As Manchester City sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £50 million, we take a look at he top 5 right-backs in the world from the past decade for who could have easily cost any interested a whooping £50 million in today’s crazy transfer market.
Maicon to Inter (£4.8 million)
Maicon joined Inter in 2006 from Monaco for just £4.8 million and spent six seasons with the Italian giants. During this stint with the San Siro outfit, the Brazilian international showed some of his best football and was easily one of the better right-backs of that time.
Maicon was eventually sold off to Manchester City in 2012 but by that time he had won four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia and one UEFA Champions League title to his name.
Hector Bellerin to Arsenal(Academy transfer)
Bellerin came to Arsenal as a 16-year-old boy from the La Masai academy. And since then, he has lived up to that Barcelona tag and is currently one of the best right-backs in the world. So much so that the Catalan giants are trying desperately to bring him back to Camp Nou.
While the La Liga giants might today be willing to pay a bag full of money for the Spaniard but back in 2011, Wenger bought him for the price of nothing.
Antonio Valencia to Man Utd(£16 million)
Valencia move to Old Stratford as a right winger and so technically he should not be on this list. However, Valencia is currently one of the best right-back in England, if not the world.
After spending a number of seasons as a winger, the Ecuadorian international has perfectly adapted himself as per the needs of his manager and his team. A total team choice right-back and is perhaps the of his kind.
Dani Alves to Barcelona( £30 million)
It is probably because former Barcelona man that Guardiola was forced to pay £50 million for Kyle Walker. And Alves is also one of the reasons why we are writing this article.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona in 2008 from Sevilla for a fee of £30 million (£7 million in add on) and went on to spend eight successful seasons with the La Liga giants. During his eight stint with Barca, Alves managed to win every possible silverware that the Nou Camp outfit became eligible for. And eventually, he left Nou Camp to join Juventus in 2016 after winning 23 trophies.
Dani Carvajal to Real Madrid( €6.5 million)
Carvajal was basically a Real Madrid youth team product who was sold to Bayern Leverkusen in 2012 for €5 million. But thankfully the Madrid management knew what he was capable of and decided to include a buy-back clause in the contract.
And at the end of his very first season in Germany, the Spaniard was voted the third best right-back in the world. This can’t Real Madrid’s eye and the club immediately brought him back to the Bernabeu by triggering the buy-back clause. And ever since then Carvajal has been an impressive figure in Spain registering 100 appearances for the club.