List of most expensive association football transfers

Neymar, currently the most expensive footballer

The following is a list of most expensive football association transfers, which details the highest transfer fees ever paid for players as of the summer transfer window of 2017.

As well as the most expensive transfers of all time, the page also lists transfers which broke the world transfer record. The first recorded record transfer was of Willie Groves from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for £100 in 1893. This occurred just eight years after the introduction of professionalism by The FA in 1885. [1] The current transfer record was set by the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million (£200 million) in August 2017. [2] [3]

Highest fees

Most of the highest-value transfers on this list are to clubs under UEFA's jurisdiction, and most of the purchasing clubs are from England, Spain, Italy and France. However, in the mid 2010s a few Chinese teams have made expensive purchases.

The default order in this table is based on the transfer amount in euros. Due to exchange rate fluctuations the order is different in pound sterling, which are also shown in the table. Transfers that took place before the adoption of the euro are given in their approximate euro equivalent. The list includes only the top fifty disclosed transfer fees.

Three players appear on the list twice: Neymar, James Rodríguez and Ángel Di María. All of the players on the list are of either European ( UEFA) or South American ( CONMEBOL) origin. There are no players from the remaining regions, namely Africa ( CAF), Asia ( AFC), North America ( CONCACAF) and Oceania ( OFC).

As of 16 August 2017; during the 2017 summer transfer window.

