The 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time


We have witnessed some hefty football transfers this past summer, despite the ongoing economic crises caused by the COVID pandemic. These headline-making moves have caught our attention – and in our football news, we have often wondered about the biggest transfers. And now, yet again, we delve into the details of the 10 most expensive football transfers of all time.

To begin with, the most expensive footballer in history remains Neymar after his transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017.

Neymar left Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain for €222m (£200m), and his transfer remains the most big-budget move till date.

The Brazil international’s move was the first time a French club had claimed the world record for expensive football transfers.

In the same summer as Neymar’s move, Kylian Mbappe swapped Monaco for PSG.

And though the deal did not become permanent until 2018, it was worth €180m. And so, effectively, Neymar’s PSG teammate – Kylian Mbappe – remains the player with the second highest transfer fee of all time.

Then there are some football transfers that broke the world record in their time.

Before Neymar, for instance, Paul Pogba broke the all-time transfer record in 2016 for his Juventus-Manchester United move, costing €105m.

And before Pogba, Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 for €100m, in the most expensive transfer then.

And finally, Bale’s transfer dismantled the top spot for Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a four-year stronghold on this record. For what, you may ask – for his insanely famous move to Real Madrid from Manchester United at €94m in 2009.

Ronaldo, and many other footballers, is in this list below, of the 10 most expensive football transfers of all time:

Rank Player From To Transfer Fee Year
1 Neymar Barcelona PSG €222m 2017
2 Kylian Mbappé Monaco PSG €180m 2017
3 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Barcelona €145m 2018
4 João Félix Benfica Atletico Madrid €126m 2019
5 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Barcelona €120m 2019
6 Jack Grealish Aston Villa Manchester City €118m 2021
7 Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan Chelsea €115m 2021
8 Ousmane Dembélé Borussia Dortmund Barcelona €105m 2017
Paul Pogba Juventus Manchester United €105m 2016
10 Eden Hazard Chelsea Real Madrid €100m 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Juventus €100m 2018
Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid €100m 2013




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