Chelsea made Pernille Harder the most expensive player in the world when, in September 2020, they paid Wolfsburg £300,000 for the Denmark international, who at the age of 27 was very much considered at her peak. Also considered by many the best player in the world, she arrived in London having won four successive Bundesliga titles and reached two Champions League finals after joining Wolfsburg in 2017.
“Pernille has got a fantastic mentality and one that has put her where she is,” said Chelsea’s manager Emma Hayes. “It’s important to note that we, as a football club, can’t take any of the credit for this. What I know about the best – and I have coached a lot of top players in my career – is that they have unbelievable attention to detail. The best always do it on training pitch, day-in, day-out, and Pernille is exceptional in training. The goals she has contributed, the assists and the involvement she has in creating our goals have been unbelievable.”