Messi, Benzema, and 3 Other Players Who Made Surprise Moves This Summer
The summer transfer window is a highly anticipated time for football fans worldwide, as clubs have the opportunity to strengthen their squads with new signings. Sometimes, these transfers can come as a surprise and leave everyone astonished.
With Lionel Messi already trending for deciding to move to the MLS, below are five of the most surprising transfers of this summer so far:
5. Joselu’s Unexpected Move to Real Madrid
Joselu, a Spanish striker, has made an unexpected move to Real Madrid. At 33 years old, he had previously played for various clubs in Germany, including Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Hannover 96. Despite not having significant success at previous clubs like Stoke City and Newcastle United, Joselu showcased his abilities as the top scorer for Espanyol, even though the team got relegated this season. Real Madrid has decided to sign the veteran striker, recognizing his contributions to the Spanish national team and his skills as a super-sub.
4. Youri Tielemans Joins Aston Villa
Youri Tielemans, a talented Belgian midfielder, has joined Aston Villa as a free agent. This transfer comes as a surprise since Tielemans was previously linked with top-six Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United. However, these clubs no longer pursued him after Leicester City’s relegation and underwhelming season.
3. Ruben Neves Signs with Al-Hilal
Ruben Neves has shocked everyone with his move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal after his club Wolves agreed to a €55m deal with the Saudi club. Neves had been linked with top clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, and Arsenal, showcasing his potential to play in the Champions League. However, he has accepted a five-year deal with Al-Hilal, surprising football fans worldwide.
2. Karim Benzema Leaves Real Madrid for Al-Ittihad
Karim Benzema, who won the Ballon d’Or last year and had an impressive season at Real Madrid, has decided not to sign a further year with the club after 14 years. Instead, he joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad on a three-year transfer deal worth over €100 million. This unexpected move surprised many, considering his recent success and ability to perform at the highest level.
1. Lionel Messi’s Move to Inter Miami
Lionel Messi, one of football’s greatest players, surprised everyone by transferring to Inter Miami, a struggling MLS side co-owned by David Beckham. After leading Argentina to World Cup glory and playing a crucial role in Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 triumph, Messi was expected to continue playing for a team in the Champions League. However, his decision to join Inter Miami came as a shock to many.
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