The 100 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

Published February 26th, 2018 - 10:13 GMT
The monumental moves just keep on coming with Barcelona making Philippe Coutinho one of the most expensive transfers in history
The monumental moves just keep on coming with Barcelona making Philippe Coutinho one of the most expensive transfers in history

Neymar completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering fee of €222 million in the summer of 2017 and the big deals haven't stopped since, with Kylian Mbappe joining him in Paris  for €145m plus €35m in bonuses.

As a result of his move to the French capital, the Brazilian is now the most expensive player of all time, having smashed the previous record held by Manchester United's Paul Pogba, who arrived at Old Trafford last summer from Juventus for €105m. Mbappe, meanwhile, moves to second on the list.

Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona this January puts him third on the list, while Barca's capture of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for €105m plus add-ons sees him ahead of Pogba in the top five.

1NeymarBarcelona - PSG2017€222m
2Kylian MbappeMonaco - PSG2017€145m (+€35m)
3Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool - Barcelona2018€120m (+€40m)
4Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund - Barcelona2017€105m (+€45)
5Paul PogbaJuventus - Manchester United2016€105m
6Gareth BaleTottenham - Real Madrid2013€100.8m
7Cristiano RonaldoManchester United - Real Madrid2009€94m
8Gonzalo HiguainNapoli - Juventus2016€90m
9NeymarSantos - Barcelona2013€86.2m
10Romelu LukakuEverton - Manchester United2017€84.8m
11Virgil van DijkSouthampton - Liverpol2018€84.5m
12Luis SuarezLiverpool - Barcelona2014€82.3m
13James RodriguezMonaco - Real Madrid2014€80m
14Alvaro MorataReal Madrid - Chelsea2017€78.9m
15Zinedine ZidaneJuventus - Real Madrid2001€77.5m
16Kevin De BruyneWolfsburg - Manchester City2015€75m
17Angel Di MariaReal Madrid - Manchester United2014€74.6m
18Zlatan IbrahimovicInter - Barcelona2009€69.5m
19Raheem SterlingLiverpool - Manchester City2015€69.1m
20Diego CostaChelsea - Atletico Madrid2018€66m
=21KakaAC Milan - Real Madrid2009€65m
=21Aymeric LaporteAthletic Bilbao - Manchester City2018€65m
23Edinson CavaniNapoli - PSG2013€64.5m
24Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund - Arsenal2018€63.75m
25David LuizChelsea - PSG2014€62.5m
26Angel Di MariaManchester United - PSG2015€61.6m
27OscarChelsea - Shanghai SIPG2017€60.3m
28Luis FigoBarcelona - Real Madri2000€60m
29Fernando TorresLiverpool - Chelsea2011€59m
30HulkZenit - Shanghai SIPG2016€58.6m
31Benjamin MendyMonaco - Manchester City2017€58.2m
32John StonesEverton - Manchester City2016€58m
33Kyle WalkerTottenham - Manchester City2017€56.7m
34Hernan CrespoParma - Lazio2000€55m
35Alexandre LacazetteLyon - Arsenal2017€53m (+€7m)
36Gianluigi BuffonParma - Juventus2001€52m
37Eliaquim MangalaPorto - Manchester City2014€51.7m
=38Alex TeixeraShakhtar Donetsk - Jiangsu Suning2016€50m
=38Bernardo SilvaMonaco - Manchester City2017€50m
40Anthony MartialMonaco - Manchester United2015€49.3m
41Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea City - Everton2017€49.2m
42Christian VieriLazio - Inter1999€49m
43Gaizka MendietaValencia - Lazio2001€48m
44Mesut OzilReal Madrid - Arsenal2013€47m
=45Juan Sebastian VeronLazio - Manchester United2001€46m
=45Rio FerdinandLeeds United - Manchester United2002€46m
=45RonaldoInter - Real Madrid2002€46m
=45Juan MataChelsea - Manchester United2014€46m
=45Douglas CostaBayern Munich - Juventus2017€46m
50Christian BentekeAston Villa - Liverpool2015€45.8m
=51James RodriguezPorto - Monaco2013€45m
=51Joao MarioSporting Lisbon - Inter2016€45m
=51Granit XhakaBorussia Monchengladbach - Arsenal2016€45m
=51Tiemoue BakayokoMonaco - Chelsea2017€45m
=51Vinicius JuniorFlamengo - Real Madrid2018€45m
56Nemanja MaticChelsea - Manchester United2017€44.7m
57Leroy SaneSchalke - Manchester City2016€44m
58Andriy SchevchenkoAC Milan - Chelsea2006€43.9m
=59RobinhoReal Madrid - Manchester City2008€43m
=59Radamel FalcaoAtletico Madrid - Monaco2013€43m
61Alexis SanchezBarcelona - Arsenal2014€42.5m
=62Rui CostaFiorentina2001€42m
=62Javier PastorePalermo - PSG2011€42m
=62Thiago SilvaAC Milan - PSG2012€42m
=62Jackson MartinezAtletico Madrid - Guangzhou Evergrande2016€42m
=62Henrikh MkhitaryanBorussia Dortmund - Manchester United2016€42m
=62Mohamed SalahRoma - Liverpool2017€42m
=62Leonardo BonucciJuventus - AC Milan2017€42m
=69Lilian ThuramParma - Juventus2001€41.5m
=69Corentin TolissoLyon - Bayern Munich2017€41.5m
71Andy CarrollNewcastle United - Liverpool2011€41.3m
=72Pavel NedvedLazio - Juventus2001€41.2m
=72Shkodran MustafiValencia - Arsenal2016€41.2m
=72Sadio ManeSouthampton - Liverpool2016€41.2m
=75Marc OvermarsArsenal - Barcelona2000€41m
=75Roberto FirminoHoffenheim - Liverpool2015€41m
=77David VillaValencia - Barcelona2010€40m
=77Sergio AgueroAtletico Madrid - Manchester City2011€40m
=77Radamel FalcaoPorto - Atletico Madrid2011€40m
=77HulkPorto - Zenit2012€40m
=77Eden HazardLille - Chelsea2012€40m
=77Javi MartinezAthletic Bilbao - Bayern Munich2012€40m
=77Axel WitselBenfica - Zenit2012€40m
=77FernandinhoShakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City2013€40m
=77Federico BernardeschiFiorentina - Juventus2017€40m
=77PaulinhoGuangzhou Evergrande - Barcelona2017€40m
=77EdersonBenfica - Manchester City2017€40m
88David LuizPSG - Chelsea2016€39.6m
89Didier DrogbaMarseille - Chelsea2004€39.5m
=90Michy BatshuayiMarseille - Chelsea2016€39m
=90Antonio RudigerRoma - Chelsa2017€39m
=92Michael EssienLyon - Chelsea2005€38m
=92Fernando TorresAtletico Madrid - Liverpool2007€38m
=92Dimitar BerbatovTottenham - Manchester United2008€38m
=92Gonzalo HiguainReal Madrid - Napoli2013€38m
=92Diego CostaAtletico Madrid - Chelsea2014€38m
=92Eric BaillyVillarreal - Manchester United2016€38m
=92Mats HummelsBorussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich2016€38m
=92Andre SilvaPorto - AC Milan2017€38m
=92Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenal - Liverpool2017€38m

