5 Players Who Earned Transfers After Starring at World Cup

5 Players Who Earned Transfers After Starring at World Cup

  • World Cup star Enzo Fernandez has officially become the most expensive signing in the history of the Premier League
  • The Argentine midfielder played a crucial role to help La Albiceste to win the World Cup in Qatar
  • He has followed in the footsteps of great footballers who signed fat contracts after starring at the World Cup

Newly signed Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez is the newest player to use the World Cup to announce himself to football fans.

The 22-year-old sealed a Premier League record deal to join Chelsea following his stellar performances in Qatar.

The World Cup winner secured his stunning move to Stamford Bridge just six months after joining Benfica from River Plate for a paltry £10m.

Enzo Fernandez, Asamoah Gyan, James Rodriguez
Here is a look at 5 players who made a move after lighting up the biggest international stage. Credit: @ghanaballers
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According to The Sun, the Blues splashed a British transfer record fee of £107million to land the Benfica ace during the January window.

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Here are 5 players who made a big-money move after lighting up the biggest international stage.

Asamoah Gyan

Gyan will surely go down as one of the greatest players in Ghanaian footballing history.

The former Udinese forward is the record goal scorer for the Black Stars, with three of his goals coming during the 2010 edition of the Mundial in South Africa.

In fact, Gyan could have had better goalscoring numbers had he converted from the spot in Ghana's infamous encounter against South American giants Uruguay in the quarterfinals.

Despite the heartache, Gyan impressed Sunderland with his great displays, as the Black Cats splashed a club record of £13m to secure his services.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez came out of nowhere to become the shiniest star at the Mundial in 2014. The Colombian superstar was the top scorer at the World Cup with six goals.

But what caught the attention of the football world, especially Fiorentino Perez, was his cracking goal against Uruguay in the round of 16.

It’s no wonder Real Madrid forked £63million to sign the left-footed playmaker from AS Monaco.

Fabio Cannavaro

The legendary defender was always expected to say goodbye to Juventus after the Calciopoli scandal saw the club demoted to division two.

He turned his attention to Italy’s 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany. His superlative performances for the Azzurri's in defence saw Marcelo Lippi's side clinch the tournament.

He was later named the Ballon d'Or and FIFA Player of the Year winner that year. That made Real Madrid his natural next port of call.

Mesut Ozil

The footballing world took notice of Ozil's playmaking skills and stunning skills for Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa despite making over 100 appearances in the Bundesliga for Schalke 04.

A few weeks after shinning at the Mundial, Ozil joined Spanish giants Real Madrid, becoming the seventh German player to do so.

He notched 27 goals and provided 80 assists in 159 matches during his three-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sami Khedira

Just like Ozil, Khedira announced himself to the world during the 2010 World Cup. He was already impressive in the Bundesliga, helping Stuttgart to surprisingly win the 2006-07 league title.

But his performance at the biggest football competition caught the eyes of Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid, who secured his signature.

How Chelsea is avoiding breaching FFP rules

Sports Brief also reported on how Chelsea has somehow avoided punishment from FIFA despite their massive spending.

Mudryk's deal is believed to have been spread across eight years, with Chelsea paying instalments of slightly over 10 million euros each year through a process known as amortization.

This helps the club only record an outward investment of 10 million every year, rather than trying to balance the whole amount at once, which would be difficult. This also explains the bizarre length of the contract given to Mudryk.

For Enzo, the fact that Chelsea will pay Benfica an initial fee of 40 million euros. The rest of the money is expected to be spread in different financial years.

Source: SportsBrief.com