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The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time

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The transfer of Brazilian football star Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 has broke all records in football history. The talented football player is now officially the most expensive player of all time, well ahead of Paul Pogba who had been transferred for last summer from Juventus for 105 million euros.

How does it compare to the most expensive football transfers of all times? Let’s find out.

100. Transfer of Javier Saviola from River Plate to Barcelona in 2001: €35.9m ($42m)

Javier Saviola transfer

97. Transfer of Ander Herrera from Athletic Club to Manchester United in 2014: €36m ($42m)

Ander Herrera transfer

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97. Transfer of Arjen Robben from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2007: €36m ($42m)

Arjen Robben transfer

97. Transfer of Hernan Crespo from Lazio to Inter in 2002: €36m ($42m)

Hernan Crespo transfer

92. Transfer of Arturo Vidal from Juventus to Bayern Munich in 2015: €37m ($44m)

Arturo Vidal transfer

92. Transfer of Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2013: €37m ($44m)

Mario Gotze transfer

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92. Transfer of Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in 2010: €37m ($44m)

Edin Dzeko transfer

92. Transfer of Wayne Rooney from Everton to Manchester United in 2004: €37m ($44m)

Wayne Rooney transfer

92. Transfer of Filippo Inzaghi from Juventus to AC Milan in 2001: €37m ($44m)

Filippo Inzaghi transfer

91. Transfer of Jackson Martinez from Porto to Atletico Madrid in 2015: €37.1m ($44m)

Jackson Martinez transfer

89. Transfer of Luke Shaw from Southampton to Manchester United in 2014: €37.5m ($44m)

Luke Shaw transfer

89. Transfer of David Beckham from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2003: €37.5m ($44m)

David Beckham transfer

81. Transfer of Andre Silva from Porto to AC Milan in 2017: €38m ($45m)

Andre Silva transfer

81. Transfer of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2016: €38m ($45m)

Mats Hummels transfer

81. Transfer of Eric Bailly from Villarreal to Manchester United in 2016: €38m ($45m)

Eric Bailly transfer

81. Transfer of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea in 2014: €38m ($45m)

Diego Costa

81. Transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid to Napoli in 2013: €38m ($45m)

Gonzalo Higuain transfer

81. Transfer of Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham to Manchester United in 2008: €38m ($45m)

Dimitar Berbatov transfer

81. Transfer of Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool in 2007: €38m ($45m)

Fernando Torres transfer

81. Transfer of Michael Essien from Lyon to Chelsea in 2005: €38m ($45m)

Michael Essien transfer

80. Transfer of Didier Drogba from Marseille to Chelsea in 2004: €38.5m ($45m)

Didier Drogba transfer

78. Transfer of Antonio Rudiger from Roma to Chelsea in 2017: €39m ($46m)

Antonio Rudiger transfer

78. Transfer of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille to Chelsea in 2016: €39m ($46m)

Michy Batshuayi transfer

77. Transfer of David Luiz from PSG to Chelsea in 2016: €39.6m ($47m)

David Luiz transfer

68. Transfer of Ederson from Benfica to Manchester City in 2017: €40m ($47m)

Ederson transfer

68. Transfer of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City in 2013: €40m ($47m)

Fernandiho transfer

68. Transfer of Eden Hazard from Lille to Chelsea in 2012: €40m ($47m)

Eden Hazard transfer

68. Transfer of Javi Martinez from Athletic Club to Bayern Munich in 2012: €40m ($47m)

Javi Martinez transfer

68. Transfer of Axel Witsel from Benfica to Zenit in 2012: €40m ($47m)

Axel Witsel transfer

68. Transfer of Hulk from Porto to Zenit in 2012: €40m ($47m)

Hulk transfer

68. Transfer of Radamel Falcao from Porto to Atletico Madrid in 2011: €40m ($47m)

Radamel Falcao transfer

68. Transfer of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City in 2011: €40m ($47m)

Sergio Aguero transfer

68. Transfer of David Villa from Valencia to Barcelona in 2010: €40m ($47m)

David Villa transfer

66. Transfer of Marc Overmars from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2001: €41m ($48m)

Marc Overmars transfer

66. Transfer of Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim to Liverpool in 2015: €41m ($48m)

Roberto Firmino transfer

63. Transfer of Sadio Mane from Southampton to Liverpool in 2016: €41.2m ($49m)

Sadio Mane transfer

63. Transfer of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia to Arsenal in 2016: €41.2m ($49m)

Shkodran Mustafi transfer

63. Transfer of Pavel Nedved from Lazio to Juventus in 2001: €41.2m ($49m)

Pavel Nedved transfer

62. Transfer of Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011: €41.3m ($49m)

Andy Carroll

60. Transfer of Corentin Tolisso from Lyon to Bayern Munich in 2017: €41.5m ($49m)

Corentin Tolisso transfer

60. Transfer of Lilian Thuram from Parma to Juventus in 2001: €41.5m ($49m)

Lilian Thuram transfer

53. Transfer of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus to AC Milan in 2017: €42m ($50m)

Leonardo Bonucci transfer

53. Transfer of Mohamed Salah from Roma to Liverpool in 2017: €42m ($50m)

Mohamed Salah transfer

53. Transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United in 2016: €42m ($50m)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer

