Best Free Transfer’s 11 Of All Time
1. Edwin Van Der Sar (GK)
Van Der Sar was the first non-Italian goalkeeper for Juventus.
He moved from Ajax to Juventus after his contract expired and helped the team finish runner-ups for two consecutive seasons.
2. Cafu (RB)
Cafu moved to AC Milan from Roma in 2003 on a free transfer.
The Brazilian legend won Seria A, Champions League and the Club World Cup during his time with the Italian giants.
3. Sol Campbell (CB)
One of the most controversial free transfers of all time, Sol Campbell moved from Tottenham to Arsenal in 2001.
Campbell became the most hated player in the white half of North London, but won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal.
4. Phillip Cocu (LB)
The Netherland international held the record for most appearances by a foriegn player for the Catalan giants.
Brought in by Louis Van Gaal, he played for Barcelona 291 times.
5. Andrea Pirlo (DM)
The greatest free transfer of all time, Pirlo was allowed to leave for free by AC Milan in 2011 after his contract expired.
The stylish Italian superstar then joing direct rivals Juventus and re-invented himself becoming one of the most influential midfielder in Europe.
6. Michael Ballack (MC)
Ballack had a very succesful career with Chelsea, where he won 6 major trophies in 4 years and established himself as a club legend.
7. Esteban Cambiasso (MC)
The Argentina international moved from Real Madrid to Inter in 2004 on a free transfer.
He was a key member of the 2010 treble winning Nerazzurri team and won five Scudetti.
8. Steve McManaman (AML)
McManaman switched from Liverpool to Real Madrid on a free transfer.
Liverpool had agreed a £12million deal with Barcelona, but the winger chose Real and went on to win two La Liga titles and two Champions League titles.
9. Gary McAllister (AMR)
McAllister was a veteran playing for Coventry City when Gerard Houllier secured his services for Liverpool.
In a young Liverpool team, the 36 year old added the experience and helped the team win a cup treble, including the UEFA Cup
10. Robert Lewandowski (STR)
Lewandowski was a hot prospect when he switched from Borussia Dortmund to rivals Bayern Munich.
The Polish international has been in sublime form ever since and at the age of just 26 years has a bright future ahead of him.
11. Henrik Larsson (STR)
Larson moved from Celtic to Barcelona in 2004 after spending seven years with the Scottish giants.
He went on to win two La Liga titles, a Spanish Super Cup and was the game changer in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal.