It is not always a disaster when a club sells their best player. That money can be used to strengthen in more than one position and make the side stronger overall. When a Hero dies, a new one is born. Here are five clubs who remained stronger after selling their best player.
5. AC Milan – Kaka
Paolo Maldini’s retirement and Kaka’s €65m move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 left AC Milan in wonders. Thiago Silva and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were among those to arrive ahead of the season, and Milan managed their 3rd place finish in Serie A from the previous season. It got even better in the 2010/11 season as they won the Serie A title, proving there was certainly life after Kaka and Maldini.
4. Southampton – Everyone
Few teams have been as successful as Southampton in recent years at constantly replacing their star players. Ahead of the 2014/15 season, Lambert, Shaw, Lallana, Lovren, and Chambers left the club. But the recruitment was excellent with Mané, Tadic, Forster, Pelle and Bertrand on top.
2016, Mane left but the club stood still. When Van Dijk followed Sadio Mane, Southampton almost relegated, but the Saints stood still.
3. Atletico Madrid – Radamel Falcao
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Radamel Falcao had been Atletico Madrid’s top scorer for the two seasons before his sale in 2013. But in their first season after his departure, Diego Simeone led the club to their first La Liga title in eighteen years.
Falcao was sold to Monaco for €60m, but Diego Costa, Toby and David Villa stepped up in his absence. As well as domestic success, Atletico also reached the final of the Champions League to mark an incredible season in Falcao’s absence.