Croatian defender Josko Gvardiolvictim of the dribble Lionel Messi in it World Cup Qatar 2022was bought by him manchester city a change of €100 million and it became The most expensive defender in history.
The 21-year-old defender was attracting the attention of the best clubs in the world, not only for what he had done with his team, but also for what he showed in RB Leipzig.
One of the most interested clubs was Manchester City, which offered 85 million euros plus another 15 in variables to keep the defender’s card. The Croatian will sign a five-year contract and will receive around 9 million euros per season.
Manchester City paid €100M for the 21-year-old Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol, whose waist was broken at the WORLD CUP by THE GOAT LIONEL MESSI 🐐🇦🇷 at the age of 35 #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/8bEX8VatUA
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With the amount Manchester City paid, The Croatian became the most expensive defender in history. Until then, who had that record was Harry Maguirewho was bought by Manchester United in 2019 in exchange for 87 million euros.
On the other hand, it also represents the second most expensive purchase in the history of the team led by Pep Guardiola. Ahead of him is the Englishman Jack Grealish (117.5 million euros).
Gvardiol made his professional debut at Dinamo Zagreb and then changed teams to Leipzig in June 2021 for 19 million euros. It was there where they stood out: He played 87 games, scored five goals and won two German Cups.