Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers in the World
The world of football is crazy at the moment, with players being transferred for unbelievable amounts. Experts have pointed out that such fees are only proof that the game is becoming more lucrative by the day. There are lots of brands signing big contracts to sponsor most of these clubs. This post reveals some of the most expensive transfers that the world of football has experienced. The question of whether these players are worth such fees remains to be answered, though.
It is amazing to know that a transfer that took place in 2017 is still making headlines even today. It was a transfer involving Neymar being sold to PSG from Barcelona FC for an incredible £198m. Neymar is one of the most talented players in the world, and news about this transfer broke out when he started feeling the need to leave the shadow of Messi in Barcelona FC. He wanted to win the Ballon d’Or but knew that such wouldn’t happen in Barcelona, given that Messi has been the club’s, main man. This made him start thinking about a possible transfer.
2 Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe’s talent is one that many can’t seem to comprehend at the moment. He was compared to Brazil legend Delima Ronaldo. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given his massive talent. This kid came into the scene in 2016 and showed the world what he was able to while at Monaco by producing some scintillating displays. These displays caught the eye of PSG, which had to pay £160m for the teenager’s signature. Although this amount may seem very high for a teenager, don’t forget that he played a vital role in helping France lift the 2018 world cup in Russia.
3 Philippe Coutinho
The transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool FC to Barcelona FC is one that left his former employers angry even though they seem to be faring much better in his absence. This is because they felt Coutinho had earlier made some commitments about being part of the Liverpool revolution that is shaking Europe at the moment. This won’t be the case, though, as the 27-year-old player had to force his transfer in January 2018. This move would cost Barcelona FC £105m.
4 Joao Felix
Joao Felix may not be a household name, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talented. This is evident in how he singlehandedly destroyed Real Madrid FC in their pre-season friendly game a few months after being transferred from Benfica FC to Atletico Madrid for €126m. Most of the illustrious clubs in Europe wanted this kid’s signature due to his huge talent. However, Atletico Madrid FC won the race to sign him. His present employers never doubted when it came to meeting his buyout clause. This is a sign of his talent and what he can bring to any team.
5 Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann felt he had played his part in the whole Athletico Madrid dreams, and it was time to search for another club with higher ambitions. According to him, playing with Messi was one of the most motivating factors for his move to Barcelona FC from Atletico Madrid. There had been lots of rumors about this transfer materializing for the past two years. However, during the summer of 2018, Antoine Griezmann would finally be allowed to seal his dream move to Barcelona FC for €120m. Given his goals for both club and country over the past four years, no one can doubt whether he is worth such a hefty price or not.
6 Ousmane Dembele
One of the significant reasons why Barcelona FC signed Ousmane Dembele from Borrusia Dortmund is that they needed a replacement for the departed Neymar, who left for PSG. Dembele was an exciting talent and one of the best young wingers in Europe. His transfer would cost Barcelona a whooping £96.8m. Although lots of experts have questioned his price tag, his performances have been hindered by constant injuries. The 2019/2020 football season hasn’t been good either as he is still struggling to make an impact in the first team.
7 Paul Pogba
Experts still talk about Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United FC in 2016 even to this day. This is because the midfielder seems to be very inconsistent with his form after commanding a price of £89.3m in the transfer market. It was a transfer that shook the whole of England with Manchester United welcoming one of its most prodigious kids from Juventus. He seems to be struggling when it comes to living up to such a price tag at the moment. Did Sir Alex Ferguson make a mistake for allowing this talented kid to leave for free in 2012? His price tag explains it all.
8 Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale may have fallen out of favor at the moment with the top football players at real Madrid. However, his name hasn’t gone out as one of the most expensive transfers in the history of football. His talent while playing for Tottenham was so undeniable for everyone to see that real Madrid had to pay €100.8m for his signature in 2013. This price isn’t bad for a player who has managed to help the club win 4 Champions League trophy since then. His sensational strike against Liverpool FC in the 2017/2018 Champions League final reminded everyone of his talent.
9 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one player that doesn’t seem to be showing any sign of slowing down at the moment. This is evident in his transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2017 after breaking lots of records in his former club. He may be 34 years old, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the world’s most lethal strikers in front of goal.
10 Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard isn’t one of those players that are seen around the media trying to make headlines. However, he does that on the pitch with some incredible displays for his former employers, Chelsea FC. This is what earned him a move to Real Madrid for a fee of €100m. There is also an additional €40m for add – ons.