The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time

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The monumental moves just keep on coming with Atletico Madrid splashing the cash for France and Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar

Neymar completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering fee of €222 million  in the summer of 2017 and the big deals haven't stopped since, with Kylian Mbappe joining him in Paris  for €145m plus €35m in bonuses.

As a result of his move to the French capital, the Brazilian is now the most expensive player of all time, having smashed the previous record held by Manchester United's Paul Pogba, who arrived at Old Trafford last summer from Juventus for €105m. Mbappe, meanwhile, moves to second on the list.

Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January puts him third on the list, while Barca's capture of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for €105m plus add-ons sees him ahead of Pogba in the top five.

Cristiano Ronaldo occupies positions seven and eight on the list, with his move to Juventus in the summer of 2018 eclipsing the cost of his transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United nine years earlier.

Pos. Player Clubs Year Fee
1 Neymar Barcelona - PSG 2017 €222m
2 Kylian Mbappe Monaco - PSG 2017 €145m (+€35m)
3 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool - Barcelona 2018 €120m (+€40m)
4 Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund - Barcelona 2017 €105m (+€45)
5 Paul Pogba Juventus - Manchester United 2016 €105m
6 Gareth Bale Tottenham - Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
7 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid - Juventus 2018 €100m
8 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United - Real Madrid 2009 €94m
9 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli - Juventus 2016 €90m
10 Neymar Santos - Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
11 Romelu Lukaku Everton - Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
12 Virgil van Dijk Southampton - Liverpol 2018 €84.5m
13 Luis Suarez Liverpool - Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
14 James Rodriguez Monaco - Real Madrid 2014 €80m
15 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid - Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
16 Zinedine Zidane Juventus - Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
17 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg - Manchester City 2015 €75m
18 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid - Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
19 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter - Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
20 Raheem Sterling Liverpool - Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
21 Diego Costa Chelsea - Atletico Madrid 2018 €66m
=22 Thomas Lemar Monaco - Atletico Madrid 2018 €65m
=22 Kaka AC Milan - Real Madrid 2009 €65m
=22 Aymeric Laporte Athletic Bilbao - Manchester City 2018 €65m
25 Edinson Cavani Napoli - PSG 2013 €64.5m
26 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal 2018 €63.75m
27 David Luiz Chelsea - PSG 2014 €62.5m
28 Angel Di Maria Manchester United - PSG 2015 €61.6m
29 Oscar Chelsea - Shanghai SIPG 2017 €60.3m
=30 Naby Keita RB Leipzig - Liverpool 2018 €60m
=30 Luis Figo Barcelona - Real Madri 2000 €60m
32 Fernando Torres Liverpool - Chelsea 2011 €59m
33 Hulk Zenit - Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
34 Benjamin Mendy Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
35 John Stones Everton - Manchester City 2016 €58m
36 Kyle Walker Tottenham - Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
37 Hernan Crespo Parma - Lazio 2000 €55m
38 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon - Arsenal 2017 €53m (+€7m)
39 Gianluigi Buffon Parma - Juventus 2001 €52m
40 Eliaquim Mangala Porto - Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
=41 Alex Teixera Shakhtar Donetsk - Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
=41 Bernardo Silva Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €50m
=41 Fabinho Monaco - Liverpool 2018 €50m
44 Anthony Martial Monaco - Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
45 Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City - Everton 2017 €49.2m
46 Christian Vieri Lazio - Inter 1999 €49m
47 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia - Lazio 2001 €48m
48 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid - Arsenal 2013 €47m
=49 Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio - Manchester United 2001 €46m
=49 Rio Ferdinand Leeds United - Manchester United 2002 €46m
=49 Ronaldo Inter - Real Madrid 2002 €46m
=49 Juan Mata Chelsea - Manchester United 2014 €46m
=49 Douglas Costa Bayern Munich - Juventus 2017 €46m
54 Christian Benteke Aston Villa - Liverpool 2015 €45.8m
=55 James Rodriguez Porto - Monaco 2013 €45m
=55 Joao Mario Sporting Lisbon - Inter 2016 €45m
=55 Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach - Arsenal 2016 €45m
=55 Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco - Chelsea 2017 €45m
=55 Vinicius Junior Flamengo - Real Madrid 2018 €45m
60 Nemanja Matic Chelsea - Manchester United 2017 €44.7m
61 Leroy Sane Schalke - Manchester City 2016 €44m
62 Andriy Schevchenko AC Milan - Chelsea 2006 €43.9m
=63 Robinho Real Madrid - Manchester City 2008 €43m
=63 Radamel Falcao Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2013 €43m
65 Alexis Sanchez Barcelona - Arsenal 2014 €42.5m
=66 Rui Costa Fiorentina 2001 €42m
=66 Javier Pastore Palermo - PSG 2011 €42m
=66 Thiago Silva AC Milan - PSG 2012 €42m
=66 Jackson Martinez Atletico Madrid - Guangzhou Evergrande 2016 €42m
=66 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund - Manchester United 2016 €42m
=66 Mohamed Salah Roma - Liverpool 2017 €42m
=66 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus - AC Milan 2017 €42m
=73 Lilian Thuram Parma - Juventus 2001 €41.5m
=73 Corentin Tolisso Lyon - Bayern Munich 2017 €41.5m
75 Andy Carroll Newcastle United - Liverpool 2011 €41.3m
=76 Pavel Nedved Lazio - Juventus 2001 €41.2m
=76 Shkodran Mustafi Valencia - Arsenal 2016 €41.2m
=76 Sadio Mane Southampton - Liverpool 2016 €41.2m
=79 Marc Overmars Arsenal - Barcelona 2000 €41m
=79 Roberto Firmino Hoffenheim - Liverpool 2015 €41m
=81 David Villa Valencia - Barcelona 2010 €40m
=81 Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid - Manchester City 2011 €40m
=81 Radamel Falcao Porto - Atletico Madrid 2011 €40m
=81 Hulk Porto - Zenit 2012 €40m
=81 Eden Hazard Lille - Chelsea 2012 €40m
=81 Javi Martinez Athletic Bilbao - Bayern Munich 2012 €40m
=81 Axel Witsel Benfica - Zenit 2012 €40m
=81 Fernandinho Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 2013 €40m
=81 Federico Bernardeschi Fiorentina - Juventus 2017 €40m
=81 Paulinho Guangzhou Evergrande - Barcelona 2017 €40m
=81 Ederson Benfica - Manchester City 2017 €40m
92 David Luiz PSG - Chelsea 2016 €39.6m
93 Didier Drogba Marseille - Chelsea 2004 €39.5m
=94 Michy Batshuayi Marseille - Chelsea 2016 €39m
=94 Antonio Rudiger Roma - Chelsa 2017 €39m
=96 Michael Essien Lyon - Chelsea 2005 €38m
=96 Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid - Liverpool 2007 €38m
=96 Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham - Manchester United 2008 €38m
=96 Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid - Napoli 2013 €38m
=96 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid - Chelsea 2014 €38m
=96 Eric Bailly Villarreal - Manchester United 2016 €38m
=96 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich 2016 €38m
=96 Andre Silva Porto - AC Milan 2017 €38m
=96 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal - Liverpool 2017 €38m

