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The 100 most costly soccer transfers ever

Neymar completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for an unbelievable fee of 222 million euros in summer 2017, and the big business hasn’t stopped since. Kylian Mbappe came to Paris for 145 million euros plus a 35 million euros bonus.

Due to his move to the French capital, the Brazilian is now the most expensive player ever after breaking the previous record of Paul Pogba from Manchester United, who came to Old Trafford from Juventus for € 105m in 2016. Mbappe meanwhile moved up to second place on the list.

Atletico Madrid’s massive expenditure of € 126 million for Benfica’s Joao Felix in July 2019 makes the Portuguese star the third highest on our list.

Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 now puts him in fourth place, while Barca’s conquests of French duo Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lie ahead of Pogba.

Eden Hazard’s move from Chelsea to Real Madrid for 100 million euros plus add-ons puts him in ninth place. Cristiano Ronaldo is number nine and eleven on the list. His move to Juventus in the summer of 2018 exceeded the cost of moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid nine years earlier.

The full list of the most expensive footballers in the world can be found below.

The most expensive British player The most expensive teenager The most expensive defender The most expensive goalkeeper Largest transfer outside Europe.
player
societies
year
fee
1
Neymar
Barcelona – PSG
2017
€ 222 million
2nd
Kylian Mbappe
Monaco – PSG
2017
€ 145 million (+ € 35 million)
3rd
Joao Felix
Benfica – Atletico Madrid
2019
€ 126 million
4th
Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool – Barcelona
2018
€ 120 million (+ € 40 million)
4th
Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid – Barcelona
2019
€ 120 million
6
Ousmane Dembele
Borussia Dortmund – Barcelona
2017
€ 105 million (+ € 45 million)
6
Paul Pogba
Juventus – Manchester United
2016
€ 105 million
8th
Gareth Bale
Tottenham – Real Madrid
2013
€ 100.8 million
9
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid – Juventus
2018
€ 100 million
9
Eden Hazard
Chelsea – Real Madrid
2019
€ 100 million (+ € 40 million)
11
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United – Real Madrid
2009
€ 94 million
12th
Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli – Juventus
2016
€ 90 million
13
Harry Maguire
Leicester City – Manchester United
2019
€ 87.1 million
14
Neymar
Santos – Barcelona
2013
€ 86.2 million
fifteen
Romelu Lukaku
Everton – Manchester United
2017
€ 84.8 million
16
Virgil van Dijk
Southampton – Liverpool
2018
€ 84.5 million
17th
Luis Suarez
Liverpool – Barcelona
2014
€ 82.3 million
18th
James Rodriguez
Monaco – Real Madrid
2014
€ 80 million
18th
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Sports club – Chelsea
2018
€ 80 million
18th
Lucas Hernandez
Atletico Madrid – Bayern Munich
2019
€ 80 million
18th
Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United – Inter
2019
€ 80 million
22
Nicolas Pepe
Lille – Arsenal
2019
€ 79 million
23
Alvaro Morata
Real Madrid – Chelsea
2017
€ 78.9 million
24th
Zinedine Zidane
Juventus – Real Madrid
2001
€ 77.5 million
25th
Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax – Juventus
2019
€ 75 million (+ € 10.5 million)
25th
Kevin De Bruyne
Wolfsburg – Manchester City
2015
€ 75 million
25th
Frenkie de Jong
Ajax – Barcelona
2019
€ 75 million
28
Angel Di Maria
Real Madrid – Manchester United
2014
€ 74.6 million
29
Alisson Becker
Roma – Liverpool
2018
€ 73 million
30th
Arthur Melo
Barcelona – Juventus
2020
€ 72 million (+ € 10 million)
31
Luka Jovic
Frankfurt – Real Madrid
2019
€ 70 million
31
Rodri
Atletico Madrid – Manchester City
2019
€ 70 million
33
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Inter – Barcelona
2009
€ 69.5 million
34
Raheem Sterling
Liverpool – Manchester City
2015
€ 69.1 million
35
Riyadh Mahrez
Leicester City – Manchester City
2019
€ 67.8 million
36
Diego Costa
Chelsea – Atletico Madrid
2018
€ 66 million
37
Thomas Lemar
Monaco – Atletico Madrid
2018
€ 65 million
37
Cocoa
AC Milan – Real Madrid
2009
€ 65 million
37
Aymeric Laporte
Sports club – Manchester City
2018
€ 65 million
37
Joao Cancelo
Juventus – Manchester City
2019
€ 65 million (incl. Danilo)
41
Edinson Cavani
Napoli – PSG
2013
€ 64.5 million
42
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund – Arsenal
2018
€ 63.75 million
43
David Luiz
Chelsea – PSG
2014
€ 62.5 million
44
Angel Di Maria
Manchester United – PSG
2015
€ 61.6 million
45
Oscar
Chelsea – Shanghai SIPG
2017
€ 60.3 million
46
Miralem Pjanic
Juventus – Barcelona
2020
€ 60 million (+ € 5 million)
46
Naby Keita
RB Leipzig – Liverpool
2018
€ 60 million
46
Luis Figo
Barcelona – Real Madrid
2000
€ 60 million
46
Tanguy Ndombele
Lyon – Tottenham
2019
€ 60 million
50
Fernando Torres
Liverpool – Chelsea
2011
€ 59 million
51
Fred
Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester United
2018
€ 58.9 million
51
Jorginho
Napoli – Chelsea
2018
€ 58.9 million
53
Hulk
Zenit – Shanghai SIPG
2016
€ 58.6 million
54
Benjamin Mendy
Monaco – Manchester City
2017
€ 58.2 million
55
John Stones
Everton – Manchester City
2016
€ 58 million
56
Kyle Walker
Tottenham – Manchester City
2017
€ 56.7 million
57
Hernan Crespo
Parma – Lazio
2000
€ 55 million
57
Bruno Fernandes
Sporting – Manchester United
2020
€ 55 million (+ € 25 million)
59
Alexandre Lacazette
Lyon – Arsenal
2017
€ 53 million (+ € 7 million)
59
Timo Werner
RB Leipzig – Chelsea
2020
€ 53 million
61
Gianluigi Buffon
Parma – Juventus
2001
€ 52 million
62
Eliaquim Mangala
Porto – Manchester City
2014
€ 51.7 million
63
Alex Teixeira
Shakhtar Donetsk – Jiangsu Suning
2016
€ 50 million
63
Bernardo Silva
Monaco – Manchester City
2017
€ 50 million
63
Fabinho
Monaco – Liverpool
2018
€ 50 million
63
Eder Militao
Porto – Real Madrid
2019
€ 50 million
63
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Crystal Palace – Manchester United
2019
€ 50 million
68
Anthony Martial
Monaco – Manchester United
2015
€ 49.3 million
69
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Swansea City – Everton
2017
€ 49.2 million
70
Leroy Sane
Manchester City – Bayern Munich
2020
€ 49 million (+ € 11 million)
70
Christian Vieri
Lazio – Inter
1999
€ 49 million
72
Gaizka Mendieta
Valencia – Lazio
2001
€ 48 million
72
Ferland Mendy
Lyon – Real Madrid
2019
€ 48 million
74
Mesut Ozil
Real Madrid – Arsenal
2013
€ 47 million
75
Juan Sebastian Veron
Lazio – Manchester United
2001
€ 46 million
75
Rio Ferdinand
Leeds United – Manchester United
2002
€ 46 million
75
Ronaldo
Inter – Real Madrid
2002
€ 46 million
75
Juan Mata
Chelsea – Manchester United
2014
€ 46 million
75
Douglas Costa
Bayern Munich – Juventus
2017
€ 46 million
80
Christian Benteke
Aston Villa – Liverpool
2015
€ 45.8 million
81
James Rodriguez
Porto – Monaco
2013
€ 45 million
81
Joao Mario
Sporting C.P. – Inter
2016
€ 45 million
81
Granite Xhaka
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Arsenal
2016
€ 45 million
81
Tiemoue Bakayoko
Monaco – Chelsea
2017
€ 45 million
81
Richarlison
Watford – Everton
2018
€ 45 million
81
Vinicius Junior
Flamengo – Real Madrid
2018
€ 45 million
81
Rodrygo
Santos – Real Madrid
2019
€ 45 million
81
Mateo Kovacic
Real Madrid – Chelsea
2019
€ 45 million
81
Sebastien Haller
Eintracht Frankfurt – West Ham
2019
€ 45 million
90
Nemanja Matic
Chelsea – Manchester United
2017
€ 44.7 million
91
Youri Tielemans
Monaco – Leicester City
2019
€ 44.6 million
92
Leroy Sane
Schalke – Manchester City
2016
€ 44 million
93
Andriy Schevchenko
AC Milan – Chelsea
2006
€ 43.9 million
94
Robinho
Real Madrid – Manchester City
2008
€ 43 million
94
Radamel Falcao
Atletico Madrid – Monaco
2013
€ 43 million
96
Alexis Sanchez
Barcelona – Arsenal
2014
€ 42.5 million
97
Rui Costa
Fiorentina – AC Milan
2001
€ 42 million
97
Javier Pastore
Palermo – PSG
2011
€ 42 million
97
Thiago Silva
AC Milan – PSG
2012
€ 42 million
97
Jackson Martinez
Atletico Madrid – Guangzhou Evergrande
2016
€ 42 million
97
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United
2016
€ 42 million
97
Mohamed Salah
Roma – Liverpool
2017
€ 42 million
97
Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus – AC Milan
2017
€ 42 million

