Football is one of the most profitable sports in the world. With piles of wealth collected in profits, club owners pay tons of money to professional football players to play for and assist their club to victory in world championships and leagues.
Today we are releasing list of world’s most expensive football player transfers ever. Many legends and emerging stars are featured in the list. Collectively, various clubs have paid roughly 850 million euros to sign these players.
Top 10 Most Expensive Football Player Transfers of All-time
10. Zlatan Ibrahimović
Transfer Fee: €66 million
Regarded as one of the world’s best footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimović played for Inter before his transfer to Barcelona. The deal was announced in 2009 confirming the transfer of Ibrahimović to Barcelona in exchange of Samuel Eto’o, valued at €20 million, and extra €46 million in fee.
9. Zinedine Zidane
Transfer Fee: €75 million
Zinedine Zidane who currently coaches Real Madrid is one the greatest and most expensive player of football history. He broke all previous world record in 2009 for an insane transfer fee of £46.6M (equivalent to €75 million). The four-year contract was signed by Real Madrid which allowed Zidance to complete his move from Juventus to Real Madrid.
8. Ángel Di María
Transfer Fee: €75.6 million
Ranking 8th is Ángel Di María who was signed by Manchester United in 2014. The club completed a five-year deal with Real Madrid to transfer Argentinian midfielder.
7. Kevin De Bruyne
Transfer Fee: €78 million
Kevin De Bruyne was bought by Manchester City, one the most profitable football clubs, for €78 million. The deal was finalized in 2015 when Man City signed Kevin from German club Wolfsburg.
6. James Rodriguez
Transfer Fee: €79.8 million
James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid in 2014 after his transfer from French club AS Monaco for €79.8 million. His performance was acclaimed highly by other players and coaches who thought of him as one of the best young footballers who have potential to become future star.
5. Luis Suárez
Transfer Fee: €82.3 million
Luis Suárez is a professional footballer from Uruguay who plays as striker. In 2014, Spanish club Barcelona purchased him from Liverpool for €82.3 million.
4. Gonzalo Higuaín
Transfer Fee: €90 million
Gonzalo Higuaín was transferred to Juventus for a insane €90 million in 2016. Before that, he used to play as a striker for Napoli.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Transfer Fee: €94 million
Considered best footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo ranks 3rd in the list of most expensive football transfers. He broke previous world record of highest transfer fee when he was transferred from Manchester United to Real Mardrid in 2009 for €94 million. Ronaldo is also one of the highest paid athletes of 2016 .
2. Gareth Bale
Transfer Fee: €100 million
For a record €100 million, Gareth Bale was transferred to Real Madrid from Torrenham Hotspur in 2013. He is well-known Welsh winger famous for his sensational dribbling and free kicks.
1. Paul Pogba
Transfer Fee: €105 million
Paul Pogba became world’s most expensive football in 2016 when he was transferred from Italian club Juventus to English club Manchester United for €105 million. He played in Juventus as midfielder and has helped his team won several world titles due to which he is often regarded as one of the most promising young football star.