Paris Saint-Germain's transfer business this summer is being hailed as some of the best of all-time as the normally big spending French club have used free transfers to improve their squad.
Lionel Messi is the latest player to join the club this summer without a transfer fee and Rio Ferdinand believes it is better than any other summer window for any club.
Speaking on BT Sport, he said "I think it is the best transfer window of any team. Free transfers galore of top, world class genuine winners and then they've capped it off at the end with someone like Messi."
However, how does PSG's business line up against some of the greatest transfer windows in recent history? Daily Star Sport takes a look…
Paris Saint-Germain – 2021
Even before the arrival of Lionel Messi on Tuesday, PSG's business this summer was already being lauded as some of the best ever as they brought in four players for a combined £54million.
Gianluigi Donnarumma joins from AC Milan off the back of being named player of the tournament as Italy won the Euros, whilst they also Georginio Wijnaldum was plucked from under the noses of long time admirers Barcelona.
World Cup winner Sergio Ramos has also arrived in Paris after 16 years with Real Madrid with all four joining on three transfers.
The only fee spent was on Moroccan full-back Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan as the Parisiens look to win their first Champions League title.
With these signings, the club can now put out a starting line-up featuring players that have won 13 Champions Leagues between them.
Barcelona – 2004
Having finished sixth in La Liga in 2002/03 and being eliminated from the UEFA Cup in the round of 16 by Celtic the following season, Barcelona were at a crossroads in the summer of 2004.
A second place finish in 2003/04 secured a return to the Champions League and allowed the club to bring in seven players, six of which would feature in the Champions League final two years later.
Samuel Eto'o arrived from Mallorca for £23million and Juliano Belletti was signed for £5million from Villarreal, both would go on to score as Barca came from behind to beat Arsenal.
Free signing Henrik Larsson assisted both goals having been snapped up from UEFA Cup conquerors Celtic, whilst Deco, Ludovic Giuly and Edmilson also featured.
Barca also won back to back league titles in 2005 and 2006 off the back of their 2004 summer transfer window.
Inter Milan – 2009
Another club who signed Samuel Eto'o before winning the Champions League was Inter Milan in 2009 as an impressive summer window led to the treble in Jose Mourinho's final season in charge.
Diego Milito, Wesley Sneijder, Thiago Motta, Lucio and Goran Pandev also arrived at the San Siro for a combined £51.5million.
Six of these players started the Champions League final win over Bayern Munich with the suspended Motta the only absentee.
Milito's brace in the final were two of his 30 goals for the club in all competitions as he and Eto'o formed a formidable partnership.
The Argentinian's goals also saw him named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2010 as Inter claimed their 18th Scudetto and third European title.
Chelsea – 2004
Prior to his success in Italy, Mourinho oversaw an impressive summer window following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004.
Fresh off the back of winning the Champions League with Porto, he brought defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira with him for a combined £42million.
Future Chelsea legends Didier Drogba and Petr Cech also arrived as the Blues went on to win back to back Premier League titles to end their 50-year wait for a league title.
Drogba and Cech also won the league again in 2010 and were the heroes when Chelsea won their first Champions League in 2012.
Drogba's late header forced extra-time against Bayern Munich before he slotted the winning spot-kick during the penalty shootout after Cech had saved a penalty from another 2004 signing, Arjen Robben.
Real Madrid – 2009
The only transfer in football history on the same level as Messi's arrival in Paris was that of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid from Manchester United for £80million in 2009.
Add to this the fact that this was the second time Real had broken the world transfer record that summer and that Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema also joined the club in the same window and you have one of the finest windows in history.
Ronaldo went on to score more than a goal a game for Los Blancos in his nine years in Spain as he won four Champions Leagues and four Ballon d'Ors.
Alonso also won the Champions League in 2014 before leaving for Bayern Munich whilst Kaka, who had signed for £57million from AC Milan earlier in the window, showed flashes of brilliance.
Benzema remains at the club today, having scored 279 goals in 559 games for the club, winning 19 trophies in the process.
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Manchester City – 2010
The summer of 2010 was when Manchester City found their feet in the transfer market as their big spending allowed them to bring in four future title winners.
Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov joined for a total cost of £99.5million and helped the club to their first Premier League title in 2012, with Balotelli setting up Sergio Aguero's dramatic title winning goal.
Toure, Silva and Kolarov stayed at the club to win the title again in 2014 as Silva and Toure established themselves as City legends.
They were both a part of the side that won the league once more in 2018 and Silva did the same again a year later.
The Spanish playmaker spent 10 years with City as he racked up over 400 appearances for the club to earn a 10th place spot on the club's all-time record appearance makers list.
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