Football is the most popular sport in the World nowadays and like international tournaments, there are plenty of league competitions used to take place in every calendar season. Like Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and so on. Above listed league competitions are currently bigger than any others and the clubs of different league competitions used to compete to buy the top-rated football players for their clubs. So, that their chance of winning the league titles as well as different titles are increasing. So, it seems that transfer in football history is a common fact where players used to leave their former club and join with a new one. Those clubs used to provide much salary along with other different opportunities, players decide to join them. However, our today’s topic is to find out 10 most expensive transfers in football history.
10 Most Expensive Transfers in Football History
if we consider the most expensive football transfer in history, we must admit the name of Brazilian star Neymar Jr. he left Camp Nou and joined at the Parc des Princes in 2017 summer transfer by setting a new record and smashed all records before. However, let’s take a look below where we present 10 most expensive transfer in football history so far.
10. Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United) – £75 million
Romelu Lukaku is currently 25 years old and Belgian professional football player and also playing for Belgium national team. He was a key player in Belgium national team in 2018 Russia World Cup but unfortunately, they faced defeat against France.
Romelu Lukaku is the number 10th player considering the most expensive transfers in football history. While playing with Premier League club Everton, on 10th July 2017 Manchester United bought him for five years with an option of a further year. The transfer fee was officially undisclosed but reportedly it was £75 million along with £15 million in add-ons.
Belgian striker Page semi-protected Romelu Lukaku started his professional career with Anderlecht in 2009 but in 2011, Chelsea bought him. He spent loan period with West Brom and Everton. In 2014, Everton bought him from the Blues but in 2017, they sold him to the Red Devils.
9. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus) – £75.3 million
Gonzalo Higuain who is also known as Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain who is an Argentine striker. He is French by birth but since 2009, he is playing for the Argentina national team. He is one of the most expensive players in recent time. Higuain played for Argentina national team in last Russia World Cup 2018 and yet to take international retirement. He was quite a potential player in the 2014 FIFA World Cup when his team Argentina played final but faced defeat against Germany through the last minute goal.
However, he is currently playing for Italian club AC Milan as the loan player. In 26th July 2016 which was at the end of the summer transfer, Italian top flight Juventus bought the Argentine from their rival club Napoli by making a record transfer. Juventus paid to Napoli £75.3 million which makes it one of the highest transfers in football history.
However, Higuain started his professional career with River Plate in 2005 and in 2007, he joined with the Spanish giant Real Madrid. He played for them six long seasons and in 2013, he was sold to Napoli in exchange for €40 million. Finally, in 2016 Napoli sold him to the Old Lady by making a transfer record.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid) – £80 million
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers of all time and he is actually a Portuguese national team player. CR7 is currently 33 years old and yet to take his international retirement from the Portuguese national team. He played the 2018 Russia World Cup but from the round of last sixteen, his team was ruled out. He would probably end his international career after Qatar World Cup 2022. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the most expensive players in football history.
While playing with Premier League club Manchester United, he left the Old Trafford and joined with the Spanish giant Real Madrid. He played for the Red Devils from 2003 to 2009 and in 2009, he joined at the Santiago Bernabeu in exchange for £80 million which was a world record transfer fee at that time. His contract was until 205 but later, the contract was extended.
The 33 years old striker CR7 passed his golden time with Spanish club Real Madrid. He played for them 292 appearances and scored 311 goals so far. He also played for Manchester United six long seasons and made 196 appearances.
7. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid) – £85.3 million
Gareth Bale or Gareth Frank Bale is a talented football player who is a professional player of Wales national team. He is playing for the national team as a winger. However, Bale is also playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid and now, he is one of the key players of the team when CR7 left the club last summer. Gareth Bale is currently 29 years old and best renowned for his swerving free kicks, ball striking from distance and so on. It seems that Bale is simply described as a footballer with great speed with exceptional physical qualities.
He is one of the most expensive football players and while playing with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, he was sold to the Spanish top flight Real Madrid on 1st September 2013 by making a record transfer £85.3 million. He joined Real Madrid for six years according to the agreement.
