BR - The year 2009 will be remembered as the year in which the global financial markets spiraled downward into the depths of doom, triggering the Great Recession, the effects of which can still be felt today (C'mon Greece). But in world football, the summer of '09 will be remembered for the shattering of the transfer fee world records. CR7, Ibra, and Kaka' (see above) together cost a whopping €234,500,000, making them the first, third and fourth most expensive players in history. While the Dow Jones was at 9069.29, and U.S unemployment was roughly 8%, the two Iberian clubs splashed $300,000,000 in the transfer window. Factor in the rest of the world's soccer clubs, and you get a figure that is more than the GDP of small developing countries.