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The world of international soccer is in many ways dominated by money. This huge industry is famous for the big-money moving from one team/club to another. The big deals happen all the time and it’s quite fascinating how players get uber-rich overnight. Want to know the top 10 expensive football transfers of all time? You are in the right place.
According to Statista, these are the highest all-time transfer fee worldwide, as of October 2020. The figures are in million Euros.
⓾ Gareth Bale (€101)
Gareth Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 with a transfer fee of €101m. He is the most expensive British player of all time, now ranking in the 10th position of this top 10 list.
⓽ Paul Pogba (€105)
In August of 2016, Paul Labile Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United. The central midfielder bagged a transfer fee of €105m given how flexible he is on the field. Pogba can deploy as an attacking or defending midfielder and can also play as a deep-lying playmaker.
⓼ Eden Hazard (€115)
Eden Hazard moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019 with a cost of €115m. But this was the official figure for his five-year contract, although the latest news from two Belgian newspapers is that the total price of Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid was actually 160 million euros.
⓻ Cristiano Ronaldo (€117)
In 2018 Juventus bought Cristiano Ronaldo for €117m. The forward transfer fee to the Italians was the highest ever paid. Needless to say that the move was also shocking for many Real Madrid fans.
⓺ Antoine Griezmann (€120)
Ranking sixth in this list is Antoine Griezmann, who moved from Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou in 2019. Bagging a transfer deal of €120m, the striker has been a regular goal scorer for Barcelona.
⓹ Joao Felix (€127.2)
Joao Felix is the second most expensive teenager as he signed for Atletico Madrid with a cost of €127.2m back in 2019., moving from Benfica. The transfer binds Felix to play for the Spanish club for the next seven years.
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⓸ Ousmane Dembele (€130)
And this was another important transfer to Camp Nou in 2017. Ousmane Dembele arrived in Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund with a cost of €130m. He is now a part of a five-year contract with Barcelona. The seven-time France international forward has been a top goal scorer for Dortmund.
⓷ Kylian Mbappe (€145)
Kylian Mbappe signed for PSG for €145m. He moved from Monaco to PSG back in 2017. The young player was 18 years old when the transfer happened, making him the most expensive transferred teenager ever.
⓶ Philippe Coutinho (€145)
Philippe Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018. The transfer fee was a club record worth €145m that could have been even higher if several clauses were met.
⓵ Neymar (€222)
You read that right. An offer of Eur €222m for a move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is what Neymar agreed upon. The most expensive deal happened in 2017 and has become an exemplar for other football transfers.
The Upcoming Huge Transfer
In conclusion, big talent in the game always attracts big money. However, the upcoming transfer of one of the sport’s greatest, Lionel Messi, is expected to crush the above-mentioned numbers. Hence, it is reported to be one of the most expensive football transfers of all time.
Moreover, rumors and gossips about what will be the big figure are causing rivers of ink to be written, but the final answer only time will tell. Next Summer 2021 is the date when his contract with Barcelona finishes.
How much do you think this transfer is going to be?