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5 Largest Crowds Present at Player Unveilings

Eden Hazard recently completed his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea, and the club unveiled him at the Santiago Bernabeu in front of their rabid fans. There was a sizeable crowd to see the Belgian.


In fact, the 50,000 fans that showed up for his unveiling was the sixth highest attendance ever in the game's history for a player unveiling. Here are the five largest crowds present for player unveilings in football:

5. Kaka - 55,000 Fans

When Kaka moved to Real Madrid from AC Milan in 2009, he was one of the most in-form players in world football. Although the Brazilian did not want to move, the price of £56 million was too much for the Italian club to let go. 


For the attacking midfielder's unveiling, a massive 55,000 fans came to see the player. It was unfortunate that his stay did not go as well as was hoped as injury problems saw him eventually leave Real to return to Milan. 

4. Neymar - 57,000 Fans

When Neymar moved to Barcelona from Santos, he was already ripping apart defences with his goals in the Brazilian league and was scoring freely for the national team as well. 


When he moved in 2013, as many as 57,000 fans showed up for his unveiling. Neymar had a fruitful time with the Blaugrana, winning a couple of La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the Champions League, before he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 60,000 Fans

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved around a lot in his career so far, with one of his stops being Barcelona. The Spanish club brought in Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan for £59 million plus Samuel Eto'o, but the latter turned out to be the better player of the move. 


The Swedish striker only lasted one season with the Blaugrana, but when he was first unveiled, as many as 60,000 fans showed up to welcome him to the club.

2. Diego Maradona - 75,000 Fans

When Argentina legend Diego Maradona moved to Napoli, it was the greatest move for the Italian club. Maradona moved to Italy after two years in Barcelona, and as many as 75,000 fans came to Stadio San Paolo for his unveiling. 


The Argentina star went on to help the team win two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup, which were their only pieces of major silverware till they won the Coppa Italia in the 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 80,000 Fans

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 in the same summer that Kaka made his move from AC Milan. 


The Portuguese star had already made a huge name at the English club and had won the Ballon d'Or in 2008. His signing was meant to indicate that Real were back to their imperious best in terms of attracting Galacticos to the club. 


A mammoth 80,000 fans showed up for Ronaldo's unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Five largest crowds at football players unveilings