Gareth Bale started his professional career with Southampton in 2006 and played for them just a season. On 25th May 2007, Tottenham Hotspur bought him by making four years deal and they paid initial £5 million for the player. He played for the Spurs till 2013 and in the meantime, he made 146 appearances and scored 42 goals so far.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus) – £88 million
Cristiano Ronaldo who is officially known as Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro and he is very familiar 9in the current World. He is the skipper of the Portuguese national team and currently playing for the Italian club Juventus. CR7 is often considered as one of the greatest players of all time and in his professional career, he has made plenty of amazing records.
He is also one of the most expensive players in football history. His former club Real Madrid sold him to Juventus in exchange for £88 million. Basically, Real Madrid did not want to sell this top-rated player but Cristiano has a habit to make the new challenge and so, he made Real Madrid agree and joined with the Italian top flight on 10th July 2018. It was one of the most expensive transfers in football history.
The goal machine started his professional career with Sporting CP B team in 2002 and in the same year, he made his debut with the main team of Sporting CP so far. In 2003, Premier League club Manchester United bought him and they paid a fee of £12.24 million reportedly which made his as the most expensive teenager in Premier League history.
5. Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United) – £89.3 million
Paul Pogba is a World Cup winning player in France who is officially known as Paul Labile Pogba. He is a young talent in recent football. In last Russia World Cup 2018, he played for the France national team and showed amazing performance. Pogba is a central midfielder and also can be played as attacking midfielder so far. He is currently playing for the club Manchester United and while joining at the Premier League top flight Old Trafford, he made a record transfer. Pogba is still one of the most expensive players in football history.
He joined with the Red Devils on 8th August 2016 at the end of summer transfer and the transfer fee was £89.3 million. It was the record for the highest football transfer fee at that time. The Red Devils made five years agreement with Frenchman and with them, Poga already played 69 appearances and scored 14 goals so far.
Pogba started his professional career with the Premier League club Manchester United in 2011 but in the inaugural season, he just made three appearances with the club. The Red Devils sold him to Italian Juventus on 3rd July 2012 with an undisclosed fee. He returned to Manchester United in 2016. He played for Juventus 124 appearances and scored 28 goals so far.
4. Ousmane Dembele ( Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona) – £96.8 million
Ousmane Dembele is one of the young talents in current football. He is just 21 years old and French professional football player. Dembele was with the national team when France won the Russia World Cup 2018. He is playing as forward. Dembele is one of the most expensive players in football history.
Spanish giant team Barcelona bought him from Borussia Dortmund on 25th August 2017 in exchange for £96.8 million. They made five years contract with the French forward Dembele along with €40 million add-ons option that makes it one of the most expensive transfers in football history.
Ousmane Dembele is just the young player considering the age and he has a long career ahead. He yet to be the regular player with the national team as well as with Barcelona but coaches of each side used to ground him often.
Dembele started his career with Rennes II in 2014 and spending one season there, he made his debut with Rennes main squad. On 12th May 2016, German club Borussia Dortmund bought him for five years with an undisclosed fee. He played for them 32 appearances and scored 6 goals so far. The 21 years old player is currently playing with Barcelona and already made 29 appearances and scored 8 goals.
3. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona) – £105 million
Philippe Coutinho is the Brazilian star professional football player who is playing for the Brazilian national team and Spanish club Barcelona. He is also a talented player and playing as an attacking midfielder or winger. He would become very famous in near future. Philippe Coutinho is currently 26 years old and has become one of the most expensive players so far.
He played for Premier League club Liverpool earlier but Spanish club Barcelona bought him and they paid £105 million for the Brazilian star. He was a key player of Liverpool and so, Barcelona paid a huge for the player which makes it one of the most expensive transfers in football history. Barcelona initially paid £105 million which could rise to £142 million so far.
Coutinho played the last World Cup 2018 with the Brazilian national team and he proved himself as one of the major players in the squad. His performance was quite charming there.
