Top 50 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All-Time

Neymar Jr., one of the best football players in the world right has officially joined the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. The rumor that gave nightmare to the Catalan fans for almost a week has now turned into a bitter reality. The internet has gone mad as it is certain that the Brazilian sensation has cost PSG a world record €222m. Though the transfer fee is yet to be confirmed officially, it is quite certain that the deal would be the most expensive football transfers of all-time. The 25 year old had a buyout clause of €222m or £199 million, making him the most expensive player contingent he moves away from Barcelona.

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After getting polished at Santos, the Brazilian signed for the Spanish giants back in 2013 for €86.2m. It was at the Camp Nou that this young footballer got everyone talking about him. Accompanied by best football players in the world Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the trio literally ruled the football world. For the Camp Nou side he has netted an impressive 105 goals from 186 appearances in all competitions. Although being considered to be inseparable, the troika has finally come to an end. Earlier FC Barcelona officials as well as Lionel Messi confirmed the striker’s wish to leave the Camp Nou and now the news s that the Brazilian has arrived at Paris. In his tributary post for Neymar, Messi wished him good luck in his new stage of life.

 Neymar Jr joining PSG is the most expensive football transfer in history. Paul Pogba the former beholder of most expensive football transfers record now moves to the second place. The midfielder arrived at Old Trafford last summer for a then world record €105m from Juventus. With history yet to be rewritten once more, let’s have a look at the 50 most expensive football transfers ever recorded in history.

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Top 50 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All-Time




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2 Paul Pogba Juventus – Manchester United 2016 €105m
3 Gareth Bale Tottenham – Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
4 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United – Real Madrid 2009 €94m
5 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli – Juventus 2016 €90m
6 Neymar Santos – Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
7 Romelu Lukaku Everton – Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
8 Luis Suarez Liverpool – Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
9 James Rodriguez Monaco – Real Madrid 2014 €80m
10 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid – Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
11 Zinedine Zidane Juventus – Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
12 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg – Manchester City 2015 €75m
13 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid – Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter – Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
15 Raheem Sterling Liverpool – Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
16 Kaka AC Milan – Real Madrid 2009 €65m
17 Edinson Cavani Napoli- PSG 2013 €64.5m
18 David Luiz Chelsea – PSG 2014 €62.5m
19 Angel Di Maria Manchester United – PSG 2015 €61.6m
20 Oscar Chelsea – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €60.3m
21 Luis Figo Barcelona – Real Madrid 2000 €60m
22 Fernando Torres Liverpool – Chelsea 2011 €59m
23 Hulk Zenit – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
24 Benjamin Mendy Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
25 John Stones Everton – Manchester City 2016 €58m
26 Kyle Walker Tottenham – Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
27 Hernan Crespo Parma – Lazio 2000 €55m
28 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon – Arsenal 2017 €52.4m
29 Gianluigi Buffon Parma – Juventus 2001 €52m
30 Eliaquim Mangala Valencia – Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
31 Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Dontesk – Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
32 Bernardo Silva Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €50m
33 Anthony Martial Monaco – Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
34 Christian Vieri Lazio – Inter 1999 €49m
35 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia – Lazio 2001 €48m
36 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid – Arsenal 2013 €47m
36 Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio – Manchester United 2001 €46m
36 Rio Ferdinand Leeds – Manchester United 2002 €46m
36 Ronaldo Inter – Real Madrid 2002 €46m
36 Juan Mata Chelsea – Manchester United 2014 €46m
36 Douglas Costa Bayern Munich – Juventus 2017 €46m
42 Christian Benteke Aston Villa – Liverpool 2015 €45.8m
42 James Rodriguez Porto – Monaco 2013 €45m
42 Joao Mario Sporting CP – Inter 2016 €45m
42 Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach – Arsenal 2016 €45m
42 Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco – Chelsea 2017 €45m
47 Nemanja Matic Chelsea – Manchester United 2017 €44.7m
48 Leroy Sane Schalke – Manchester City 2016 €44m
49 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan – Chelsea 2006 €43.9m
50 Robinho Real Madrid – Manchester City 2008 €43m

The Most Expensive British Footballer in History

Most Expensive Football Transfers

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Gareth Bale remains the most expensive British player in football history. The Welsh national once enjoyed the top spot of most expensive football transfers in history list until he was dethroned by the current topper Paul Pogba. Thanks to his €100.8m move to Real Madrid in 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur he still is the most expensive British player in history.

The Most Expensive Teenager in Football History

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Anthony Martial remains the most expensive young gun in transfer history as he joined Manchester United in 2015 for €49.3m.

The Most Expensive Defender in Football History

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PSG holds the record for paying the most for signing a defender in football history when they paid a staggering €62.5m in 2014 to seize David Luiz. The current Chelsean center defender was transferred from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain at that time.

The Most Expensive Goalkeeper in Football History

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The Italian icon Gianluigi Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. Even after 16 years since he joined Juventus from Parma for €52m. Although Real Madrid are eyeing for David de Gea from Old Trafford and when it is done the transfer stats will get relocated once again.