Most expensive British player

Gareth Bale is the most expensive British player ever and cost Real Madrid € 100.8m in 2013.

At that time, Bale was the most expensive player in history, but he slipped to eighth place in the leaderboard in 2019. He is now behind people like Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho.

By the way, the most expensive English player in history is Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, who came from Leicester City in 2019 for 87.1 million euros.

Most expensive teenager

Kylian Mbappe is the most expensive teenager ever after signing a sales contract with PSG that is worth 180 million euros in bonuses.

Not only is he the most expensive teenage soccer player ever, Mbappe is also the second most expensive player ever.

Joao Felix succeeds Mbappe as the second most expensive teenager, who was signed by Atletico Madrid from Benfica in 2019 for 126 million euros.

Most expensive defender

Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender of all time when Manchester United submitted a fee of 87.1 million euros to Leicester City in 2019 for the services of the England international.

Maguire overtook Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, but only slightly. The Dutch central defender cost the Red 84.5 million euros

Most expensive goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in history after Chelsea spent € 80 million in 2018 to meet its release clause at the Athletic Club.

The former captain of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon, held this brand for a long time after joining the Parma team in Turin for € 52m. This is a colossal fee when you take inflation into account.

The record was broken twice within a few weeks. Liverpool first brought Alisson Becker from Roma for 73 million euros to temporarily distinguish themselves as the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

In order not to be surpassed, Chelsea agreed with Kepa’s release clause less than a month later, meaning the Spanish international Alisson quickly dethroned for first place in transfer history.

Largest transfer outside of Europe

Most of what a non-European club has ever paid for a player is 60.3 million euros that Shanghai SIPG handed over to Chelsea for the Brazilian midfielder Oscar in 2016.

But who knows which record will be broken next in the development of the market ?!

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