The £ 12 million relocations of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United in 2003 was named Sky Sports’ greatest Premier League transfer of all time.
When he arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese winger was only 18 years of age and initially struggled to adjust to the Premier League. But Ronaldo became a celebrity during his tenure at United, winning three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the 2008 Ballon d’Or.
After moving to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will go on to continue his climb to the top of world football, but his arrival at United is the biggest movie ever to the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports’ Transfer Display curated the list with Cristiano Ronaldo just piping Thierry Henry’s Juventus switch to Arsenal and Eric Cantona’s leap to the top spot from Leeds to Man United.
The move of Roy Keane to Man United from Nottingham Forest was fifth on the list, with the transition from West Ham to Chelsea by current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard rounding out the top five.
Some of the more recent moves included the respective transfers of Mo Salah and Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool as well as the transfer of N’Golo Kante to Leicester City, but the top spot was taken by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sky Sports’ top 20 list can be found below.
20. Petr Cech (Rennes to Chelsea)
19. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City)
18. Eden Hazard (Lille to Chelsea)
17. Patrick Vieira (AC Milan to Arsenal)
16. David Silva (Valencia to Manchester City)
15. Gianfranco Zola (Parma to Chelsea)
14. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool)
13. Dennis Bergkamp (Inter Milan to Arsenal)
12. N’Golo Kante (Caen to Leicester City)
11. Mohamed Salah (Roma to Liverpool)
10. Alan Shearer (Blackburn to Newcastle United)
9. Vincent Kompany (Hamburg to Manchester City)
8. Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United)
7. Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal)
6. Didier Drogba (Marseille to Chelsea)
5. Roy Keane (Nottingham Forest to Manchester United)
4. Frank Lampard (West Ham to Chelsea)
3. Eric Cantona (Leeds to Manchester United)
2. Thierry Henry (Juventus to Arsenal)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting CP to Manchester United)