Why are players bought at high transfer fees, there are unbelievable figures in the most expensive transfers in football historical records.
The transfer window is opened at intervals in a season and clubs tend to use these periods to strengthen the squad by buying quality players.
Meanwhile, players appreciate in value when they remain in form and make a significant impact on the club’s success. Football managers can pay a reasonable amount for a good player, but some players are not just good, they are spectacular stars and record breakers. The likes of Mbappe and Neymar Jnr. fall into this category.
It was in 1979 that we saw Trevor Francis become the first player that cost a transfer fee of £1 million, this is historical but we have seen players bought at a crazy fee of over £100+ million. This time on delightarena sports updates we have taken time to evaluate the list of the most expensive transfers in football.
Top 10 most expensive transfers in football – The List
|1||Neymar Jnr.||€222.00m||Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain||2017|
|2||Kylian Mbappe||€145.00m||Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain||2018|
|3||Philippe Coutinho||€135.00m||Benfica to Atletico Madrid||2017|
|4||Ousmane Dembele||€135.00m||Atletico Madrid to Barcelona||2017|
|5||Joao Felix||€127.20m||Liverpool to Barcelona||2019|
|6||Antoine Griezmann||€120.00m||Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona||2019|
|7||Cristiano Ronaldo||€117.00m||Real Madrid to Juventus||2018|
|8||Eden Hazard||€115.00m||Chelsea to Real Madrid||2019|
|9||Paul Pogba||€105.00m||Juventus to Man United||2016|
|10||Gareth Bale||€101.00m||Tottenham to Real Madrid||2013|
10. Gareth Bale
In 2013, Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a world record signing that cost over £86m. Popular judgment by football fans suggests that the Welshman is yet to prove that he’s worth the huge amount paid to sign him, however, he greatly influenced the Madrid Club’s Champions League victories.
9. Paul Pogba
Known for his dynamic hairstyles, Paul Pogba is a good footballer and a celebrity. The Frenchman joined Manchester United in 2016 from the Seria A club Juventus and has proven that his transfer fee was again for the Red Devils in the last five years.
8. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard was in top form during his spell at Stamford Bridge. He was rated one of the best players in the world which attracted Real Madrid to sign him in 2019.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese world soccer star had won the 2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United and also claimed the Ballon d’Or award the same year. He signed for Real Madrid a year later in a world-record signing of over £88m and was instrumental in the club’s several trophies during his nine-year term at Santiago Bernabeu. But in 2018, there was another record signing that saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner sign for Juventus.
6. Antoine Griezmann
In 2019, Griezman joined Barcelona from Athletico Madrid in a world-record signing. This was not too good for the Madrid Club because the Frenchman was one of their top strikers, however, the fee justified his value in the team.
5. Joao Felix
Joao Felix joined Athletico Madrid in 2019 from Benfica and has proven that his world record signing was a good investment for the club. He was instrumental in the club’s winning the La Liga title in 2021.
4. Ousmane Dembele
Dembele is yet to give his best for the Barcelona team due to injury. However, before signing for the Spanish giants, he was a powerhouse striker for Dortmund which led to his world record signing in 2017.
3. Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho shook the English Premier League during his term with Liverpool. He joined Barcelona in 2017 for a huge transfer fee.
2. Kylian Mbappe
When you hear the name Kylian Mbappe we reflect back to the 2018 World Cup where the youngster’s impressive display attracted the attention of most top clubs in Europe. Finally, the French forward stelled for Paris St-Germain from Monaco.
1. Neymar Jnr.
In 2017, Paris St-Germain made a bid for the Brazilian forward, although the transfer fee was one that has never been heard of in history PSG met the demand. This made Neymar da Silva Santos rank top of the most expensive transfers in football history.