10 Most Expensive Footballers In Football History

 10 Most Expensive Footballers In Football History

We’ve seen some huge transfer fees paid for footballers over the years, looking back, some were a tab outrageous.

It looks like transfer fees are on the rise with records not standing for more than two years before they are broken.

In light of this, we take a look at the top seven most expensive transfer fees ever paid for a footballer:

1.Neymar – Barcelona to PSG – £198m – 2017

Neymar’s move to PSG in the summer of 2017 smashed all records before it. It is barely a believable fee but Neymar more than doubled the world record when he moved to PSG from Barcelona. Easily the world’s biggest football transfer of all-time and, when you factor in wages and bonuses, it comes in at around half a billion U.S. dollars.

2. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG – £160m – 2018

The France teenager burst onto the scene with Monaco and, after one incredible season, PSG agreed a year-long loan deal which became permanent for a fee of €180m on July 1. Still only 19, Mbappe is arguably the world’s best player under the age of 21.

3. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona – £105m – 2018

After starring for Liverpool, Coutinho made it clear that he wanted a move to Camp Nou and eventually got it. He joined for a fee of £105m which could reach as much as £142m with add-ons.

4. Ousmane Dembele – Dortmund to Barcelona – £96.8m – 2017

Dembele’s fee has add-ons which could see the fee rise by 40 per cent — taking the deal to a potential €147m. Incredible given the teenager was snapped up for a tiny fee from Rennes only a year earlier.

5. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United – £89.3m – 2016

Manchester United paid a then world record fee to land the France midfielder from Juventus but it didn’t last very long as Neymar’s deal eclipsed all before it. Not a bad investment given Juve signed him for around £500,000 from United in 2012.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus – £88m – 2018

Only Ronaldo, and possibly Messi if he ever leaves Barcelona, could command a €100m fee with only a few years of his career left. One of the greatest of all time shocked the world when he chose to leave Real Madrid and settle in Turin.

7. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid – £85.3m – 2013

Bale’s record lasted all of three years as he was sold from Tottenham to the same club who already held the record.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo – Man United to Real Madrid – £80m – 2009

One of the world’s greatest ever players was a massive coup for Real Madrid nine years ago, but his transfer fee seems small by comparison now.

9. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus – £75.3m – 2016

Higuain was linked to a host of top clubs in Europe and eventually signed for the Serie A champions, which annoyed Napoli quite significantly.

10. Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United – £75m – 2017

Jose Mourinho sold Lukaku when he was at Chelsea but chose to bring the Everton striker in last summer.

10. Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona – £75m – 2014

After a summer where he landed a nine-match ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez moved to Spain to join up with Barcelona.

10. Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool – £75m – 2018

The world’s most expensive defender figures on this list, with Liverpool splashing some serious cash after the sale of Coutinho.

Sir Ariez


Waheed Ade Akinleye known as "Sir Ariez" is a blogger/CEO at Ariezblog.com & Affiliates. He's also a content writer, digital marketer and serial entrepreneur.

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