The 25 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

The 25 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

Have you ever wondered who are the players who have been the 25 most expensive football transfers of all time? Us too! Let’s find out together!

This past football transfer window, which ended with August, has been one of the craziest, most dramatic, and headline-worthy ones. This summer, we witnessed some of the biggest football transfers ever. From loyal Lionel Messi leaving his beloved Barcelona after 21 years for Paris Saint-Germain, to Cristiano Ronaldo returning to his beloved Manchester United from Juventus, this summer has seen it all.

Speaking of Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisian club has inspired the biggest, most scandalous breaking news this summer transfer window. They have acquired, beside Messi, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Georginio Wijnaldum, and presented a world-class team recently.

Ironically, some of the most ludicrous football transfers have transpired after the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and its economies.

For one example, Jack Grealish moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100 million. And this sum was a record-breaking transfer fee in the entire history of Premier League, as our football news covered.

Now, though, without further ado, let’s explore which clubs coughed up the most funds for which players!

The 25 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time:

Pos. Player Clubs Year Fee
1 Neymar Barcelona – PSG 2017 €222m
2 Kylian Mbappe Monaco – PSG 2017 €145m (+€35m)
3 Joao Felix Benfica – Atletico Madrid 2019 €126m
4 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool – Barcelona 2018 €120m (+€40m)
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid – Barcelona 2019 €120m
6 Jack Grealish Aston Villa – Manchester City 2021 €117m
7 Romelu Lukaku Inter – Chelsea 2021 €115m
8 Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund – Barcelona 2017 €105m (+€45m)
Paul Pogba Juventus – Manchester United 2016 €105m
10 Gareth Bale Tottenham – Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
11 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid – Juventus 2018 €100m
Eden Hazard Chelsea – Real Madrid 2019 €100m (+€40m)
13 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United – Real Madrid 2009 €94m
14 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli – Juventus 2016 €90m
15 Harry Maguire Leicester City – Manchester United 2019 €87.1m
16 Neymar Santos – Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
17 Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United 2021 €85m
18 Romelu Lukaku Everton – Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
19 Virgil van Dijk Southampton – Liverpool 2018 €84.5m
20 Luis Suarez Liverpool – Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
21 James Rodriguez Monaco – Real Madrid 2014 €80m
Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club – Chelsea 2018 €80m
Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid – Bayern Munich 2019 €80m
Romelu Lukaku Manchester United – Inter 2019 €80m
25 Nicolas Pepe Lille – Arsenal 2019 €79m


This list, however, is one of the most recent ones we could source, from, updated on August 13th, 2021. Wikipedia might be a more reliable reference point. However, they have updated their list, which you can preview here, on August 12th, 2021.


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