Football is the most beautiful game in the world and club football provides the best spice to football lovers. Transfer refers to the Buying as well as selling of the footballers in exchange for money or other players between two different clubs. Just a decade and a half ago, clubs used to bring in star footballers for quite a little amount of money. But in the last 10 years so many things have been changed in football. Nowadays the sponsors are investing a lot in this highly popular game. As a result, clubs are spending so much to bring in their desired footballers. Here we will discuss about the top 10 most expensive transfers in football history.
# Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers:
# Number 9 & number 10 position is a tie as both the transfers cost the same amount of money.
10) Eden Hazard [Chelsea > Real Madrid, €100 m +(€40 m)]:
At the End of the very last season, Belgian sensation Eden Hazard makes his move from EPL giant Chelsea to Spanish superpower Real Madrid. The 13 times UCL champions were seeking for a superstar and the left-winger was a long-time target. The dribbling machine finally joins his dream club in 2019 for 100 million Euro. It involves €40 m add-ons.
9) Cristiano Ronaldo [Real Madrid > Juventus, €100 m]:
After providing a long term service, the 5 times FIFA Ballon d’Or winner finally departs the Spanish capital to join Serie-A champions Juventus. The move cost 100 million Euro. After moving to Madrid from Manchester, the Portuguese won numerous trophies with the Blancos including 4 UCL trophies and 2 La Liga titles.
8) Gareth Bale [Tottenham > Real Madrid, €100.8 m]:
The Welshman made the move to Madrid for the thenceforth world record fee of €100.8 million. He left the North London based club Tottenham in 2013 and still serving the Galacticos.
7) Paul Pogba [Juventus > Man Utd, €105 m]:
The Bianconeris are the masters of free transfers. The talented French midfielder cost them nothing when he joined the Old Ladies of Turin from Man Utd. But just a few years later the most time Italian league champions sold him back to the Red Devils and bargained €105 million.
6) Ousmane Dembele [Borussia Dortmund > Barcelona, €105 m (€45 m)]:
Another young French man to get a place in this list, the attacker made his move from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund to UCL giant FC Barcelona. The Blaugranas brought in the left-winger for €105 million. The transfer also includes €45 m add-ons.
5) Antoine Griezmann [Atletico Madrid > Barcelona, €120 m]:
After having a sensational career at the Atletico Madrid, the world cup winner departs the club to join their league rivals Barcelona. The goal machine joined the Rojiblancos in 2014 from Real Sociedad. Since then he scored 130 goals for them and become the 5th highest goal scorer in history for the club. At the end of the 2018-19 season, he moves to Barcelona for 120 million Euro.
4) Philippe Coutinho [Liverpool > Barcelona, €120 m (€40m)]:
The attacking midfielder is the biggest Barcelona signing so far in the terms of the transfer fee. The Brazilian left Liverpool to play for Barcelona and cost €120 million. His transfer also includes €40 million ad-ons.
3) Joao Felix [Benfica > Atletico Madrid, €126 m]:
The Portuguese wonder kid stole the spotlight with his recent performances for Benfica. This highly potential forward is considered as Europe’s one of the biggest prospects. The Spanish giants bring the young attacker in from Portuguese Primeira Liga side Benfica for €126 million.
2) Kylian Mbappe [Monaco > PSG, €145 m (€35 m)]:
This young man has the skill, stamina as well as speed. He is too fast to handle and that’s why French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain brought this forward in for €145 million. The move also includes €35 m add-ons.
1) Neymar [ Barcelona > PSG, 222 m]:
Brazilian superstar Neymar holds the record of the most expensive transfer in the football history. As the very first footballer in the world, the winger cost more than €200 million and joined Ligue 1 side PSG from Barcelona for a world record 222 million Euro. He joined the French capital-based side in 2017.
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