1-Neymar – £200m
Neymar- Barcelona to PSG (2017): £200m
He has cemented his place as one of the top forwards in the world and his move from the Nou Camp set a new world record. His lucrative contract means PSG are deadly serious about keeping him from the clutches of Manchester United et al.
2- Paul Pogba – £105 million
Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United (2016): £105m
Pogba became the world’s most-expensive player when he returned to Old Trafford. He was released on a free transfer by Sir Alex Ferguson 4 years prior. Pogba has transformed himself into one of the top central midfielders in Europe.
3- Gareth Bale – £85 million
Gareth Bale- Tottenham to Real Madrid (2013): £85m
He set his stall with 21 goals from 33 games at Spurs and it didn’t go unnoticed. The Welshman surpassed his new teammate Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive transfer at the time. He wasn’t an automatic hit with the fans but soon found his stride again and helped them to win 2 Champions League Trophies in his first 3 seasons.
4- Cristiano Ronaldo – £80 million
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid (2009): £80m
Ronaldo didn’t disappoint for United and neither has he for Real Madrid. He is a legend in his own lifetime and is the only person to score in three separate Champions League finals. He has scored over 600 goals for club and country.
5- Luis Suarez – £65 million
Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona (2014): £65m
Luis Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool and helped them come close to the Premier League title. Suarez has not been shy when it comes to finding the back of the net in Spain.
6- James Rodriguez – £63 million
James Rodriquez- Monaco to Real Madrid (2014): £63m
He was one of the star performers for Columbia in the 2014 World Cup. A move to Real is certainly a big one and he hasn’t really captured that kind of form since.
7- Zlatan Ibrahimovic – £60 million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan to Barcelona (2009): £40m + Samuel Eto’o (£20m valuation)
Ibrahimovic was expected to form a deadly partnership with Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp. Barcelona traded in Eto’o as part of the deal in order to land the Swede, but after a falling-out with boss Pep Guardiola Ibrahimovic was quickly relegated to the bench. On the other hand, Eto’o went on to win the treble that same year, while Ibrahimovic moved to AC Milan after just one season.
8- Angel Di Maria – £59.7 million
Angel Di Maria –Real Madrid to Manchester United (2014): £59.7m
It was a deal that Man United fans lapped up. Unfortunately, he was constantly played out of position and as part of varying formation and was never able to hit top form for the team. With just 4 goals from 32 games, he left for PSG.
9- Kaka – £56 million
Kaka- AC Milan to Real Madrid (2009): £56m
AT the time of his move to Spain, Kaka was regarded as the best playmaker in the world. Unfortunately, he was kept out of the first team for a period of time due to an injury and eventually returned to Milan. Not the best of times for Real or Kaka.
10- Kevin De Bruyne – £55 million
Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg to Manchester City (2015): £55m
Jose Mourinho moved De Bruyne on for a cut-price fee during his time at Chelsea, but City broke their club transfer record to bring the Belgian back to England.
In Germany, De Bruyne’s transformed into one of Europe’s finest midfielders, and he quickly became a key player for Manuel Pellegrini as City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. He has now firmly established as a first-team regular with City.