Most expensive British player


Gareth Bale Perez Real Madrid

As illustrated above, while Neymar and Pogba's recent moves saw Gareth Bale slip to third in the all-time standings, the Wales international remains the most expensive British player of all time, thanks to his €100.8m move to Real Madrid in 2013.

The costliest English player in history, incidentally, is Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who joined from Liverpool in 2015 for €69.1m.


Most expensive teenager


Kylian Mbappe France 2017

After joining PSG, Mbappe not only became the second-most expensive player of all time, he also became the most expensive teenager ever.

The Monaco wonderkid joined PSG on a loan-to-buy deal that will be worth €180m after bonuses – not bad for a player who only turned 19 last December!


Most expensive defender


Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender of all time when Liverpool forked out a fee worth £84.5m to Southampton for the Netherlands international's services in 2018.

His move from the Saints to Anfield completely blew the previous record - David Luiz's  €62.5m move to PSG from Chelsea - out of the water.


Most expensive goalkeeper


Gianluigi Buffon Juventus

City also nearly made history with Ederson, who joined from Benfica for a whopping €40m, but Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper ever - 16 years after he joined from Parma for €52m, which is a colossal fee when inflation is taken into account.

The Italy icon looks set to hold on to that particular title for a while yet but the insane thing is that it now seems only like a matter of time before further transfer records fall.


Biggest transfer outside of Europe


Oscar Shanghai SIPG

Indeed, the most a non-European club has ever paid for a player is €60.3m, which Shanghai SIPG handed over to Chelsea for Brazil midfielder Oscar in 2016.

However, with the way the market is going, who knows which record will be shattered next?!

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