  Fee broke the world football transfer record at the time of the transfer
  Fee broke the national club record at the time of the transfer
  Fee broke the record for a South American player at the time of the transfer
  Fee broke the record for a teenager at the time of the transfer
Top 50 transfers
R Player From To Position Fee
( M  £)
Fee
( M  )
Year Year of birth Ref.
1 Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona France Paris Saint-Germain Forward £200 €222 2017 1992 [2] [4] [5]
2 France Pogba, Paul Paul Pogba Italy Juventus England Manchester United Midfielder £89 €105 [a] 2016 1993 [6] [7] [8] [9]
3 Wales Bale, Gareth Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur Spain Real Madrid Forward £86 €100 2013 1989 [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]
4 Portugal Ronaldo, Cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United Spain Real Madrid Forward £80 €94 2009 1985 [18] [19] [20]
5 Argentina Higuaín, Gonzalo Gonzalo Higuaín Italy Napoli Italy Juventus Striker £75.3 €90 2016 1987 [21] [22] [23]
6 Belgium Lukaku, Romelu Romelu Lukaku England Everton England Manchester United Striker £75 [b] €85 2017 1993 [24] [25] [26] [27]
7 Uruguay Suárez, Luis Luis Suárez England Liverpool Spain Barcelona Striker £75 €82.3 2014 1987 [28] [29]
8 Colombia Rodríguez, James James Rodríguez France Monaco Spain Real Madrid Midfielder £63 €79.8 2014 1991 [30] [31] [32] [33]
9 France Zidane, Zinedine Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus Spain Real Madrid Midfielder £46.6 €77.5 [c] 2001 1972 [35] [36] [37]
10 Argentina Di María, Ángel Ángel Di María Spain Real Madrid England Manchester United Midfielder £59.7 €75.6 2014 1988 [38] [39]
11 Belgium De Bruyne, Kevin Kevin De Bruyne Germany Wolfsburg England Manchester City Midfielder £55 €74 2015 1991 [40] [41]
12 Brazil Oscar England Chelsea China Shanghai SIPG Midielder £60 [d] €70 2017 1991 [42] [43] [44]
13 Sweden Ibrahimović, Zlatan Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Internazionale Spain Barcelona Striker £56 €69.5 [e] 2009 1981 [45] [46] [47] [48]
14 Brazil Kaká Italy Milan Spain Real Madrid Midfielder £56 €67 [f] 2009 1982 [49] [50] [51] [52] [53]
15 Spain Morata, Álvaro Álvaro Morata Spain Real Madrid England Chelsea Striker £58 [g] €65.5 2017 1992 [54] [55]
16 Uruguay Cavani, Edinson Edinson Cavani Italy Napoli France Paris Saint-Germain Striker £55 €64.5 2013 1987 [56] [57] [58] [59]
17 Argentina Di María, Ángel Ángel Di María England Manchester United France Paris Saint-Germain Midfielder £45 €64 2015 1988 [60] [61] [62]
18 England Sterling, Raheem Raheem Sterling England Liverpool England Manchester City Forward £44 [h] €62.5 2015 1994 [63] [64]
19 Portugal Figo, Luís Luís Figo Spain Barcelona Spain Real Madrid Midfielder £37 €62 2000 1972 [65] [66]
20 Colombia Falcao, Radamel Radamel Falcao Spain Atlético Madrid France Monaco Striker £51 €60 [i] 2013 1986 [67] [68]
21 Spain Torres, Fernando Fernando Torres England Liverpool England Chelsea Striker £50 €59 2011 1984 [69] [70]
22 Argentina Crespo, Hernán Hernán Crespo Italy Parma Italy Lazio Striker £35 [j] €58.5 2000 1975 [71] [72]
23 France Mendy, Benjamin Benjamin Mendy France Monaco England Manchester City Defender £52 €58.1 2017 1994 [ citation needed]
24 Brazil Neymar Brazil Santos Spain Barcelona Forward £48.6 €57.1 [k] 2013 1992 [73] [74] [75] [76]
25 England Walker, Kyle Kyle Walker England Tottenham Hotspur England Manchester City Defender £50 [l] €57 2017 1990 [77] [78]
26 Brazil David Luiz England Chelsea France Paris Saint-Germain Defender £50 [m] €56 2014 1987 [79] [80] [81]
27 Brazil Hulk Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg China Shanghai SIPG Forward £46.4 €55.8 2016 1986 [82] [83]
28 England Stones, John John Stones England Everton England Manchester City Defender £47.5 €55.6 2016 1994 [84] [85] [86] [87]
29 France Lacazette, Alexandre Alexandre Lacazette France Lyon England Arsenal Striker £46.5 €53 [n] 2017 1991 [88] [89]
30 Italy Buffon, Gianluigi Gianluigi Buffon Italy Parma Italy Juventus Goalkeeper £33 €52 [o] 2001 1978 [90]
31 France Martial, Anthony Anthony Martial France Monaco England Manchester United Forward £36 [p] €51 2015 1995 [91] [92] [93]
32 Iceland Sigurðsson, Gylfi Gylfi Sigurðsson England Swansea City England Everton Midfielder £45 €50 2017 1989 [94]
33 Portugal Silva, Bernardo Bernardo Silva France Monaco England Manchester City Midfielder £43 €49.5 2017 1994 [95] [96]
Brazil Teixeira, Alex Alex Teixeira Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk China Jiangsu Suning Midfielder £42.5 €49.5 2016 1988 [97] [98]
Germany Özil, Mesut Mesut Özil Spain Real Madrid England Arsenal Midfielder £42.5 €49.5 2013 1988 [99] [100] [101]
36 Italy Vieri, Christian Christian Vieri Italy Lazio Italy Internazionale Striker £32.1 €49 [q] 1999 1973 [102] [103]
37 Spain Mendieta, Gaizka Gaizka Mendieta Spain Valencia Italy Lazio Midfielder £31 €48 2001 1972 [104] [105]
38 England Ferdinand, Rio Rio Ferdinand England Leeds United England Manchester United Defender £30 €47 2002 1978 [106] [107]
39 Belgium Benteke, Christian Christian Benteke England Aston Villa England Liverpool Striker £32.5 €46.3 2015 1990 [108] [109]
40 Spain Mata, Juan Juan Mata England Chelsea England Manchester United Midfielder £37.1 €46 2014 1988 [110] [111]
Brazil Ronaldo Italy Internazionale Spain Real Madrid Striker £29 €46 2002 1976 [112] [113]
42 France Tiémoué Bakayoko France Monaco England Chelsea Midfielder £40 €45 2017 1993 [114]
Brazil Vinícius Júnior Brazil Flamengo Spain Real Madrid Forward £39.6 €45 2018 2000 [115]
Colombia Rodríguez, James James Rodríguez Portugal Porto France Monaco Midfielder £38.3 €45 2013 1991 [116] [117]
Brazil Lucas Moura Brazil São Paulo France Paris Saint-Germain Forward £38.3 €45 2013 1992 [118] [119]
Argentina Agüero, Sergio Sergio Agüero Spain Atlético Madrid England Manchester City Striker £38 €45 2011 1988 [120] [121] [122] [123]
Argentina Verón, Juan Sebastián Juan Sebastián Verón Italy Lazio England Manchester United Midfielder £28.1 €45 2001 1975 [124] [125]
48 Serbia Matić, Nemanja Nemanja Matić England Chelsea England Manchester United Midfielder £40 €44.7 2017 1988 [126] [127]
49 Portugal Costa, Rui Rui Costa Italy Fiorentina Italy Milan Midfielder £30 €43.9 [r] 2001 1972 [128] [129] [130]
50 Germany Sané, Leroy Leroy Sané Germany Schalke England Manchester City Forward £37 €43.8 2016 1996 [131] [132] [133]
Ukraine Shevchenko, Andriy Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan England Chelsea Striker £30.8 €43.8 2006 1976 [134] [135] [136]