53. Transfer of Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande in 2016: €42m ($50m)

Jackson Martinez transfer

53. Transfer of Thiago Silva from AC Milan to PSG in 2012: €42m ($50m)

Thiago Silva transfer

53. Transfer of Javier Pastore from Palermo to PSG in 2011: €42m ($50m)

Javier Pastore transfer

53. Transfer of Rui Costa from Fiorentina to AC Milan in 2001: €42m ($50m)

Rui Costa transfer

52. Transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona to Arsenal in 2014: €42.5m ($50m)

Alexis Sanchez transfer

50. Transfer of Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid to Monaco in 2013: €43m ($51m)

Radamel Falcao transfer

50. Transfer of Robinho from Real Madrid to Manchester City in 2008: €43m ($51m)

Robinho transfer

49. Transfer of Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan to Chelsea in 2006: €43.9m ($52m)

Andriy Shevchenko transfer

48. Transfer of Leroy Sane from Schalke to Manchester City in 2016: €44m ($52m)

Leroy Sane transfer

47. Transfer of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United in 2017: €44.7m ($53m)

Nemanja Matic transfer

43. Transfer of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco to Chelsea in 2017: €45m ($53m)

Tiemoue Bakayoko transfer

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43. Transfer of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal in 2016: €45m ($53m)

Granit Xhaka transfer

43. Transfer of Joao Mario from Sporting CP to Inter in 2016: €45m ($53m)

Joao Mario transfer

43. Transfer of James Rodriguez from Porto to Monaco in 2013: €45m ($53m)

James Rodriguez transfer

42. Transfer of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa to Liverpool in 2015: €45.8m ($54m)

Christian Benteke transfer

37. Transfer of Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich to Juventus in 2017: €46m ($54m)

Douglas Costa transfer

37. Transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United in 2014: €46m ($54m)

Juan Mata transfer

37. Transfer of Ronaldo from Inter to Real Madrid in 2002: €46m ($54m)

Ronaldo transfer

37. Transfer of Rio Ferdinand from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002: €46m ($54m)

Rio Ferdinand transfer

37. Transfer of Juan Sebastian Veron from Lazio to Manchester United in 2001: €46m ($54m)

Juan Sebastian Veron transfer

36. Transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal in 2013: €47m ($55m)

Mesut Ozil transfer

35. Transfer of Gaizka Mendieta from Valencia to Lazio in 2001: €48m ($57m)

Gaizka Mendieta transfer

34. Transfer of Christian Vieri from Lazio to Inter in 1999: €49m ($58m)

Christian Vieri transfer

33. Transfer of Anthony Martial from Monaco to Manchester United in 2015: €49.3m ($58m)

Anthony Martial transfer

31. Transfer of Bernardo Silva from Monaco to Manchester City in 2017: €50m ($59m)

Bernardo Silva transfer

31. Transfer of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Dontesk to Jiangsu Suning in 2016: €50m ($59m)

Alex Teixeira transfer

30. Transfer of Eliaquim Mangala from Valencia to Manchester City in 2014: €51.7m ($61m)

Eliaquim Mangala transfer

29. Transfer of Gianluigi Buffon from Parma to Juventus in 2001: €52m ($61m)

Gianluigi Buffon

28. Transfer of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon to Arsenal in 2017: €52.4m ($62m)

Alexandre Lacazette transfer

27. Transfer of Hernan Crespo from Parma to Lazio in 2000: €55m ($65m)

Hernan Crespo transfer

26. Transfer of Kyle Walker from Tottenham to Manchester City in 2017: €56.7m ($67m)

Kyle Walker transfer

25. Transfer of John Stones from Everton to Manchester City in 2016: €58m ($68m)

John Stones transfer

24. Transfer of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco to Manchester City in 2017: €58.2m ($69m)

Benjamin Mendy transfer

23. Transfer of Hulk from Zenit to Shanghai SIPG in 2016: €58.6m ($69m)

Hulk transfer

22. Transfer of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011: €59m ($70m)

Fernando Torres transfer

21. Transfer of Luis Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000: €60m ($71m)

Luis Figo transfer

20. Transfer of Oscar from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG in 2016: €60.3m ($71m)

Oscar transfer

19. Transfer of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United to PSG in 2015: €61.6m ($73m)

Angel Di Maria transfer

18. Transfer of David Luiz from Chelsea to PSG in 2014: €62.5m ($74m)

David Luiz transfer

17. Transfer of Edinson Cavani from Napol to PSG: €64.5m ($76m)

Edinson Cavani transfer

16. Transfer of Kaka from AC Milan to Real Madrid in 2009: €65m ($77m)

Kaka transfer

15. Transfer of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015: €69.1m ($82m)

Raheem Sterling transfer

14. Transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter to Barcelona in 2009: €69.5m ($82m)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic transfer

13. Transfer of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid to Manchester United in 2014: €74.6m ($88m)

Angel Di Maria transfer

12. Transfer of Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in 2015: €75m ($89m)

Kevin De Bruyne transfer

11. Transfer of Zinedine Zidane from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001: €77.5m ($91m)

Zinedine Zidane transfer

10. Transfer of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to Chelsea in 2017: €78.9m ($93m)

Alvaro Morata transfer

9. Transfer of James Rodriguez from Monaco to Real Madrid in 2014: €80m ($94m)

James Rodriguez transfer

8. Transfer of Luis Suarez from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014: €82.3m ($97m)

Luis Suarez transfer

7. Transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Everton to Manchester United in 2017: €84.8m ($100m)

Romelu Lukaku transfer

6. Transfer of Neymar from Santos to Barcelona in 2013: €86.2m ($102m)

Neymar transfer

5. Transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli to Juventus in 2016: €90m ($106m)

Gonzalo Higuain

4. Transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009: €94m ($111m)

Gonzalo Higuain transfer

Now, let’s find out the top 3… 

3. Transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013: €100.8m ($119m)

Gareth Bale transfer

2. Transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016: €105m ($124m)

Paul Pogba transfer

1. Transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017: €222m ($262m)

neymar transfer



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