Ever wondered how much the football clubs pay each other to move these superstars to play for them in a different country or in a different club. Trust us, you will be taken aback. Let us dive right in and look at the top ten football transfers in the history of the game of football.
10. Eden Hazard - €100 million
When Eden Hazard was on the top of his game for Chelsea he was finally bought by the Madrid Giants for a whooping sum of €100m and another €40m in add ons in 2019. Hazard was seen as the natural replacement for Ronaldo who had been sold to Juventus.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo - €100 million
After becoming Madrid’s all time highest scorer and winning loads of trophies with them including three back to back champions league titles, Cristiano Ronaldo at the age of 33 in 2018 was sold to Juventus for around €100 million. This was one of the most shocking transfers as many thought Ronaldo would retire there after having achieved so much in the Spanish capital.
8. Gareth Bale - €100.8 million
In 2013, Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid by Tottenham Hotspur in what was the most expensive transfer of that time. Gareth Bale was at the prime of his game and his speed, his attacking style, his flair had taken the world by storm and Real Madrid was quick to pounce on the superstar. This would be one of the most successful transfers of all time as he helped them in winning many titles and had a major role along with Ronaldo in them winning three back to back champions leagues titles.
7. Paul Pogba - €105 million
Paul Pogba was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United back in 2016 for a whooping sum of €105 million - the highest ever transfer fee paid for a midfielder and also in what was the highest ever transfer fee paid in the English Premier League by a club. He was at the top of his game (and still is) and has had his highs and lows at United but there is no doubt about his ability, potential and talent and is still one of the best midfielders in the game.
6. Ousmane Dembele €105 million
In 2017 Ousmane Dembele was transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in a highly speculative move where he was transferred for a sum of €105 million plus another 45 million in add ons and incentives. The move has had its questions over the years but raised quite a fury when it did happen.
5. Antoine Greizmann €120 million
Antoine Greizman had made quite a name for himself back when he was playing for Atletico Madrid. Dodging defenders for fun, scoring goals week in week out and breaking defenses with his amazing talent he was on the transfer list of most clubs and then in 2018 rival club Barcelona made Atletico Madrid an offer of €120 million for the French Star - and offer which they could not refuse and had to sell him to Barcelona.
4. Philippe Coutinho - €120 million
Philippe Coutinho was the player to watch out for when he was playing for liverpool. He was the backbone of their attack and a very influential player and someone who just played some beautiful football and made some beautiful passes and shots. Naturally, he too was on the transfer list of many major clubs all across the world when he finally was poached by Barcelona for a sum of €120 million and another €40 million in add ons and take ons. The move seriously was a flop and Barcelona later had to transfer him on loan to German Giants Bayern Munich just to pay him his weekly wages. This move is still costing Barcelona in millions and can easily be in the list of top 5 most unsuccessful moves in the history of the game.
3. Joao Felix - €126 million
After having sold Griezmann to Barcelona for €120 million to Barcelona, Atheltico Madrid wanted some firepower to back up their gone influential striker and that's when they decided to invest in the much talked about young Portugese sensation Joao Felix. He was transferred from Benfica to Atletico Madrid in 2019 for somewhere around €126 million making it the third highest transfer fee ever paid in the history of the game. The move has been highly successful and Atletico Madrid have just won the La liga after 7 years with him in the ranks.
2. Kylian Mbappe - €145 million
In 2017 Kylian Mbappe was one of the most sought after players in the world of football. Although he was just 18 years of age, it was like the world knew that this guy would be a superstar if he is not already one. After much trying and much speculation, he was finally grabbed by his boyhood club - Paris Saint German (PSG) and would go on to become the second highest transfer in the history of the game for a sum of € 145 million and another 35 million in add ons and take ons. He was initially transferred on loan with a compulsory buy out option in order to keep with FIFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
1. Neymar Jr - €222 million
Yes! You read that right! €222 million and that too for only one player. Neymar Jr was the hottest thing in the game after Ronaldo and Messi and was having the time of his life while playing the likes of Messi and Suarez at Barcelona, creating chances and scoring for fun in almost every game he played in and that's when French Giants PSG who had always been keeping them on their wishlist finally could poach him up for what would go on to be the highest transfer fee ever paid for the transfer of a footballer from one club to another and boy this is gonna take some beating and we don't see this amount being matched in the many many years to come.