Notes

  1. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial €105 million, plus another €5 million in additional bonuses; Pogba's agent Mino Raiola also received a reported €27m from Juventus, from a portion of aforementioned transfer fee from Manchester United.
  2. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial £75 million, plus another £15 million in additional bonuses.
  3. ^ fee originally in 150 billion  lire; the fixed exchange rate between euro and lire was 1:1936.27. The fee was paid in 4 annual installments; [34] on accounting purpose, the fee was listed as approx. €75m [34]
  4. ^ Estimated figure. The transfer fee has not been disclosed.
  5. ^ Initial transfer fee for Ibrahimović is indeterminable. According to Barcelona's press release, Ibrahimović signed a 5-year contract, for €46 million fee in installments and the exchange of Eto'o (valued at €20 million) and the loan of Alexander Hleb (with an option to buy for a €10 million fee), with a €250 million release clause, making Ibrahimović worth €66 million plus the undisclosed loan fee of Hleb. However, the Hleb deal collapsed. Eventually Ibrahimović cost Barcelona €69.884 million according to their financial report, which included other fees. As per the Inter book the fee was €69.5 million, but part of the Inter fee (max. 5% according to FIFA regulation) were deducted and distributed by Barcelona to youth clubs of Ibrahimović: Malmö FF and AFC Ajax as solidarity contribution.
  6. ^ The fee broke the world record in pound sterling, but not in euro; as the fee was paid in installments, the accountant that prepared the financial report, adjusted the value to €66.073 million as the present value to reflect the loss in interests
  7. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial £58 million, plus another £12 million in additional bonuses.
  8. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial £44 million, plus another £5 million in additional bonuses.
  9. ^ Estimated figure. The transfer fee has not been disclosed.
  10. ^ Lazio broke the then-world transfer record by paying £35 million (£16 million upfront and transferred Matías Almeyda and Sérgio Conceição) to acquire Crespo. The total transfer fee later amounted to £40 million.
  11. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial €57.1 million, plus another €2 million in additional bonuses. Neymar received a €10 million signing bonus. Neymar's agent also received €4 million.
  12. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial £50 million (€57m), plus another £3 million in additional bonuses.
  13. ^ Estimated figure. The transfer fee has not been disclosed.
  14. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial €53 million (£46.5m), plus another €7 million (£6.1m) in additional bonuses.
  15. ^ Part of the fees was paid via the transfer of Jonathan Bachini to Parma for a total of 100 billion lire; the fixed exchange rate of lira to euro was 1936.27 lire to 1 euro.
  16. ^ Manchester United paid £36 million up front for Martial, but his contract contains three bonus clauses worth £7.2 million each, taking the potential fee to £57.6 million. The clauses each relate to certain accomplishments being achieved in the next four years, including if Martial scores 25 goals during that span, racks up 25 caps for France or wins the Ballon d'Or before June 2019.
  17. ^ An indeterminate size of the fee was paid via the transfer of Diego Simeone to Lazio that totaled €45 million.
  18. ^ Fee originally in 85 billion lire; the fixed exchange rate between euro and lire was 1:1936.27