Philippe made his international debut in 2010 and already played 5 international matches so far. He scored 13 international goals as well. However, the player started his professional club career with Inter Milan in 2008 and passed two loan period with two different clubs so far. In 2013, he joined at the Anfield where he played 152 appearances and scored 41 goals so far. He played for Barcelona 29 appearances already and scored 12 goals for the club.
2. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG) – £160 million
Kylian Mbappe is just 19 years old but already made his place among the top-rated football player in recent time. He is a French professional football player and one of the major player who led his national team to the Russia World Cup 2018 victory. He is currently playing for the Ligue 1 top tier Paris Saint Germain (PSG). Mbappe made his international debut in 2017 and yet to look back. He has become the 2nd teenager who scored World Cup final goal and finished the tournament as the 2nd highest goalscorer jointly.
Besides, he has received the award as the Best Young Player so far. He is the 2nd most expensive player in current time being. He played for Ligue 1 club Monaco earlier but on 1st July 2018, he was bought permanently by PSG from Monaco and the team bought him for £160 million. It was the 2nd most expensive transfers in football history.
Mbappe started his professional career with Monaco B team in 2015 but in the same season, he made main Monaco team debut. He played for them 41 appearances and scored 16 goals so far. Later, Monaco gave him to PSG as the loan where he played quite well and so, PSG finally bought him permanently. In the season, he played for PSG 9 appearances and scored 11 goals so far.
1. Neymar (Barcelona to PSG) – £198 million
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior commonly known as Neymar is the Brazilian professional football player who is playing as the captain for the Brazilian national team and he is a top-rated forward so far. However, he is also playing for the French club Paris Saint Germain.
Neymar is currently the most expensive player in football history and when he joined PSG from Spanish club Barcelona, he made a record of most expensive transfers in football history. The 26 years old Brazilian star joined at the Parc des Princes He joined there by making five years contract which will valid till 2022. He was given number 10 jersey there as well.
Neymar started his professional career with Santos in 2009 and he had a dream of joining with Spanish club Barcelona. Finally, he joined at the Camp Nou on 24th May 2013 and made five years contract with them. He played with Lionel Messi and Suarez there and they made a tremendous attacking division of Barcelona named MSN. On 3rd August 2017, he joined with French club PSG when they offered much more salary.
Neymar played for Barcelona 123 appearances and scored 68 goals so far. Now, with PSG, he has already played 31 appearances and scored 29 goals so far. In 2010, he made international debut with Brazil national team and for them, he made 96 international appearances and scored 60 goals so far.
According to the above-listed statistics, we can see the 10 most expensive transfers in football history. Neymar Jr is the most expensive player in recent time being as we know. However, there are plenty of players who are changing clubs in every season with different transfer fees. Here we present below the next 20 most expensive transfers in football history.
Most Expensive Transfers in Football History
|11th||Virgil van Dijk||Southampton||Liverpool||€84.5||2018|
|13th||Kepa Arrizabalaga||Athletic Bilbao||Chelsea||€80||2018|
|14th||Zinedine Zidane||Juventus||Real Madrid||€77.5||2001|
|15th||James Rodriguez||Monaco||Real Madrid||€76||2014|
|16th||Angel Di Maria||Real Madrid||Man United||€75.6||2014|
|17th||Kevin De Bruyne||VfL Wolfsburg||Man City||€75||2015|
|18th||Thomas Lemar||Monaco||Atletico Madrid||€70||2018|
|20th||Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City||Man City||€67.8||2018|
|22nd||Alvaro Morata||Real Madrid||Chelsea||€65.5||2017|
|23rd||Aymeric Laporte||Athletic Bilbao||Man City||€65.2||2018|
|25th||Angel Di Maria||Man United||PSG||€64||2015|
|26th||Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund||Arsenal||€63.7||2018|
|28th||Raheem Sterling||Liverpool||Man City||€62.5||2015|
|29th||Luis Figo||Barcelona||Real Madrid||€62||2000|
In every league competition, there is a selected time to buy and sell players. Before starting a new season, every league used to give a transfer window which is called as summer transfer. It lasted until the start of the season.
Besides, in the middle of the season, another transfer window used to open which is called winter transfer. In this two transfer windows, club owners used to buy or sell players for their clubs.