In today’s top ten, we’re bringing you a list of clubs that sold their best player, but became a better side in the seasons that followed.
Both Milan clubs feature, with Inter winning the treble after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left and AC getting their hands on a Scudetto after Kaka left for a world record fee. Lille have made a habit of selling top players but always challenging at the right end of Ligue 1, whilst Sporting sold Bruno Fernandes but might win their first title in 18 years this season. Napoli kept getting stronger despite selling Gonzalo Higuain to the only team in Italy better than them, and Atletico Madrid have basically had a revolving door of world class strikers since 2005.
In the Premier League, Arsenal put up a title challenge after Thierry Henry left, whilst Ruud van Nistelrooy’s departure from Manchester United paved the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to become the leading man at Old Trafford. There’s also Leicester, who in recent years have sold both Riyad Mahrez and Harry Maguire, yet are on course for their best league finish since their Champion season in 2015/16, and Liverpool have Philippe Coutinho to thank for their recent successes. Turns out £105M can contribute to a lot of new talent.
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