The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time

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The monumental moves just keep on coming with Juventus completing a move for Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax

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 in 2016 from Juventus for €105m. Mbappe, meanwhile, moves to second on the list.

Atletico Madrid's massive outlay for Benfica's Joao Felix of €126m in July of 2019 makes the Portuguese star the third highest on our list. 

Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 puts him now fourth, while Barca's captures of France duo Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively sees them ahead of Pogba.

Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid from Chelsea for €100m plus add-ons puts him joint-tied for ninth.

Cristiano Ronaldo occupies positions nine and 11 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 Joao Felix Benfica- Atletico Madrid 2019 €126m
4 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool - Barcelona 2018 €120m (+€40m)
5 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid - Barcelona 2019 €120m
6 Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund - Barcelona 2017 €105m (+€45m)
7 Paul Pogba Juventus - Manchester United 2016 €105m
8 Gareth Bale Tottenham - Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
=9 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid - Juventus 2018 €100m
=9 Eden Hazard Chelsea - Real Madrid 2019 €100m (+€40m)
11 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United - Real Madrid 2009 €94m
12 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli - Juventus 2016 €90m
13 Neymar Santos - Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
14 Romelu Lukaku Everton - Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
15 Virgil van Dijk Southampton - Liverpol 2018 €84.5m
16 Luis Suarez Liverpool - Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
=17 James Rodriguez Monaco - Real Madrid 2014 €80m
=17 Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao - Chelsea 2018 €80m
=17 Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid - Bayern Munich 2019 €80m
20 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid - Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
21 Zinedine Zidane Juventus - Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
22 Matthijs de Ligt Ajax - Juventus 2019 €75m (+€10.5m)
=23 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg - Manchester City 2015 €75m
=23 Frenkie de Jong Ajax-Barcelona 2019 €75m
25 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid - Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
26 Alisson Becker Roma - Liverpool 2018 €73m
=27 Luka Jovic Frankfurt - Real Madrid 2019 €70m
=27 Rodri Atletico Madrid - Manchester City 2019 €70m
29 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter - Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
30 Raheem Sterling Liverpool - Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
31 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City - Manchester City 2019 €67.8m
32 Diego Costa Chelsea - Atletico Madrid 2018 €66m
=33 Thomas Lemar Monaco - Atletico Madrid 2018 €65m
=33 Kaka AC Milan - Real Madrid 2009 €65m
=33 Aymeric Laporte Athletic Bilbao - Manchester City 2018 €65m
36 Edinson Cavani Napoli - PSG 2013 €64.5m
37 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal 2018 €63.75m
38 David Luiz Chelsea - PSG 2014 €62.5m
39 Angel Di Maria Manchester United - PSG 2015 €61.6m
40 Oscar Chelsea - Shanghai SIPG 2017 €60.3m
=41 Naby Keita RB Leipzig - Liverpool 2018 €60m
=41 Luis Figo Barcelona - Real Madrid 2000 €60m
43 Tanguy Ndombele Lyon -Tottenham 2019 €60m
44 Fernando Torres Liverpool - Chelsea 2011 €59m
=45 Fred Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester United 2018 €58.9m
=45 Jorginho Napoli - Chelsea 2018 €58.9m
47 Hulk Zenit - Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
48 Benjamin Mendy Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
49 John Stones Everton - Manchester City 2016 €58m
50 Kyle Walker Tottenham - Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
51 Hernan Crespo Parma - Lazio 2000 €55m
52 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon - Arsenal 2017 €53m (+€7m)
53 Gianluigi Buffon Parma - Juventus 2001 €52m
54 Eliaquim Mangala Porto - Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
=55 Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Donetsk - Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
=55 Bernardo Silva Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €50m
=55 Fabinho Monaco - Liverpool 2018 €50m
=55 Eder Militao Porto - Real Madrid 2019 €50m
=55 Aaron Wan-Bissaka Crystal Palace - Manchester United 2019 €50m
60 Anthony Martial Monaco - Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
61 Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City - Everton 2017 €49.2m
62 Christian Vieri Lazio - Inter 1999 €49m
63 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia - Lazio 2001 €48m
64 Ferland Mendy Lyon - Real Madrid 2019 €48m
65 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid - Arsenal 2013 €47m
=66 Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio - Manchester United 2001 €46m
=66 Rio Ferdinand Leeds United - Manchester United 2002 €46m
=66 Ronaldo Inter - Real Madrid 2002 €46m
=66 Juan Mata Chelsea - Manchester United 2014 €46m
=66 Douglas Costa Bayern Munich - Juventus 2017 €46m
71 Christian Benteke Aston Villa - Liverpool 2015 €45.8m
=72 James Rodriguez Porto - Monaco 2013 €45m
=72 Joao Mario Sporting Lisbon - Inter 2016 €45m
=72 Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach - Arsenal 2016 €45m
=72 Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco - Chelsea 2017 €45m
=72 Richarlison Watford - Everton 2018 €45m
=72 Vinicius Junior Flamengo - Real Madrid 2018 €45m
=72 Rodrygo Santos - Real Madrid 2019 €45m
=72 Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid - Chelsea 2019 €45m
=72 Sebastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt - West Ham 2019 €45m
81 Nemanja Matic Chelsea - Manchester United 2017 €44.7m
82 Youri Tielemans Monaco - Leicester City 2019 €44.6m
83 Leroy Sane Schalke - Manchester City 2016 €44m
84 Andriy Schevchenko AC Milan - Chelsea 2006 €43.9m
=85 Robinho Real Madrid - Manchester City 2008 €43m
=85 Radamel Falcao Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2013 €43m
87 Alexis Sanchez Barcelona - Arsenal 2014 €42.5m
=88 Rui Costa Fiorentina - AC Milan 2001 €42m
=88 Javier Pastore Palermo - PSG 2011 €42m
=88 Thiago Silva AC Milan - PSG 2012 €42m
=88 Jackson Martinez Atletico Madrid - Guangzhou Evergrande 2016 €42m
=88 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund - Manchester United 2016 €42m
=88 Mohamed Salah Roma - Liverpool 2017 €42m
=88 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus - AC Milan 2017 €42m
=95 Lilian Thuram Parma - Juventus 2001 €41.5m
=95 Corentin Tolisso Lyon - Bayern Munich 2017 €41.5m
97 Andy Carroll Newcastle United - Liverpool 2011 €41.3m
=100 Pavel Nedved Lazio - Juventus 2001 €41.2m
=100 Shkodran Mustafi Valencia - Arsenal 2016 €41.2m
=100 Sadio Mane Southampton - Liverpool 2016 €41.2m

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 20 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


Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao

For a long time, former Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon held this mark having joined the Turin outfit from Parma for €52m, which is a colossal fee when inflation is taken into account.

Then with a matter of weeks, the record was shattered twice. First Liverpool brought in Roma's Alisson Becker for €73m, to temporarily take the mark as the world's most expensive keeper.

Not to be outdone, Chelsea matched Kepa Arrizabalaga's €80m release clause with Athletic Bilbao not even a month later, meaning the Spain international has quickly dethroned Alisson for the No.1 spot in transfer history. 


Biggest transfer outside of Europe


Oscar Shanghai SIPG

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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