PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have broken the bank to sign Neymar.
The French giants parted with an unimaginable £198million to ensure the Brazilian joined from Barcelona.
So, have their chances of success significantly increased?
History will show that success does not immediately follow the world’s most expensive footballer.
Only ONE of the last 12 men to earn the tag as the planet’s costliest player won a league title in their first season — stretching all the way back to 1992.
Neymar will fancy his chances of breaking that run due to his undisputable talent and the fact PSG’s title rivals have been decimated after being forced to sell their top assets.
Let’s take a look back at all the world record transfers since Gianluigi Lentini moved to AC Milan for £13m, and won the 1992-93 Serie A title.
1996 — Ronaldo: PSV Eindhoven to Barcelona, £13.2m
The Brazilian was just 19 when he became the most-expensive player in the world under Sir Bobby Robson.
On an individual level, he enjoyed a brilliant winner, netting 34 La Liga goals as well as the winner in the Cup Winners’ Cup final — and won Spanish Super Cup and Copa del Rey medals.
However, despite netting a staggering 102 times in the league, Barcelona finished the season second to Real Madrid.
1996 — Alan Shearer: Blackburn to Newcastle, £15m
A really romantic story but, ultimately, one without a happy ending.
Just weeks after Ronaldo joined PSV, Newcastle beat off competition from some of the game’s best sides to sign Shearer.
But he would never win a major trophy with his boyhood club.
1997 — Ronaldo: Barcelona to Inter Milan, £19.5m
Just year later, Ronaldo’s transfer broke the world record once again— and he again failed to land a title.
The Ballon d’Or-winner was named Serie A Player of the Year after an incredible debut campaign saw him net 25 goals in a league notorious for its defensive brilliance.
But, thanks largely in part to refereeing decisions so bad they were even debated in parliament, Inter were pipped to the title by Juventus.
1998 — Denilson: Sao Paulo to Real Betis, £21.5m
Big things were expected of a player who had starred at the Copa CONMEBOL at the age of 17.
Real Betis took a massive punt, but his first season yielded just two goals — and just a year later, they were relegated.
In his final season, they won the Copa del Rey and qualified for the Champions League, but he was no more than a fringe player.
1999 — Christian Vieri: Lazio to Inter Milan, £32m
A fantastic striker who doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he only stayed at one club for longer than a season once in his entire career.
Marcello Lippi convinced Inter to break the bank for him, having enjoyed a season with the journeyman forward at Juventus two years earlier.
The Nerazzurri finished the season in fourth place and he would play a huge role in blowing the title on the final day of the season just two years later.
2000 — Hernan Crespo: Parma to Lazio, £35.5m
All the money was now in Italian football — and champions Lazio thought they secured a second successive title when they spent the Vieri money on the free-scoring Argentinian.
Crespo finished the season as top goal scorer with 26 goals as the Biancocelesti finished third.
He would leave just a year later as the Roman side’s rapid decline took charge.
2000 — Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid, £37m
The most controversial transfer in football history.
Florentino Perez promised he would sign the Portuguese star if he was elected — and Figo’s move prompted scenes the likes of which have never been seen.
He received a police escort to the stadium and the Nou Camp jeers produced a noise louder than in any of the city’s night club’s that night.
But Los Blancos’ new No 10 did win the title in his first season.
2001 — Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid, £46m
It’s difficult to gage if this truly was a success or not.
Zidane won the Champions League — literally, as he scored the winner — in his first season, and La Liga in his second.
But, it would be just two major trophies in six years at the club.
2009 — Kaka: AC Milan to Real Madrid, £56m
Rejected the chance to join Manchester City for £107m in January of that year.
And Real Madrid thought they were signing one of the best players on the planet in Kaka.
However, injuries had started to take their toll and he rarely showed his best.
2009 — Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80m
An undoubted success — but the trophies have only really flooded in in recent seasons.
Ronaldo’s first two years at the club yielded just a Copa del Rey, with the Portuguese superstar netting the winner.
But since then, he has won the Ballon d’Or award and the Champions League three times each.
2013 — Gareth Bale: Tottenham to Real Madrid, £86m
Real Madrid’s fifth straight world record transfer and, pro rata, Bale has surely been the most successful in history.
Winners in the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals in his maiden season made him an instant hit.
However, despite significantly adding to his medal haul in recent campaigns, injuries have taken their toll and he isn’t even guaranteed a starting place.
2016 — Paul Pogba: Juventus to Manchester United, £89m
The midfielder returned to Old Trafford four years after having been allowed to leave for nothing.
And, in his first season back, he seriously struggled to show why United had splashed out so much.
Pogba claimed EFL Cup and Europa League medals — scoring the opener in the latter final — but finished the league campaign in lowly sixth-place.
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