In the football transfer market, clubs have increasingly fought for the top talents around the world and money has proved to be an important weapon. Clubs are still pouring money into the game and in the recent transfer windows; we have seen some records being broken. Today, we will look at the top 5 most expensive transfers in the history of football.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – £80m
At number 5 is Cristiano Ronaldo who enjoyed quite a long spell as the world’s most expensive player as well as the highest paid soccer star. Real Madrid snatched him for £80m from United in 2009. Ronaldo is arguably the best football player whose performance has been top notch both at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
4. Gareth Bale – £85.3m
Gareth Bale dethroned Ronaldo as the most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspurs in 2013. He joined Real Madrid where he linked up with his former Spurs’ teammate, Luka Modric.
3. Paul Pogba £89m
At the time of his signing, Pogba was one of the best midfielders in the world after soaring to great heights with the Serie A club. Even though Madrid was the favourite, to sign Pogba, Manchester United finally got his signature in the summer of 2017.
2. Ousmane Dembele – £96.8m
Dembele was the biggest talk of the town in 2017 summer transfers. Initially, he was linked to Liverpool and other Premier League giants before Barcelona pounced on him suddenly. It was only after it dawned on Barcelona that Neymar was leaving that Camp Nou matched the price Borussia Dortmund had set for the wonder kid in August 2017.
1. Neymar – £200.6m
At number one is Neymar Jr. Dos Santos who is still in the top 10 list of the most expensive footballers from his previous transfer to Barcelona. Before his departure, Madrid and other top clubs had started courting the Brazilian and Barcelona became wary and placed an unbelievable and unmatchable price tag on him. Nobody thought any team would buy him, but PSG did in August 2017!