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Premier League v Serie A: The players
Top 10 transfers

Both leagues boast a fantastic array of talent.

Starring in Serie A: Kaka, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro del Piero and England's money-spinning export David Beckham, to name just a few.

Starring in the Premier League: World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Robinho and now Andrey Arshavin.

When it comes to spending power and attracting players the two leagues, along with Spain's Primera Liga, have had attracted the cream of the world's talent for as long as most of us can remember.

Eight of the top 10 biggest transfers of all time have involved players going to English and Italian clubs.

Serie A's four big transfers all happened between 1999 and 2001, with a total spend of 130.7m, while the Premier League's top four deals have all taken place since 2002, with a total spend of 123.1m. So, does money talk?

Not necessarily. As Kaka proved when he turned down a lucrative move to Manchester City to stay at AC Milan, there are players who are still more attracted to success than megabucks.