Top Ten - Most Expensive Footballers
10 – Eden Hazard – Chelsea to Real Madrid
Fee £90m + £30m in Add Ons
Eden Hazard had long proven himself as one of the best players in the World during his seven years at Chelsea in The Premier League. It had long been muted that Hazard would end up at Real Madrid and the transfer eventually went through in the Summer of 2019 for a fee of £90 Million Pounds + a further £30 Million in Add Ons. It hasnt been the best of starts for Hazard at The Bernabeu with Injuries and the Covid Outbreak interrupting the season but with The Spanish sides supporters notoriously quick to judge they will be expecting much better from the Belgian to justify his price tag
9 – Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid
Bale was one of the most sought after playwers in world football in the summer of 2013 after some fantastic performances for Tottenham in both The Premier League and Champions League. It was Real Madrid who signed the Welshman for a then World Record fee of £90.9m. On the field his spell at The Bernabeu has been an urivalled success with Four Champions League triumphs with Bale scoring in two of the wins against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Unfortunately Bale has not endeared himself to the Madrid fans off the field in recent times having failed to learn the Language and insinuating he is more interested in Golf than Football. In 2020 Bale returned to Tottenham on Loan
8 – Paul Pogba – Juventus to Man Utd
Juventus could just have done the best bit of transfer business ever with the deal that saw Pogba re-join Man Utd in a £94.5m transfer. Pogba joined the “Old Lady” on a Free Transfer having rejected a new contract at Old Trafford. After three successful seasons in Turin Pogba was returning to Manchester with Juve pocketing a huge profit on the French World Cup Winner. There has been glimpses of brilliance from Pogba but the overall indication is that this has been a poor transfer for both club and player and he is consistently linked with a return to Juventus
7 – Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus
For a 33 Year Old to comand a transfer fee of £105.3m speaks volumes of the value of Ronaldo both on and off the field. Ronaldo had become the most expensive player in history in 2009 when he Joined Madrid and his goal scoring record at The Bernabeu was unbelievable. It was reported that Juventus recorded over £70m in shirt sales in the 1st week after signing Ronaldo. In his first season in Turin he had continued his unwavering success with his first Serie A title and passed the 700 Career goals mark. Now aged 35 he shows no signs of slowing down
6 – Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid to Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann established himself as one of the best footballers in the world at Real Sociedad and then Atletico Madrid and picked himself a World Cup Winners medal in 2018 to boot. It was expected that Griezmann would join Barcelona in 2018 but the enivitable transfer didnt happen until the following summer with Barca paying £108m to take him to The Nou Camp in 2019. The Frenchman has become the latest big name star to struggle after moving to Barcelona and has struggled to reproduce the form he showed in previous season whilst having to play second fiddle to Lionel Messi.
5 – Ousmane Dembele – Borusssia Dortmund to Barcelona
Fee £112.5m + Add Ons
Ousmane Dembele had spent just one season at Borussia Dortmund during the 2016 season but the youngster made such a positive impression that Barcelona pounced to sign the Frenchman for £112.5m plus extras with Add Ons. That one impressive season in Germany suggested that Dembele would go on to be a top player in Spain but he has really struggled badly under the scrutiny of playing for such a prestigious club. There have been glimpses of his talent but with just 19 goals scored in 3 years in Spain it is clear that this has not been a successful transfer.
4 – Joao Felix – Benfica to Atletico Madrid
Joao Felix was the latest Portuguese youngster to be given the tag of “Next Cristiano Ronaldo” and after just one season and 15 goals for Benfica he was on the move to one of the European Giants when he signed for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in 2019 for an astonishing fee of £113.4m. Felix made a steady start in Madrid with 17 Goals in his first season and at just 19 years of age is a Full Portugal Internation, he has plenty of time to improve further and prove he is worth the massive fee that “Atleti” paid for him.
3 – Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG
Fee £121.5m + Add Ons
Never has a teenager burst onto the scene quite like Mbappe since Michael Owen did for Liverpool back in 1997. During the 2016 season Mbappe was part of the Monaco side that ended the PSG Dominance in Ligue 1 and helped the side reach the Semi Finals of the Champions League. He was linked to every major club in the world but he chose to stay in France with PSG who paid an initial £121.5m to get his signiature which could rise to almost £200m. His success has continued in the French Capital with 3 Ligue and Cup Trebles and at just 21 Years of age he will more than likely top this list in years to come.
2 – Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona
The Third Barcelona player to feature on this list and another who has failed to live up to the price tag The Catalans forked out. Coutinho was the main man at Liverpool and when Barcelona came calling with £130.5m in January 2018 it was too good to turn down. Coutinho was expected to flourish at Barcelona but whilst Liverpool have gone on to be Kings of Europe and England Coutinho has seen his stock fall massively. He has failed to produce the kind of form that earned him his move and Barcelona have been looking to get him off the books for over a year now. Despite a year on loan at Bayern Munich Coutinho is back at Barcelona and hoping to kick start his career under Ronald Koeman.
1 – Neymar – Barcelona to PSG
Neymar had enjoyed a successful spell at Barcelona but it came as a huge shock when PSG announced they had met Neymar’s release clause of £199.8m in the summer of 2017. Despite questions about Neymar’s ambition he moved to Paris with the aim of becoming the best player in the world and delivering a Champions League Trophy for the French Club. After 3 years in the french capital Neymar has still not achieved either of those aims although he was part of the side which reached the Champions League final in 2020. He is arguably further away than ever from winning the individual awards he so craves as his form has not earned him the adulasion he would expect.