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50 Most Expensive Football Player Transfers Of All Time

Neymar Jr’s transfer to Paris Saint Germain has broke all kinds of financial records in footall as PSG bought him from FC Barcelona for a record $222 million (£198 million) more than double of what Manchester United’s paid for Paul Pogba (£89 million) back in 2016. Previous record transfers are a distant memories now as Neymar world record transfer set the bechmark for years to come. We breakdown most expensive football transfers of all times.

Most Expensive football Transfers ever

Top 35 Most Expensive Transfers of All Times

If we take a deeper look into the 35 most expensive transfer you can see that of the top 10 most expensive transfers 9 happened since 2013 while 27 of the top 35 transfers are also after 2013. Real Madrid bought Gareth Bale for record breaking £85 million back in 2013 which overtook Ronaldo’s Real Madrid which was followed by United’s Pogba transfer at £89 million. But PSG paid Neymar Jr’s full release clause (£198 million) in one go to lure the Brazilian to France.

Update: Neymar’s transfer to Paris Saint Germain on technically free transfer became the most expensive player ever signed by a fotball club. PSG paid £198m to Neymar who handed it to Barcelona to buy-out his contract. Neymar’s transfer is now the most expensive ever ahead of Manchester United’ Paul Pogba world-record transfer where United paid £89 million(€105m).

below is the list of top 35 most expensive transfers of all times. We have used the official transfer fees quoted in GBP.

Top 25 Most Expensive Transfers of All Times
NO# PLAYER TRANSFER FEE
1 Neymar (2017) FC Barcelona to PSG £198m
2 Paul PogbaPaul Pogba (2016) Juventus to Manchester United £89m
3 Ousmane Dembélé (2017) Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona £97m
4 gareth bale salaryGareth Bale (2013) Totteham to Real Madrid £85.3m
5 Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (2009) Man Utd to Real Madrid £83.7m
6 gonzalo higuainGonzalo Higuain (2016) Napoli to Juventus £75.3m
7 Romelu Lukaku (2017) Everton to Manchester United £75.3m
8 suarezLuis Suarez (2014) Liverpool to Barcelona £75m
9 Neymar (2013) Santos to Barcelona £71.5m
10 Alvaro Morata (2017) Real Madrid vs Chelsea £70.9m
11 James RodriguezJames Rodriguez (2014) Monaco to Real Madrid £63m
12 Oscar (2017) Chelsea to Shanghai SPIG £60m
13 Zlatan IbrahimovicZlatan Ibrahimovic (2009) Inter Milan to Barcelona £59m (40m+Eto’o)
14 Angel Di Maria salaryAngel Di Maria (2014) Real Madrid to Man Utd £59.7m
15 KakaKaka (2009) AC Milan to Real Madrid £56m
16 Kevin De Bruyn (2015) Wolfsburg to Manchester City £55m
17 Edinson CavaniEdinson Cavani (2013) Napoli to PSG £55m
18 Raheem Sterling (2015) Liverpool vs Manchester City £55.2
19 Benjamin Mendy (2017) Liverpool vs Manchester City £55.2
20 Kyle Walker (2017) Tottenham to Manchester City £50m
21 Angle Di Maria (2015) Manchester United to PSG £49.7
22 Radamel FalcaoRademal Falcao (2013) Atletico Madrid to Monaco £51m
23 John StonesJohn Stone (2016) Everton to Manchester City £50m
24 David LuizDavid Luis (2014) Chelsea to PSG £50m
25 Fernando TorresFernando Torres (2011) Liverpool to Chelsea £50m
26 Carlos TevezCarlos Tevez  (2009) To Man City £47m
27 Alexandre Lacazette (2017) Lyon to Arsenal £46.5m
28 Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane (2001) Juventus to Real Madrid £46m
29 HulkHulk (2016) Zenit to Shanghai SIPG £46.4
30 Bernardo Silva (2017) AS Monaco to Manchester City £43m
31 Mesut OzilMesut Özil (2013) Real Madrid to Arsenal £42.4m
32 Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira (2016) Shakhtar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning £39.3
33 James RodriguezJames Rodríguez (2013) FC Porto to AS Monaco £38.5
34 Juan MataJuan Mata (2014) Chelsea to Manchester United £37.1m
35 Luis FigoLuis Figo (2000) Barcelona to Real Madrid £37m
36 Anthony Martial (2015) Monaco to Manchester United £36m
37 Hernan CrespoHernán Crespo (2000) Parma to Lazio £35.5m

The biggest clubs in football keep splashing the cash and bring in worlds best players to their club to keep themselves at the very top of football elites. Real Madrid seem to spend big on that one big player every year which is tauted to be the next big thing, they already broke their own record several times when they spend world record fee for a player transfer and Real Madrid’s several transfers feature in the top 20 most expensive player transfers in the history of football.

So today we take a look at the 20 players who cost most money in transfer fee and the average transfer fee for a top player has increased dramatically in the last few years which is pretty evident in the top 10 list of highest transfer fee ever paid by clubs.

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