Top 10 Most Expensive Transfers in Football History

Stars and Celebrities are not only in the Film Fraternity but Definitely in the world of football. The reason is their massive fan following and the demand they cease during the Transfer market. Clubs spend lump sum amount of money for their target player and they negotiate this with the player’s current team management and agent. Let’s take a look at top 10 most expensive football player transfers signing of all time.

10 Ricardo Kaká, £56 million (AC Milan to Real Madrid)

Ricardo Kaká - Most Expensive football Transfers

Ricardo Kaká made his debut for the Brazil national team in 2002, and was selected for their winning World Cup squad that year, as well as represented Brazil for 2006 and 2010 consecutive World Cups.

Ricardo kaka began his club career with São Paulo in 2001. In 2003 the Italian Side AC Milan signed him for 8.5€ million. At Milan Kaka scored 7 goals in 30 appearances and was finally signed by Los Blancos president Florentino Perez a record signing of  €56 million in 2009.

9  Angel Di Maria  £59.7 million (Real Madrid to Manchester United)


The Argentinian Right Winger began his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Europe in 2007 he was with Benfica as a Free Agent. Three years after that in 2010 he was signed by Real Madrid for 25€ million After winning the Champions league with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, and recently joined PSG a year later for around £44 million.

The Right-winger is a deadly player with his curling crosses towards the box from the wing position and adapts to play for the forward position at times.  It is the 9th Most Expensive Transfer in Soccer History.

8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic £59 million (Inter Milan to Barcelona)


The Sweedish star striker started his club career from the Dutch Club Ajax in 2002. The tall stud striker has served clubs like Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG and currently Manchester United.

The Giant striker is a possession master and loves to tease the opponents by showing off his skills. Zlatan plays Center Forward role and works on and off the field in any game. His Barcelona move from Inter Milan fetched a serious amount of Transfer money of around £59 million.

7 James Rodriguez £63 million ( Monaco to Real Madrid)


This 25-year-old Columbian is a Left footed winger who has won the Golden boot award in the 2014 FIFA World cup. The star winger started his football career with the Mexican club Monarcas Morelia.  On July 2010, James was signed by Porto FC for €5.1 million.

On 25 May 2013, it was announced that James had joined French side AS Monaco for a transfer fee of €45 million, the second most expensive transfer in the Portuguese Football behind former teammate Hulk. On 22 July 2014, just after the World Cup James confirmed the Los Blancos signing a six-year contract and a £63 million transfer Fee to the french club Monaco.

6 Neymar Jr £71.5 million ( Santos to Barcelona)


This Skill Full Forward has represented his nation Brazil in Under17, Under20 and the 2014 Fifa world cup starting line-up. Neymar began playing football at an early age of 14 and signed his first contract with the club Santos Fc in 2003 and made it in their youth academy. Neymar made debut for his club Santos at the age of 17.

Neymar scored six goals during Santos run to the 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals and was awarded the Puskas Award.On 5 February 2012, when he turned 20, he scored his 100th goal as a professional football player, against Palmeiras and was Rewarded as South Americas best player award.

In January 2013 Neymar Jr was welcomed at the Camp Nou stadium Barcelona his new home and was paid £71.5 million for this Transfer move.

5 Luis Suarez £75 million (Liverpool to Barcelona)


The Uruguayan Striker began his career as a youth player for Nacional in 2003. He signed for Groningen in the Netherlands in 2006 and transferred to Ajax in 2007. In 2010 he helped Ajax win the KNVB Cup while becoming the league’s top scorer with 35 goals in 33 games.

He was also named Dutch Footballer of the year that season. With 45 goals in 84 games for Uruguay, Suárez is the all-time record goalscorer for his national team. on 28 January 2011, Ajax accepted a 22.8 million Transfer fee from the English club Liverpool.

After missing the first five premier league games for Liverpool, Suarez finished his successful scoring career in the premier league with 31 goals in 33 appearances, a total that included hat-tricks against West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City and four against Norwich at Anfield.

On 11 July 2014, Suárez signed a five-year contract with Barcelona for a fee of £75 million, making him one of the expensive players in world

4 Gonzalo Higuain £75.3 million (Napoli to Juventus)


Gonzalo Higuain is Argentina’s in team Striker. He started his Club career with the Argentinian club River Plate in 2005. In December 2006, Spanish giants Real Madrid signed Higuaín for £12 million from River Plate which remains as the 4th most expensive deal in football transfer history. Higuain has total goals tally of 45 goals in the La Liga competition for the Los Blancos.

On 2013 July  many newspapers were linking him with a move to Arsenal before Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said that Higuaín, along with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, had passed their medicals and that the Argentine had signed a 5-year deal with the Italian club Napoli.

Higuain was signed with a Transfer fee of £75.3 million to Real Madrid and denied an Arsenal move.

3 Cristiano Ronaldo £83.7 million (Manchester united to Real Madrid)


The Portuguese international is the world’s mostly paid Footballer. He earns around £260,000 per week after tax. Ronaldo began his club career with Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at the age of 18 in 2003. Ronaldo became a star under the managing job of Sir Alex Ferguson.

On July 2009, Ronaldo made history when he joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £83.7 million (€94 million) and became the most expensive player in the football history.

Ronaldo became a star under the managing job of Sir Alex Ferguson. On July 2009 Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £83.7 million (€94 million). This was the only world record signing at that point in time.

2 Gareth Bale £85.3 million (Tottenham hotspurs to Real Madrid)


Bale made his senior international debut for Wales in May 2006, becoming the youngest player at that point to represent the nation.Gareth Bale is a Left winger Wales international. He began his club career with Southampton as a Left back.

On 2007 he moved to Tottenham hotspurs  for an eventual £7 million fee which make this transfer the 2nd Most Expensive Transfer in Football History. He scored 42 goals in 146 appearances for Spurs 2007-2013. On 1 September 2013, Gareth Bale was everywhere in the news as he broke Ronaldo’s Transfer World record amounting to be £85.3 million.

1 Paul Pogba £89 million ( Juventus to Manchester United)

Paul-Pogba-The Most Expensive Transfers in Football History

8 August 2016 Paul Pogba the French international was trending in the transfer news worldwide. No more suspense now as Manchester United has resigned Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-record fee of £89 million(€105m) which makes this transfer the most expensive ahead of Gareth Bale and Ronaldo’s Real Madrid moves.

Manchester United agreed to pay €105 million plus add on bonuses to Juventus if certain terms are meet in future.The French international signed a 5 year deal with Red Devils. It is the most expensive transfer in soccer history of all time.

Most Expensive Transfers in Football History

1 Paul Pogba (2016) Juventus to Manchester United £89m
2 Gareth Bale (2013) Totteham to Real Madrid £85.3m
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (2009) Man Utd to Real Madrid £83.7m
4 Gonzalo Higuain (2016) Napoli to Juventus £75.3m
5 Romelu Lukaku (2017) Everton to Manchester United £75.3m
6 Luis Suarez (2014) Liverpool to Barcelona £75m
7 Neymar (2013) Santos to Barcelona £71.5m
8 Alvaro Morata (2017) Real Madrid vs Chelsea £70.9m
9 James Rodriguez (2014) Monaco to Real Madrid £63m
10 Oscar (2017) Chelsea to Shanghai SPIG £60m