Most Expensive Player Transfers in Football History

The following is the list of the Most Expensive player transfers in football history. The list contains 10 most expensive transfers which broke all transfer records.

10. Kaka (2009)


AC Milan to Real Madrid ( $ 69m )

Kaka is a Brazilian professional footballer born on 22 April, 1982. In 2003, he joined Italian club Milan for a fee of Euro 8.5 million. During his career in Milan he won a Serie A Title and the UEFA Champions League, and in 2007 he received the FIFA World Player of the year and Ballon D’or Awards.

Kaka joined Real Madrid at a transfer fee of $69 million. After playing for four seasons he returned to the club. He also won the Golden Ball Award for 2009 edition, as the tournament’s best player.


9. Angel Di Maria (2014)

Real Madrid to Manchester Utd ( $ 74.5m )

Angel Di Maria is an Argentine professional footballer born on 14 February 1988. He plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team.

After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a record of $ 74.5 million and a year later joined PSG. He scored the goal that won the country gold at the 2008 Olympics, and has also represented them at two FIFA World Cups and three Copa América tournaments, reaching the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa América, and the Copa América Centenario.


8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2009)


Inter Milan to Barcelona ( $ 73m )

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer born on 3 October 1981.  He is a prolific goalscorer, who is best known for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability.

Zlatan has signed up with man great teams but the best career he had was with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. He signed for Inter Milan and was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2009.           During his four-season stay at PSG, Ibrahimović won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de la Ligue, two Coupes de France and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. In October 2015, he became PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer.


7. James Rodriguez (2014)

Monaco to Real Madrid ( $ 78m )

Rodriguez burst onto the worldwide scene after Colombia’s success at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.             James Rodríguez born on 12 July 1991 is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger. He is commonly ranked as one of the best midfielders of his generation.

He won the Golden boot for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and also a part of Cup’s All-Star Team.


6. Neymar (2013)

Santos to Barcelona ( $ 89m )

Neymar Jr. born on 5 February, 1992 is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team. He won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League as Barça’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.

5. Luis Suarez (2014)


Liverpool to Barcelona ( $ 93m )

Luis Suarez is an Uruguayan professional Footballer born on 24 January, 1987. He plays forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguay National Team. He was Transferred from Liverpool to FC Barcelona for a fee of $93 million.

Suárez starred alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, an attacking trio dubbed MSN (Messi, Suárez, Neymar), and helped the club win the continental treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.


4. Gonzalo Higuain (2016)


Napoli to Juventus ( $ 94m )

Juventus pulled off a monster coup signing Higuain from Napoli in the summer of 2016. The price tag for the Argentina striker was steep, but with 36 Serie A for Higuain goals in 2015 … Juventus were happy to pay the big release clause.

Higuain was born on 10 December 1987 in France but gained an Argentinian Citizenship. He is an Argentinian Professional footballer and plays as a striker for Italian club Juventus.

He won three La Liga titles and score 107 goals in 190 league appearances while he was in Real Madrid. He represented the country at two FIFA World Cups and three Copa América tournaments.


3. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009)


Manchester Utd to Real Madrid ( $ 104m/€94m)

Christiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional Footballer born on 5 February, 1985. He plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team as a forward and serves as captain for Portugal Team.            He is often ranked as the best player in the world and regarded as one of the greatest of all time. He won four Ballon d’Or Awards, the most by any European player and the best Fifa player. He also won four Golden Shoes.

In  2016, Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best-paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world’s most famous athlete. He helped Manchester United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup.

2. Gareth Bale (2013)

Tottenham to Real Madrid ( $106m )

Not content with already having shattered the transfer record by signing Ronaldo, Real Madrid went ahead and did it again with the monster purchase of Bale from Spurs.                                                                            Gareth Bale born on 16 July 1989 is a Welsh Professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale played an integral role in his first season at Real Madrid, helping the club to win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. The following season he won the UEFA Super Cup and scored in a third major final to help the club win the FIFA Club World Cup.

In 2016, ESPN ranked Bale twelfth on its list of the world’s most famous athletes.


1. Paul Pogba (2016)

most expensive player transfer

Juventus to Manchester United ($ 111m )

Paul Pogba born on 5 March 1993 is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the France national team. He plays as a central midfielder and is good at both attack and defence.

Pogba helped Juventus in winning four consecutive Serie A Titles, two Coppa Italia, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. Pogba returned to the club in 2016 for a world record transfer fee of €105 million. 

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