Steve McManaman, Sol Campbell and the 10 biggest Bosman transfers of all time

Twenty years ago today the face of football changed as Jean-Marc Bosman won a court case allowing footballers to freely move at the end of their contract.

As Bosman took his club, RC Liege, to court over his desire to join Dunkerque, in 1995, the EU ruled that out-of-contract footballers could leave their clubs without them receiving a transfer fee.

Here we look at 10 of the biggest Bosman transfers in the two decades since its introduction…

Steve McManaman

The Liverpool No 7’s departure from Merseyside in 1999 was one of the first examples of the controversy that the Bosman ruling inspired. Fears that the mercurial winger was running down his contract were confirmed when he signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid having rejected numerous opportunities to extend his stay at his hometown club.

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