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The 10 Biggest Player Unveilings Of All Time

The 10 Biggest Player Unveilings Of All Time

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by Marshall Gouts

Jun 19, 2019 12:31 PM

Tags: Real Madrid Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Diego Maradona Zlatan Ibrahimovic Neymar Kaka Eden Hazard Fernando Torres Carlos Tevez James Rodriguez David Villa

With Eden Hazard being unveiled in front of 50 000 Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu recently, here are the 10 superstars who had the largest crowds at their presentations for their clubs.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 10 stars who drew the biggest crowds for their unveilings, according to AS!

The Belgian superstar became Los Blancos' second most expensive signing ever after signing a five-year contract for a reported fee of €100 million (R1.7 billion), plus another €50 million (R811 million) in add-ons.

The four-time Chelsea Player of the Year forms part of a star-studded list of Premier League players Real have acquired over the years.

While Hazard is Los Blancos' biggest "galactico" since the Spanish giants' club-record signing of Gareth Bale in 2013, the 28-year-old comes in at sixth position in the ranking of the 10 biggest player unveilings of all time, according to AS.

The list is dominated by Spanish giants Real and FC Barcelona, with a total of seven entries between the LaLiga duo.

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At the summit of the ranking is five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal international joined Real from Manchester United in 2009, and his unveiling drew a staggering 75 000 people.

Second to Ronaldo is Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who went on to become a cult hero in Naples after his glorious seven-year spell with Serie A outfit Napoli.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup winner was presented to 65 000 adoring Neapolitan fans, which stood as a record for more than two decades until Ronaldo joined Los Blancos.

Read: The Highest-Paid Real Stars After Hazard Signing

The final position on the podium is occupied by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined the Blaugrana from Inter Milan in a player-plus-cash deal involving African legend Samuel Eto'o in 2009, and his unveiling at the Camp Nou drew a 60 000-strong crowd.

Other players in the top 10 include the world's most expensive player Neymar, Fernando Torres and James Rodriguez – click through the gallery above to see them all!

Who had the most memorable player unveiling of all time? Is there any player you think will break Ronaldo's record in the years to come? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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