
Original Fee: $90 million, Adjusted for inflation: $98 million
Zinedine Zidane (2001), from Juventus to Real Madrid
Original Fee: $65 million, Adjusted for inflation: $85 million
Fernando Torres (2011). from Liverpool to Chelsea
Original Fee: $79 million, Adjusted for inflation: $81 million
Hernan Crespo (2000), from Parma to Lazio
Original Fee: $60 million, Adjusted for inflation: $81 million
Radamel Falcao (2013), from Atletico Madrid to Monaco
Original Fee: $77 million, Adjusted for inflation: $77 million
Luis Figo (2000), from Barcelona to Real Madrid
Original Fee: $56 million, Adjusted for inflation: $76 million
Neymar (2013), from Santos to Barcelona
Original Fee: $74 million, Adjusted for inflation: $74 million
Andriy Shevchenko (2006), from AC Milan to Chelsea
Original Fee: $58 million, Adjusted for inflation: $66 million
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Lots of LA Galaxy fans will be hoping to see a lot more of this next season: Kaka with a wonderful goal for Real Madrid Tuesday against Ajax.
But be warned LA, goals like that might draw more teams into the race for the former World Player of the Year’s signature come next season.