When it comes to football, as it is with most things, change is incessant. Ideologies regarding game-play have evolved over time along with the economics involved. As the love of the sport transcends geopolitical boundaries, football has become an industry in itself.
To put the matter into perspective, in 1992, Jean Pierre-Papin became the world’s first £10 million footballer while in 2014, Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid for an estimated £104 million.
In this era of football, bargain purchases are rare.
In his 26 year stint at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson made a number of bargain signings who proved that the Scotsman possessed guile in the transfer market like none other.
Going down memory lane, EssentiallySports brings to you the 11 best bargain purchases under Sir Alex’s reign, as per position.
Described as ‘the bargain of the century’ by Sir Alex himself, the Great Dane edges out Edwin van der Sar as the keeper in this Bargain XI. Signed for a mere £505,000 from Norwegian club Brondby, the shot-stopper starred for Manchester United with 398 appearances in a trophy laden period between 1991 and 1999.
The pinnacle of his career was captaining the side to European glory as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich to lift the Champions League. His celebratory cartwheel on the occasion shall remain etched in United memory.
In an poll conducted by Reuters, Schmeichel was voted to be the Best Goalkeeper in history, beating the likes of Dino Zoff, Lev Yashin, and Gordon Banks. The IFFHS has ranked Schmeichel among the top ten keepers of the 20th century. The 6’3 foot, 105 kg dominating goalie was a Manchester United stalwart.