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The Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

By on Sep 29, 2016   5695 views   2 comments
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Annually, billions are spent on football teams, merchandise and marketing across the globe. By far the most popular sport, football is in itself a universal language that can bring cultures and communities together like few other things can. While rivalries can be intense, that doesn't mean that friendships aren't borne across dividing lines. With that being said, each team, club and league has a vested interest in getting the best talent imaginable on their side, and this can lead to some pretty extravagant promises, claims and cheques. Ever wondered what the most expensive football transfers of all time were? Keep reading and find out just how much some are willing to pay for the best.

Paul Pogba to Manchester United

The number one most expensive football transfer ever just occurred a little over a month ago, with the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United. The five-year contract that offers the option of a sixth season resulted in United paying the Italians a record-breaking £89 million. This wasn't the first time Pogba was committed to United: he played for them until four years ago, when he left to join Juventus. He went on to win four Serie A titles and scored twice at the Coppa Italia, which helped him build a reputation large enough to merit the record-breaking transfer back to United. Pogba's re-joining of United has helped inflate the number of people placing a Ladbrokes free bet on the team, which of course has made an entirely different type of football fan happy.

Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

Until last month, the most expensive football transfer of all time was that of Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid. The whopping £85 million agreement exceeded any previous transfer – with the exception of our number three transfer – by more than £10 million. In reality, once the final ink on the agreement dried, the real amount was closer to £100 million. This agreement might be looking even more expensive for Real Madrid, as late-breaking chatter suggests that Bale could leave Real Madrid after Florentino Perez's broken promises and struggles with the manager, Zinedine Zidane.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

For four years, Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid held the top spot in the most expensive transfers category. At the time, the amount agreed to - £83.7 million – was an astronomical sum. This was nearly double that of most high-profile, top-talent transfers, and may very well have been the initiation for the high-price transfers that now seem quite regular today. This transfer followed very public statements by Ronaldo and his team that the player did not plan on staying with United forever, and was in fact not necessarily happy remaining there. The deal ultimately netted Ronaldo approximately £200,000 per week before any add-ons were considered.

Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus

Number four rounds out our list of the most expensive transfers, with Gonzalo Higuain's transfer from Napoli to Juventus this year. The deal was an impressive £75.3 million, giving Juventus a bit of good news after losing several high-profile players over the past two years. While this deal wasn't the biggest in football history, it was a record-breaker for the Serie A, and with good reason: Higuain was the top scorer in the 2015/16 season.

With the average transfer increasing in price by double-digit percentage points each year, it's only a matter of time before these three record-breaking transfer fees look unimpressive. As football teams continue to sweeten the pot and try to attract the best, these deals will become common-place. Expect to see £100 million plus transfers on a regular basis in just a few short years!

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Discussion: The Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time

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  • apvmoreira's avatar
    My most expensive transfers in 16 are:
    Hazard to United (120 M€)
    Pogba to United (105 M€)
    Most received was Hazard to Real for 90M€ because my wage fair play was boosted with the coming of Ronaldo and Messi at the ages of 34 (diferent seasons)
  • Desmond Leso's avatar
    Well I was managing Chelsea and azpi kept on insisting on moving to Madrid, I eventually sold him and as expected majority of my players were pissed and they wanted a top quality replacement so I went all in for Alaba and got him for £116m.

    Surprisingly that was my second most expensive signing as three game years before buying alaba I bought Dybala for £120m
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