Just a year after Manchester United broke the bank to resign Paul Pogba from Juventus, PSG has taken up the mantle of the club that has had to cough up the most amount of money in history to sign a single player.
According to reports, Brazilian star Neymar has made the switch from Barcelona to PSG in a move that has made him richer by at least 190 million pounds. Football transfers have always been expensive affairs but, in the past few years, we have seen these transactions involving utterly ridiculous amounts of money. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most expensive players in football, for now.
Neymar (Barcelona to PSG, €222 million)
Brazilian star Neymar is one step closer of creating history as he is no longer a Barcelona player after the Spanish giants accepted a payment of €222 million. Now, the 25-year old is set to sign for Paris St-Germain for a world record fee.
Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, €105 million)
France midfielder Paul Pogba rejoined Manchester United from Serie A club Juventus on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further one year. The Old Trafford club splashed out a world record fee of 89 million pounds (€105 million).Pogba was United’s fourth and the last signing in the 2016-17 season. Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the other three players to join United that season.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, €94 million)
Real Madrid managed to convince Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur to sell Gareth Bale. Bale’s signing, which was €100.8 million, surpassed Madrid’s previous record of €94 million when they bought Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009. Bale had signed a six-year deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid, €94 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid from Premier League club Manchester United was finalised after then manager Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to sell the Portuguese winger. He then joined the Spanish giants for a whopping amount of €94 million. Ronaldo had signed a six-year contract.amount of €94 million. Ronaldo had signed a six-year contract.
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus, €90 million)
Juventus completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli after accepting his €90 million release clause in, making it the most expensive transfer in the history of Italian football.Criticised for his move from Napoli to Juventus, Napoli signed a five-year deal.
Neymar (Santos to Barcelona, €86.2 million)
Barcelona completed Neymar’s move from Santos for €86.2 million. After clearing the medical tests, the Brazilian striker had signed a five-year deal.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United, €84.8 million)
Premier League club Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League season. The Everton striker signed a five-year contract with the Old Trafford club. The Belgian joined the Red Devils for an amount of €84.8 million.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona, €82.3 million)
Luis Suarez joined Barcelona after Liverpool agreed to sell the striker for a fee amount of €82.3 million. The Uruguayan signed a five-year deal with the Spanish club.
James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid, €82.3 million)
Real Madrid signed Colombia forward James Rodriguez for an amount of €82.3 million. Highest scorer of 2014 World Cup, Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with the Spanish giants.