List of most expensive association football transfers

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For more details on historical highest fees, see World football transfer record.
Paul Pogba, the most expensive footballer ever
Anthony Martial, the most expensive teenager
Gareth Bale, the most expensive player purchased by a Spanish team
Gonzalo Higuaín, the most expensive player purchased by an Italian team, and the most expensive player in a domestic transfer
Cavani
Edinson Cavani, the most expensive player purchased by a French team
Oscar, the most expensive player purchased by a non-European team
Luiz
David Luiz, the most expensive defender
Gianluigi Buffon, the most expensive goalkeeper

The following is a list of most expensive association football transfers, which details the highest transfer fees ever paid for players as of the end of the summer transfer window of 2016.

The list contains eight transfers which broke the world transfer record: those of Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo, Hernán Crespo and Christian Vieri, with Pogba signing for an English club, the next five signing for Spanish clubs and the latter two signing for Italian clubs. Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager when he signed for English club Manchester United. Two players appear on the list twice, James Rodríguez and Ángel Di María.

Almost all of the players on the list are of either European (UEFA) or South American (CONMEBOL) origin; there is also one African (CAF) player, Sadio Mané. There are no players from the remaining regions, namely Asia (AFC), North America (CONCACAF) and Oceania (OFC).

English team Manchester United hold the record for purchasing the most expensive player after signing Paul Pogba from Juventus in August 2016, paying £89.3 million for his services.

Highest feesEdit

Most of the highest-value transfers on this list are to clubs under UEFA's jurisdiction, and most involve clubs in the Eurozone and/or the United Kingdom. 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 50 disclosed transfer fees that were in excess of €40 million (or equivalent value in other currencies) at the time of the transfer.

