Football clubs have been spending huge sums of money on players. In each successive transfer window, records are made regarding transfers and signings. The list compares the most expensive football transfers, which details the highest transfer fees ever paid for players, as well as transfers that set new world transfer records. The current transfer record was set by the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million in August 2017.
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Chelsea and Manchester City, they’ve both broken the British transfer record in the past year. Al Nassr and Al Hilal, have both broken the Saudi transfer record in recent times. Romelu Lukaku appears on this list three times for moves to Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Chelsea. Two players appear on the list twice: Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt.
10. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard’s move from Chelsea to Real Madrid took place in June 2019. After playing seven successful seasons at Chelsea, Hazard decided to join the Spanish giants, Real Madrid. The exact transfer fee was not officially disclosed but was reported to be around €115 million.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus happened in July 2018. After spending nine successful seasons with Real Madrid, Ronaldo decided to start a new chapter in his career and join the Italian giant Juventus. Juventus paid a transfer fee of €117 million to sign Ronaldo, one of the most expensive transfers in football at the time.
8. Jack Grealish
Manchester City signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a Premier League record (as of 2021) €118 million. Pep Guardiola said “We just signed Jack Grealish, and he will wear number 10. We always thought Leo would stay at Barcelona, but now it’s too late. Messi is not in our plans” in 2021.
7. Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann’s move from Atlético Madrid to Barcelona happened in July 2019. Griezmann was the best player of Atlético Madrid for several seasons before making the switch to their Spanish rivals, Barcelona. Barcelona triggered Griezmann’s release clause, reported to be around €120 million.
6. Enzo Fernández
Enzo became the most expensive Premier League signing, breaking the record of Jack Grealish, who had moved to Manchester City for €118 million. Chelsea has reached an agreement with Benfica to sign Argentina World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez for a record fee of €121 million.
5. João Félix
João Félix’s transfer from Benfica to Atlético Madrid took place in July 2019. The transfer fee was reported to be around €127 million, making Félix one of the most expensive teenagers in football history. Since joining Atlético Madrid, Félix has had ups and downs in his performances. He has shown flashes of brilliance, demonstrating his technical skills and goal-scoring ability. However, like many young players making a big move, he has also faced challenges and adjustments to a new league and playing style.
4. Ousmane Dembélé
Ousmane Dembélé joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017. He transferred to Barcelona for a reported fee of €135 million, making him one of the most expensive players in the world at that time. Dembélé was signed by Barcelona as a replacement for Neymar, who had signed for Paris Saint-Germain.
3. Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool. The Brazilian midfielder completed his transfer to Barcelona in January 2018. The transfer fee was reported to be around €135 million, making him one of the most expensive transfers in football history at that time. Coutinho had a successful season at Liverpool before making the move to Barcelona, where he was expected to fill the irreplaceable place of left wing after Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain. However, his time at Barcelona did not go as expected, and he eventually went on loan to Bayern Munich in 2019.
2. Kylian Mbappe
Mbappé’s transfer from AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was indeed a significant move in the world of football. Mbappé joined PSG on a loan deal in August 2017, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. The loan agreement was made permanent in July 2018 for a reported fee of around €180 million, making Mbappé the second most expensive player in history. He was highly regarded as one of the most promising young talents in football. He had a breakout season with Monaco, helping the club win the Ligue 1 title. Mbappé is a key player for both club and country.
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) from Barcelona in August 2017. The transfer was a highly trending and record-breaking deal. Neymar moved to PSG for a world-record transfer fee of €222 million, making him the most expensive player in football history. Neymar is a key player for PSG and Brazil’s national football team.