It has been another summer of drama for the English Premier League, and as usual money was an important part in the plot. But rather than seeing the biggest names in football mesmerised by Sky TV's millions and the strength of the pound, several stars have shot over to Spain.

Much of this was due to Real Madrid and the spending spree that saw the Spanish club claim Manchester United magician Cristiano Ronaldo for a record-smashing transfer fee of £80m ($160 million), Liverpool midfield maestro Xabi Alonso for £30m ($60 million) and several other leading lights from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.