Most expensive British player

As illustrated above, while Neymar and Pogba's recent moves saw Gareth Bale slip to third in the all-time standings, the Wales international remains the most expensive British player of all time, thanks to his €100.8m move to Real Madrid in 2013.

The costliest English player in history, incidentally, is Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who joined from Liverpool in 2015 for €69.1m.

Most expensive teenager

After joining PSG, Mbappe not only became the second-most expensive player of all time, he also became the most expensive teenager ever.

The Monaco wonderkid joined PSG on a loan-to-buy deal that will be worth €180m after bonuses – not bad for a player who only turned 19 last December!

Most expensive defender

Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender of all time when Liverpool forked out a fee worth £84.5m to Southampton for the Netherlands international's services in 2018.

His move from the Saints to Anfield completely blew the previous record - David Luiz's  €62.5m move to PSG from Chelsea - out of the water.

Most expensive goalkeeper

City also nearly made history with Ederson, who joined from Benfica for a whopping €40m, but Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper ever - 16 years after he joined from Parma for €52m, which is a colossal fee when inflation is taken into account.

The Italy icon looks set to hold on to that particular title for a while yet but the insane thing is that it now seems only like a matter of time before further transfer records fall.

Biggest transfer outside of Europe

Indeed, the most a non-European club has ever paid for a player is €60.3m, which Shanghai SIPG handed over to Chelsea for Brazil midfielder Oscar in 2016.

However, with the way the market is going, who knows which record will be shattered next?!

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