Alexis Sanchez to Lionel Messi - The most memorable player announcements done by clubs

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In the era of social media, player announcements by clubs are no more dull activities but are full of innovations.

The clubs, whether they ply in top divisions or the lower leagues, try to outdo each other when it comes to making an announcement of a big name.

From Alexis Sanchez playing Manchester United's famous theme song on the piano to a drone unveiling Lionel Messi at PSG, we have seen some of the best transfer announcements by the top European sides.

In 2019, Italian club AS Roma started a Missing Children Campaign through their transfer announcement videos where the club, with each player announcement, released a video featuring the faces and details of a number of children who went missing.

Seven missing children have been found so far thanks to this incredible campaign launched by the Serie A side.

Let us take a look at some innovative transfer announcements.

  • Santi Cazorla

    Club: Villarreal

    Date: August 10, 2018

    In a weird yet wonderful manner, Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was unveiled by Villarreal in 2018. At the Estadio de la Ceramica, a glass tube was kept and Cazorla suddenly appeared inside the tube amidst a plume of smoke which appeared to be like magic, thus indicating that a magician has appeared at the LaLiga club.

  • Alexis Sanchez

    Club: Manchester United

    Year: January 22, 2018

    Alexis Sanchez was unveiled by Manchester United in 2018 in a unique manner where the Chilean was seen playing the club's theme song 'Glory Glory Man United' on a piano and then stepping inside the Old Trafford pitch wearing the club's jersey.

  • Lionel Messi

    Club: PSG

    Date: August 11, 2021

    The most talked-about transfer in 2021 was Lionel Messi joining PSG from FC Barcelona. The French club left no stones unturned to unveil the Argentine at the club and they chose to do so with a drone which was seen in the announcement video. The drone took a tour of the entire club and lastly showed Lionel Messi at the centre of the pitch wearing PSG kit.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Club: Manchester United

    Date: June 30, 2016

    Clubs do not announce Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signing. Zlatan himself announces his arrival at a club even if it is one of the biggest clubs in the world Manchester United. When the Swedish legend joined the Red Devils, it was he who announced the transfer and not the other way round.

  • Mohamed Salah

    Club: Liverpool

    Date: June 23, 2017

    One of Liverpool's finest signings of the 21st century, Mohamed Salah was announced in 2017. In the video, the Egyptian maestro was seen scrolling through his Twitter feed and going through the fans' desperate pleas to the club to announce Salah's signing officially. The player then closed the feed and himself announced his arrival at the club.

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    Gokhan Inler

    Club: Napoli

    Date: July 11, 2011

    In a bizarre manner, Serie A giants Napoli announced the arrival of Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler in 2011 where the player wore a 'lion mask' at the club's press conference.

  • Matt Doherty

    Club: Tottenham Hotspur

    Year: August 30, 2020

    What happens when a player supports a particular club but ends up joining their bitter rivals? Well, Irish full-back Matt Doherty faced such a conundrum when he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2020 despite him being an admirer of Arsenal. In their announcement video, Spurs made Doherty delete his previous tweets where he had professed his love for their rivals Arsenal.

  • Rafael da Silva

    Club: Istanbul Basaksehir

    Date: September 8, 2020

    Istanbul Basaksehir came up with the idea of using the famous kids show 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' as reference while announcing the signing of former Manchester United full-back Rafael da Silva because of his name. The character Raphael was one of the four protagonists of the comic book.

  • Lucas Perez

    Club: West Ham United

    Date: August 9, 2018

    In a beautiful amalgamation of 'real' and 'reel', West Ham United announced the arrival of Lucas Perez. In the video, the Spaniard was seen selecting his Fantasy Premier League team where he chose himself in West Ham's fantasy team which indicated his arrival at the London-based club.

  • Oscar Gobern

    Club: Yeovil Town FC

    Date: December 1, 2017

    English National League side Yeovil Town FC found an innovative way to announce Oscar Gobern's signing in 2017. Their announcement video showed the club swiping left to some of the biggest names of world football on the Tinder app but eventually swiped right to Oscar Gobern which indicated a match (just like on Tinder).