As of 1 February 2017; after the regular 2016–17 winter transfer window.
  Fee broke the world football transfer record at the time of the transfer
  Fee broke the national club record
  Fee broke the record for a South American player
  Fee broke the record for an African player
  Fee broke the record for a teenager
R Player From To Fee
(M £)
Fee
(M )
Year Ref.
1   Paul Pogba   Juventus   Manchester United £89.3 €105 2016 [1][2][3][4]
2   Gareth Bale   Tottenham Hotspur   Real Madrid £85.3 €100 2013 [5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
3   Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United   Real Madrid £80 €94 2009 [13][14][15]
4   Gonzalo Higuaín   Napoli   Juventus £75.3 €90 2016 [16][17]
5   Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez   Liverpool   Barcelona £65 €82.3 2014 [18][19]
6   Rodríguez, JamesJames Rodríguez   AS Monaco   Real Madrid £63 €79.8 2014 [20][21][22][23]
7   De Bruyne, KevinKevin De Bruyne   Wolfsburg   Manchester City £55 €78 2015 [24][25]
8   Di María, ÁngelÁngel Di María   Real Madrid   Manchester United £59.7 €75.6 2014 [26][27]
9   Zidane, ZinedineZinedine Zidane   Juventus   Real Madrid £46.6 €75 2001 [28][29]
10   Oscar   Chelsea   Shanghai SIPG £60 €70.4[a] 2017 [30][31]
11   Ibrahimović, ZlatanZlatan Ibrahimović   Inter   Barcelona £56 €66[b] 2009 [32][33]
12   Kaká   Milan   Real Madrid £56 €65[c] 2009 [34][35][36][37]
13   Cavani, EdinsonEdinson Cavani   Napoli   Paris Saint-Germain £55 €64.5 2013 [38][39][40][41]
14   David Luiz   Chelsea   Paris Saint-Germain £50 €62.8 2014 [42][43][44]
15   Sterling, RaheemRaheem Sterling   Liverpool   Manchester City £44[d] €62.5 2015 [45][46]
  Di María, ÁngelÁngel Di María   Manchester United   Paris Saint-Germain £44 €62.5 2015 [47][48][49]
17   Figo, LuísLuís Figo   Barcelona   Real Madrid £37 €62 2000 [50][51]
18   Falcao, RadamelRadamel Falcao   Atlético Madrid   AS Monaco £51 €60 2013 [52][53]
19   Torres, FernandoFernando Torres   Liverpool   Chelsea £50 €59 2011 [54][55]
20   Crespo, HernánHernán Crespo   Parma   Lazio £35[e] €58.5 2000 [56][57]
21   Neymar   Santos   Barcelona £48.6 €57.1[f] 2013 [58][59][60]
22   Hulk   Zenit   Shanghai SIPG £46.4 €55.8 2016 [61][62]
23   John Stones   Everton   Manchester City £47.5 €55.6 2016 [63][64][65][66]
24   Buffon, GianluigiGianluigi Buffon   Parma   Juventus £33 €53[g] 2001 [67]
25   Martial, AnthonyAnthony Martial   Monaco   Manchester United £36[h] €51 2015 [68][69][70]
26   Özil, MesutMesut Özil   Real Madrid   Arsenal £42.5 €50 2013 [71][72][73]
27   Teixeira, AlexAlex Teixeira   Shakhtar Donetsk   Jiangsu Suning £39.3 €50 2016 [74][75]
28   Vieri, ChristianChristian Vieri   Lazio   Inter £32.1 €49[i] 1999 [76][77]
29   Mendieta, GaizkaGaizka Mendieta   Valencia   Lazio £30 €48 2001 [78][79]
30   Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand   Leeds United   Manchester United £30 €48 2002 [80][81]
31   Christian Benteke   Aston Villa   Liverpool £32.5 €46.3 2015 [82][83]
32   Mata, JuanJuan Mata   Chelsea   Manchester United £37.1 €46 2014 [84][85]
33   Ronaldo   Inter   Real Madrid £29 €46 2002 [86]
34   Rodríguez, JamesJames Rodríguez   Porto   AS Monaco £38.3 €45 2013 [87][88]
34   Lucas Moura   São Paulo   Paris Saint-Germain £38.3 €45 2013 [89][90]
36   Agüero, SergioSergio Agüero   Atlético Madrid   Manchester City £38 €45 2011 [91][92][93][94]
37   Verón, Juan SebastiánJuan Sebastián Verón   Lazio   Manchester United £28.1 €45 2001 [95][96]
38   Costa, RuiRui Costa   Fiorentina   Milan £27.5 €44 2001 [97][98]
39   Sané, LeroyLeroy Sané   Schalke   Manchester City £37 €43.8 2016 [99][100][101]
40   Shevchenko, AndriyAndriy Shevchenko   Milan   Chelsea £30.8 €43.8 2006 [102][103][104]
41   Pastore, JavierJavier Pastore   Palermo   Paris Saint-Germain £35.5 €42 2011 [105][106]
42   Martínez, JacksonJackson Martínez   Atlético Madrid   Guangzhou Evergrande £33.3 €42 2016 [107][108][109]
43   Silva, ThiagoThiago Silva   Milan   Paris Saint-Germain £33 €42 2012 [110][111]
44   Carroll, AndyAndy Carroll   Newcastle United   Liverpool £35 €41.3 2011 [112][113]
45   Shkodran Mustafi   Valencia   Arsenal £35[j] €41.2 2016 [114]
46   Robinho   Real Madrid   Manchester City £32.5 €41 2008 [115][116]
47   Nedvěd, PavelPavel Nedvěd   Lazio   Juventus £25.5 €41 2001 [117][118]
48   Mané, SadioSadio Mané   Southampton   Liverpool £34 €41 2016 [119][120]
49   Xhaka, GranitGranit Xhaka   Borussia Mönchengladbach   Arsenal £30–35 €35–41 2016 [121][122][123]
  Benzema, KarimKarim Benzema   Lyon   Real Madrid £30–35 €35–41[k] 2009 [124][125][126][127][128][129]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ On 23 December 2016, Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG officially confirmed that the club had agreed terms with Chelsea for the transfer of Oscar for a reported £60 million, or roughly €70.4 million.
  2. ^ Initial transfer fee for Ibrahimović is indeterminable. Ibrahimović signed a 5-year contract, for €46 million and the exchange of Eto'o (valued at €20 million) and 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. However, the Hleb deal collapsed. Eventually Ibrahimović cost Barcelona €69.884 million (£59 million), which included other fees. As per the Inter book the fee was €69.5 million, but part of the Inter fee (about 4.5%) was redistributed to youth clubs as solidarity contribution (except Juventus).
  3. ^ Kaká's transfer is considered to have been a world record at the time despite the fact that Zidane's transfer had still been higher in euro value, due to the early 2000s recession.
  4. ^ Fee was to be paid over time with an initial £44 million, plus another £5 million in additional bonuses.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Total transfer fee that Barcelona paid for Neymar has been a subject of debate as well as a lawsuit. For more details refer to "2013: Transfer of Neymar from Santos to Barcelona"
  7. ^ Part of the fees was paid via the transfer of Jonathan Bachini to Parma for a total of €53 million.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ An indeterminate size of the fee was paid via the transfer of Diego Simeone to Lazio that totaled €45 million.
  10. ^ Estimated figure. The transfer fee has not been disclosed.
  11. ^ The incentives were appended to the total transfer fee of €41 million.

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