The Top 15 Most Expensive Player Transfers In The History Of Football

  • With Paul Pogba returning to Manchester United for a whooping sum, we take a look at the most expensive transfers in football history.
Ronaldo, Pogba, Bale
Ronaldo, Pogba, Bale lead the list of most expensive player transfers. Credit: Various

Paul Pogba has surpassed the £85m deal that saw Gareth Bale move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013.

He re-joined Manchester United – which he left for Juventus in 2012 – after signing a world record five-year contract valued at £89m at the Old Trafford.

It’s the first time an English club will set a world record transfer fee, after Newcastle United paid £15m to sign Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers in 1996.

Here are the top 15 most expensive player transfers in football history:

1. Paul Pogba

Pogba selfie
A quick selfie before interviews. Credit: Manchester United.

Transfer: Juventus to Manchester United

Fee: £89m

Year: 2016

2. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal for Real Madrid against Manchester City in their UCL game. Credit: Getty Images
Gareth Bale celebrates his goal for Real Madrid against Manchester City in their UCL game. Credit: Getty Images

Transfer: Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid

Fee: £85.3m

Year: 2013

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest athlete in the world. Credit: AP
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest paid athlete in the world. Credit: AP

Transfer: Manchester United to Real Madrid

Fee: £80m

Year: 2009

4. Gonzalo Higuaín

Higuain during his Juventus unveiling
Higuain set a new scoring record in Serie A last season with his 36 goals for Napoli

Transfer: Napoli to Juventus

Fee: £75.3m

Year: 2016

5. Neymar

Neymar
Neymar is presently representing Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Credit: AP

Transfer: Santos to Barcelona

Fee: £71.5m

Year: 2013

6. Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez won 2015/16 LaLiga Pichichi award with 40 goals, five ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: Getty Images
Luis Suárez won 2015/16 LaLiga Pichichi award with 40 goals, five ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: Getty Images

Transfer: Liverpool to Barcelona

Fee: £64.9m

Year: 2014

7. James Rodríguez

James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez has been linked to Arsenal after they missed out on Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. Credit: YouTube

Transfer: AS Monaco to Real Madrid

Fee: £63m

Year: 2014

8. Ángel Di María

Ángel Di María

Credit: Getty Images

In July 2015, Di María moved to PSG for a fee believed to be worth £44 million, signing a four-year contract. Credit: Getty Images

Transfer: Real Madrid to Manchester United

Fee: £59.7m

Year: 2014

9. Zlatan Ibrahimović

Ibrahimović
Mourinho in his second season at Inter Milan swapped Ibrahimović for Barcelona’s Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o and a reported £35 million transfer fee was also paid to Inter – NOW THEY’RE BACK TOGETHER IN MANCHESTER!

Transfer: Inter to Barcelona

Fee: £57m

Year: 2009

10. Kaká

Kaka won the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or awards in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
Kaka won the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or awards in 2007. Photo: Getty Images

Transfer: AC Milan to Real Madrid

Fee: £56m

Year: 2009

11. Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates a goal against PSG
Kevin De Bruyne celebrates a goal against PSG

Transfer: Wolfsburg to Manchester City

Fee: £55m

Year: 2015

12. Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring the second goal for Paris St Germain against Chelsea at Parc des Princes, Paris, France. Credit: Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes
Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring the second goal for Paris St Germain against Chelsea at Parc des Princes, Paris, France. Credit:
Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes

Transfer: Napoli to PSG

Fee: £55m

Year: 2013

13. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao
El Tigre is looking to revive his career at Moanco after successive underwhelming spells at Man. United and Chelsea!

Transfer: Atletico Madrid to AS Monaco

Fee: £51m

Year: 2013

14. Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres controls ball on air. Credit: Wire Image
Fernando Torres controls ball on air. Credit: Wire Image

Transfer: Liverpool to Chelsea

Fee: £50m

Year: 2011

15. David Luiz

David Luiz could not confine his joy after netting against his former employers as PSG knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League. Photo: Getty Images
David Luiz could not confine his joy after netting against his former employers as PSG knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League. Photo: Getty Images

Transfer: Chelsea to PSG

Fee: £50m

Year: 2014

 

 

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