This article contains list of the top 10 most expensive football transfers of all time till date
Football transfer fees are increasing almost every single year. The clubs are spending more and more money than ever before in their pursuit of domestic and European success.
The summer transfer window for 2020/2021 season just closed yesterday, October 5 at 11:00 pm and it has been a busy one on deadline days for both top clubs and mid-clubs.
With Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Arthur Melo and Kai Havertz, Edinson Cavani, Thomas Partey among the players switching clubs in 2020, the big-money moves just keep on coming.
Here are the 10 most expensive football transfers of all time.
1. Neymar – Barcelona to PSG (€222million , 2017)
Neymar currently sits at top of the list for world record transfer fees having moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for a record €222m and completely smashed the pervious world record of Paul Pogba’s move back to Manchester United.
Since arriving in France, Neymar has been prolific in front of goal and PSG won the domestic treble in his first season. It was a stroll to the Ligue 1 title in 2018/19 too.
The Brazilian is undoubtedly a superstar but can infuriate as much as he can fascinate.
The French champions came close to winning the Champions League this season but lost to Bayern Munich in the final.
2. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG (€180million , 2017)
The 19-year-old hit the headlines in 2017 when he became the most expensive teenager, and the world’s second most expensive player, when he swapped Monaco for fellow French side Paris St Germainth for €145m plus €35m in bonuses. He also became the youngest Frenchman ever to score at a World Cup.
Already a World Cup winner, Mbappe’s career is just going from strength to strength and hopefully, he will succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in the world.
3. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona (€160million , 2018)
The Premier League’s priciest exit to date saw Philippe Coutinho complete a controversial move to the Nou Camp from Liverpool for €120m plus €40m in bonuses. He won back-to-back league titles in his first two seasons.
However, the Brazilian has struggled to adapt to life in Catalonia and Barcelona shipped him out to Bayern Munich last summer.
4. Ousmane Dembele – Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona (€150million , 2017)
Barcelona took a leap of faith when they spent €105m plus €45m in bonuses to sign Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. The Frenchman had only spent one season in the Bundesliga, but Barca scouts were convinced that this was a player who could become one of the world’s best.
He isn’t quite in that category yet, but after an injury-ravaged first season at the Nou Camp, Dembele is slowly proving that the faith in him was justified.
Statistics alone cannot convey how impressive Dembele has been, with some of his goals being truly mesmerising.
However, the jury is still out on the youngster and he needs to sort out his attitude if he is to propel himself amongst the world’s elite.
5. Eden Hazard –Chelsea to Real Madrid (€140million , 2019)
Hazard made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid, stating on multiple occasions that his dream was to play for Los Blancos.
The Blues managed to keep Hazard at the club in the summer of 2018 despite Real’s advances, and he went on to record the most prolific season of his career, scoring 21 goals and providing 17 assists in all competitions.
Hazard, eventually, sealed his move last summer, after Real Madrid paid a transfer fee of €100m plus €40 in bonuses. Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for the Belgian since and he’ll be hoping to put that right in the new campaign.
6. Joao Felix –Benfica to Altetico Madrid (€126million , 2019)
Felix became the second most expensive teenager of all time after joining Atletico.
Tipped as the most exciting Portuguese player since Ronaldo, the 20-year-old forward didn’t make the impact hoped for in his debut season but has a huge future ahead of him.
7. Antoine Griezmann–Atletico Madrid to Barcelona (€120million , 2019)
Griezmann’s long-awaited switch to Barca was finally confirmed after the Catalan giants paid his mammoth buyout.
The 29-year-old France forward wanted to move to the Nou Camp for several years and did so despite pledging his future to Atletico the summer before.
The World Cup winner signed a five-year contract with Barca which contains a release clause of 800m euros.
8. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United (€105million , 2016)
A lot has changed in the transfer world since Pogba made the move back to Manchester United from Juventus for a then record €105m.
The Frenchman enjoyed a meteoric rise in Italy where he helped Juventus to four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s and two Italian Super Cups.
Pogba remains the Premier League’s most expensive player following his return to Old Trafford.
9. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid (€100.8million , 2013)
Real Madrid broke their own world transfer record in 2013 when they signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham, surpassing the fee they paid for Ronaldo four years prior.
Bale’s record transfer fee drew comparisons to Ronaldo and he was under immediate pressure to succeed. But injuries marred his first six months. However, a sensational winner against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final was the perfect way to ingratiate himself to his new fans.
Though Bale has struggled to maintain consistent popularity during his time in Spain, he has always had the ability to pop up with important goals in big matches, including the 2014 and 2018 Champions League final goals.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale has rejoined Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus (€100million , 2018)
Ronaldo called it a day with Real Madrid after picking up his fifth overall and third consecutive Champions League title back in 2018 and he opted for a new challenge in Italy with Juventus.
The Italian giants have already seen a massive return on his signing – with more ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirts sold than they had throughout the duration of the 2017-18 campaign – before they even started their Serie A 2018-19 campaign.
Of all the players on this list, Ronaldo was the oldest at the time of his transfer, but the 33-year-old appears ageless as he has taken to Serie A like a duck to water – with 21 goals and a Scudetto in his debut season.
Sources: Talksport.com, Goal.com, Getty image.