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From Alves to Marcelo: the 10 greatest winter transfers
Pablo Aimar was presented at Mestalla at the beginning of 2002 and was a key figure during Los Che’s golden era, winning La Liga, two European Super Cups and a Copa del Rey.
A spotty-faced 18-year-old named Marcelo made his Real Madrid debut on 7 January 2007 against Deportivo. Since then he has established himself as one of the world’s greatest left backs.
Back when Atlético Madrid were still a laughing stock in the Spanish capital, a little known Portuguese midfielder called Tiago joined Los Rojiblancos. The club’s fortunes have turned around significantly since then.
A fantastic spell at Parma earned Adriano a move to Inter Milan in 2004. Before going off the rails, the Emperor was a phenomenon for the Nerazzurri, winning two Scudettos, two Cups and three Italian Super Cups.
Sevilla welcomed Ivan Rakitic to the Sánchez Pizjuán in 2011 for €1.5 million. The Croatian was a maestro in midfield for the Andalusians during his three and half seasons at the club.
Barcelona prized Javier Mascherano away from Liverpool in 2007. Having played the role of midfield general under Rafa Benítez, the Argentinean has successfully converted to life as a centre back at the Camp Nou.
Dani Alves joined Sevilla in January 2003. The Brazilian won two UEFA Cups, a European Super Cup title, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup before moving to Barcelona.
David Luiz became a Chelsea player in 2011 and won FA, Europa League and Champions League titles with the Blues.
Liverpool paraded Luis Suárez in front of the press back in 2011. The Uruguayan quickly became one of the Reds all-time greats and eventually earned himself a move to Barcelona.