Blog Talk – Giuseppe Savoldi – the first million pound footballer

From: Back Post

// Most football trivia buffs and historians you ask will tell you that the transfer of Trevor Francis to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1979 was the first million pound deal in football. Famously when a mop haired Francis was presented to the media, Clough insisted he paid £999,999 for the Birmingham forward to avoid heaping too much pressure on his new singing, even though the eventual cost of the deal was closer to £1.2m than £1m when taxes and league fees were included.

However, while Francis can rightly claim to be the first million pound footballer in the UK, the world record for the first seven figure transfer belongs to somebody else.

Giuseppe Savoldi was born on 21 January 1947 in Gorlago, a municipality in the province of Bergamo, a town you can find about 60 kilometers northeast of Milan. Gorlago is a “blink and you could miss it” kind of place with a population of around 5,000 gorlaghesi.

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