The Zinedine Zidane era has marked a change of tone in Real Madrid’s transfer dealings and it has led to the Frenchman becoming the cheapest coach to operate alongside club president Florentino Perez.
Under the 70-year-old, Los Blancos became known as the Galacticos with Vicente del Bosque plundering 200 million euros into the market in his first two summers, 2000 and 2001.
Ahead of the Spanish tactician is the 290m euros that Carlo Ancelotti invested on the likes of James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, whereas Jose Mourinho spent 128m euros in his first two campaigns.
Those figures are in stark contrast to the youthful emphasis employed by Zidane, dropping just 4m euros on Marco Asensio, 26m euros on Theo Hernandez, 30m euros on Alvaro Morata, 16.5m euros on Dani Ceballos, and 6m euros on Jesus Vallejo to tally up 82.5m euros overall.
Of course, Real will eventually fork out Vinicius Jr’s transfer fee of 45m euros .
What about the one season wonders?
Zidane is also the record holder under Perez when it comes to his first campaign at 35m euros, where he comes up against a short spells in the dugout.
Enjoying the calendar year of 2005 in the post, Vanderlei Luxemburgo spent a whopping 96m euros only to get sacked, even more than the 74m euros flashed by Rafa Benitez before Zidane took charge.
In addition, the current boss has demanded less cash for transfers than either of the coaches who worked under Ramon Calderon in between Perez’s two spells in charge, Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster.
Other than Zidane, Carlos Queiroz only required 35m euros when signing David Beckham to play alongside the Frenchman, and Perez’s return to the presidency saw Manuel Pellegrini allowed to shell out an incredible 254m euros in 2009.