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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David Luiz became a Chelsea player in 2011 and won FA, Europa League and Champions League titles with the Blues.

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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.

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Real Madrid scooped a rare bargain in January 2007 when they struck a deal with River Plate to sign Gonzalo Higuaín for €11 million.

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