Football is not just a game, it is a religion. Ever heard it? Well if yes, you have heard it right. Football covers a number of countries all around the world, but more than countries, Football is known for its associations where expensive transfers is now a common trend. Yes, your favourite players Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Paul Pogba are in the list of greatest transfers. The first ever recorded record football transfer was of Willie Groves from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for £100 in the year 1893. Ever since then, we have seen alot many transfers.
Today, we have come up with the list of 10 most expensive transfers in the history of Football.
1. Neymar Jr (€222 million)
From Barcelona to PSG
Neymar Jr holds the record of the most expensive football player of the time with the greatest ever football transfer of a whopping €222 million, from Barcelona to Paris st. Germany (PSG) this year in 2017. This amount is more than even the double of any other player. Neymar is currently one of the three most prominent players including Messi & Ronaldo. His transfer from Barcelona to PSG was shocking to the World and emotional for his Barcelona team members.
2. Paul Pogba (€105 million)
From Juventus to Manchester United
Paul Pogba is undoubtedly a big name in the world of Football. He has emerged as one of the best central midfielders in the World. Despite leaving his old club Manchester United for free, he has returned to the same with a record fee transfer of €105 million in 2016. Previously, he used to play for the club Juventus. The French star footballer has been named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the year and 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI.
3. Ousman Dembele (€105 million)
From Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona
A yet another French professional footballer in the list. Practically, he is at second place together with Paul Pogba. Just because he was transferred later, he is third in the list. Barcelona paid €105 million this year to get him in the team. Dembele started his career in Rennes, joined Dortmund in the year 2016. He has been handed the number 11 Jersey, that was held previously by Neymar. Let’s see, if Barcelona has a new Neymar.
4. Gerath Bale (€100 million)
From Tottenham to Real Madrid
Gerath Bale is a Wales Professional football player, often crowned as one of the fastest footballers. Before coming to Real Madrid in 2014, he had a wonderful spell, including the famous hatrick against Inter Milan. His magical time includes several iconic goals, especially the one against Barcelona in 2014. Gerath Bale was transferred from Tottenham to Real Madrid for €100 million. Bale makes the Real Madrid’s ‘BBC trio’ along with Benzema and Ronaldo.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (€94 million)
From Manchester United to Real Madrid
Ronaldo requires no introduction, he is considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Real Madrid star has won 4 times Ballon d’ores and several other titles. The year 2009 witnessed the transfer of the 24-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo at the cost of €94 million, from Manchester United to Real Madrid.Ronaldo had won almost every team and individual award during his time in Spain. Even currently, at 32, he is one of the top two football players in the world.
6. Gonzalo Higuain (€90 million)
From Napoli to Juventus
Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentine player, plays for Italian club Juventus as a striker. 2015-16 was a great season for Higuain, he had scored 36 goals in 35 serie A appearances for Napoli. Juventus paid the amount of €90 million, to get him into the club, in 2016. Gonzalo Higuain has rightly proved his worth of the transfer amount. However, some people criticise him for loosing many international trophies in 2014. Today, he is known as one of the most prominent strikers in the soccer world.
7. Rumelu Lukaku (€85 million)
From Everton to Manchester United
Rumelu Lukaku is a Belgian Professional football player. He is transferred at the age of 24 this year from Everton to Manchester United for a whopping €85 million. He is a strong player who plays for Manchester United. He keeps heading high in Football to create his name as one of the greatest.
8. Luis Suarez (€82.3 million)
From Liverpool to Barcelona
Luis Suarez is a prominent name in football. Suarez, being in Liverpool had a remarkable time. He have won PFA Player of the year in 2013 as well as in 2015. Along with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr, he has had a hit attacking trio of Barcelona. Luis Suarez was transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014 for €82.3 million. He has also proved himself as one of the best European footballers, with winning the European Gold Shoe in 2016 for being the top scorer (40) in the continent.
9. James Rodriguez (€79.8 million)
From AS Monaco to Real Madrid
James Rodriguez was just transferred at the age of 23, for €79.8 million in 2014. He is a Colombian Professional footballer, plays as winger or attacking midfielder. James was loaned to Bayern Munich on a 2 year deal in July 2017. This deal is considered as fruitful for James because in Real Madrid he was not getting much chances to play.
10. Zinadine Zidane (€77.5 million)
From Juventus to Real Madrid
Zinadine Zidane is a real football gem. Being a star football player to a phenomenal coach, he has been one of the most influential personalities in football. He was a professional french footballer, as attacking midfielder. Real Madrid paid €77.5 million to Zinadine Zidane in 2001 from Juventus to Real Madrid. He is the only person in the world who has won FIFA player of the year as well as FIFA coach of the year- two of the most prestigious titles. He is currently the manager of Spanish club Real Madrid.