Quiz! Can you name the 25 biggest-spending clubs of the 2020s so far?

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Real Madrid shocked the world – and rivals – to bring Luis Figo to the Bernabeu for a world record fee on this day 23 years ago. It was a ludicrous amount of money, topped not long after when £45 million was splashed on Zinedine Zidane. 

Los Blancos were in a league with themselves when it came to transfer outlay in the noughties. Kaka was signed for around £10m more than Zizou before Cristiano Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer on Earth. A few years later, Real would hand that title to Gareth Bale. 

And yet, Real Madrid aren't in the top 25 biggest-spending clubs of the current decade. Preparing to sign superstars before they're valued at those exorbitant fees – like Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni – or signing superstars on freebies – see David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger – it's a change of pace for a club who set the bar when it came to the transfer market.

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Mark White
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Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.