Most Expensive Football Transfers – Every team wants to succeed and to succeed you need to have great players and great players come at steep costs, here are the most expensive transfers in world football till date.
1) Neymar (Barcelona to PSG)
Qatari-owned French giants Paris Saint-Germain acquired Neymar for €222 million in the summer of 2017. The Brazilian left Lionel Messi’s company in Barcelona for the French capital, becoming the world’s most expensive footballer. It was an offer that just couldn’t be refused, although 3 years later Neymar regrets his decision of moving outside Spain and is desperate to go and play there again.
2) Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG) – Most Expensive Football Transfers
Another transfer involving the French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, the club signed the upcoming talent from their rivals AS Monaco for a total package worth €180 million (€214 million) — a €45 million loan for 2017-18 followed by a €135 million transfer. This deal as crazy as it sounds could be the deal of the century as Mbappe only keeps on growing as a player. He is currently the most valuable player in the world.
3)Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona)
Liverpool bought Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan in January 2013 for a tiny sum of €13 million. Five years later, the English club sold the Brazilian playmaker for a reported €120 million ($145.2 million) fee, which could increase to €160 million with bonuses. A pretty good turnover, right! Despite scoring 21 goals in 76 appearances for the Spanish giants, he has fallen short of expectations and was put by the club for sale. Coutinho has failed to leave a mark in Spain has now joined Bayern Munich on loan.
4) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus FC) – Most Expensive Football Transfers
Cristiano was once the topper for this very list when he got a move to Real Madrid from Manchester United. He is Portugal’s most capped player and has scored the most goals on the International stage. He completed a €117 million ($136.9 million) move to Juventus in July.
5) Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona)
After putting up several splendour performances in the Bundesliga, the french wonder kid forced his move to Catalan spending less than 13 months with the German side. Dembele won the DFB Cup with the Black and Yellow. The French forward transferred to Barca for €105 million ($123.9 million) with up to €42 million in bonus payments.
6) Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United) – Most Expensive Football Transfers
Paul Pogba replaced the Welshman as the world’s most expensive player when he got his move from Juventus to Manchester United for €105 million ($116.6 million). Pogba rose through the ranks of Red Devils’ youth setup before leaving on a free transfer.
7) Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid)
Welsh superstar Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive player in 2013 after he transferred to Real Madrid for a fee of €100 million (then $132 million) after a six-year stint at Tottenham Hotspur. This move remains the most expensive signing ever finalized by the Spanish club Real Madrid.
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8) Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus FC) – Most Expensive Football Transfers
After scoring 36 goals in 35 league appearances in the Italian league, Gonzalo Higuain had a memorable 2015-2016 season at Napoli. The staff at Old Lady were eager to sign the Argentinian striker, paying €90 million for his services.
9) Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United)
After Lukaku scored 26 goals for Everton in the 2016-17 season, Manchester United shelled out a reported 75 million pounds (€84.8 million, $96.8 million) for the Belgian striker. He rewarded the Red Devils for their investment right away, scoring seven goals in his first seven Premier League games but the deal couldnt be fruitful for a long term as Lukaku had falling off with the manager.
10) Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool) – Most Expensive Football Transfers
In the 2017-18 campaign, Jürgen Klopp desperately needed to improve the defence. Liverpool found a way to supply him with one, spending a reported 75 million pounds (€84.2 million, $101.3 million) on Virgil van Dijk in January, making the Dutchman the most expensive defender of all time.