World Expensive: Top 20 Most Expensive Football Player In The World

2017 transfer window saw a many world records set and broken with the most notable being the most expensive transfer in history. Ever since the record breaking transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hostpur to Real Madrid, there is have been speculations that more records would be broken.

Here is a list of the 20 most expensive transfers in football history.

  1. Neymar Jnr – Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain €222 million

Neymar became the most expensive player in the history of football after his record transfer from Spanish club Barcelona to French Club Paris Saint-Germain. He is expected to earn about £30 million per year during his 5 year contract.

TOPSHOT – Brazilian superstar Neymar poses with his new jersey during his official presentation at the Parc des Princes stadium on August 4, 2017 in Paris after agreeing a five-year contract following his world record 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain’s (PSG). Paris Saint-Germain have signed Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee of 222 million euros (around $264 million), more than doubling the previous record. Neymar said he came to Paris Saint-Germain for a “bigger challenge” in his first public comments since arriving in the French capital. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

  1. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United for €95 million

Once in a player on the English side, Pogba returned back home for a world record transfer fee in 2016. Hopes were high and much was expected from his performance at the club, but has he performed well enough?

  1. Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid for €91.18 million

Wales’s most formidable player and former Tottenham Hotspurs forward was signed in 2013 for a world transfer fee by the Spanish club giants Real Madrid.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid for €85 million

Current best Player in the world, Ronaldo shone like a star he is when he was with English side Manchester United. His skills, tact and delivery must have been what made him the World’s most expensive player back in 2009.

  1. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus for €81.4 million

Argentinean player Higuain became the most expensive South American footballer of all time when the made his transfer from Napoli to Juventus.

  1. Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United to €76.7 million

Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, broke the club record when Everton signed him in 2014 for £28 million. But club giants Manchester United offered more than double of that for the player in 2017 making him one of their most expensive players.

  1. Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona €74.45 million

Controversial player and Uruguay forward Luiz Suarez caused Barcelona quite a fortuen when he was transferred from English Club Liverpool.

  1. James Rodriguez – Monaco to Real Madrid for €72.37 million

Rodriguez made a massive impact in the 2014 World Cup, delivering a goal that made him one of the highlights of the event. Not surprisingly, Real Madrid offered a whopping sum for the player in the same year making him one of the most expensive Colombian footballers of all time.

  1. Alvaro Morata: Real Madrid to Chelsea for €71.37 million

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was a figure worth emulating in both his former club Real Madrid and the Spain national team.

  1. Zinedine Zidane – Juventus to Real Madrid €70.11 million

The French Legend did not only excel as a player, but also as a Coach. He was transferred for a world record fee in 2001 and presently he is the coach of the Spanish club giants Real Madrid.

  1. Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg to Manchester City for €67.85 million

De Bruyne transfer fee was a record for the club back in 2015.

  1. Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid to Manchester United for €67.48 million

Although, Di Maria seemed to be an exceptional player his transfer to Manchester United was considered to be one of the worst signings of the year.

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – inter Milan to Barcelona for €62.87 million

Ibrahimovic cost Barcelona quit a fortune back in 2009.

  1. Raheem Sterling – Liverpool to Manchester City for €62.5 million

Although his transfer faced certain controversies, Sterling was ranked the most valuable young player in the world by study done in 2015.

  1. Kaka – AC Milan to Real Madrid for €58.8 million

Kaka’s signing in 2009 made him the second most expensive player after Ibrahimovic.

  1. Edinson Cavani – Napoli to Paris Saint – Germain for €58.35 million

Cavani’s signing made him the most expensive French footballer in history.

  1. David Luiz – Chelsea to Paris Saint – Germain for €56.54 million

David Luiz holds the record as the most expensive player ever due to this transfer in 2014.

  1. Angel Di Maria – Manchester United to Paris €55 million

After his controversial signing to Manchester United in 2014, Di Maria got a chance to prove his worth following his 2015 transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

  1. Oscar: Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for €54.55 million

This 2016 signing become the most expensive transfer to an Asian club.

  1. Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid for €54.28 million

This transfer set a world record back in 2000. He went on to become one of the greatest players of all time.


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