Of course, we don’t need to tell you that today’s football world has gone crazy in paying transfer fees. To date, no fewer than thirteen times 100 million euros or more have been paid for a player and punters at non GamStop bookmakers place their outright bets on players’ transfers each season.
Who were these players and how did they fare at their new club? You can read that in our top 10 with the most expensive football transfers ever.
10. Eden Hazard: Chelsea -> Real Madrid for 115 Million
In the summer of 2019, Real Madrid transferred 115 million to Chelsea for the acquisition of Eden Hazard. The transfer of the Belgian attacking midfielder has been coming for a long time.
Hazard never made a secret of wanting to play for ‘the Royal’. The Belgian left Chelsea in style and conquered the Europa League in his last season.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid CF -> Juventus FC for 117 million
After a legendary career at Real Madrid CF, where the Portuguese broke record after record, Cristiano Ronaldo was ready for a new challenge. Juventus FC, the club from Turin, was only too happy to comply with this wish.
They paid no less than €117 million for Ronaldo. Given his age, this has been a hot topic among fans, but Ronaldo continues to score goals in pursuit of yet another Champions League trophy. Money well spent.
8. Jack Grealish: Aston Villa -> Manchester City for 117.5 million
Jack Grealish becomes the most expensive player in Manchester City history with his domestic transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City. The club from Manchester transfers 117.5 million euros to Aston Villa.
After the promotion of The Villains to the highest level in England, Grealish managed to shine almost every week as a tastemaker of the Premier League. Aston Villa fans will therefore certainly miss their darling and star player.
Grealish played for the Birmingham club for a whopping 19 years, having entered the club’s youth academy at the age of 6.
7. Antoine Griezmann: Atlético Madrid -> FC Barcelona for 120 million
During the summer transfer period in 2019, Antoine Griezmann transferred from Atlético Madrid to FC Barcelona for 120 million.
The French striker has long been in the interest of the Catalans, who are patiently waiting with the transfer until July 1, the date when, according to a clause in the contract, the amount paid would come into effect.
However, Atlético Madrid thought that FC Barcelona had already settled with Griezmann and is demanding an amount of 200 million euros.
However, this demand from Atletico Madrid has never materialized and the transfer fee of Antione Griezmann remains at 120 million euros.
5. Enzo Fernandez: Benfica -> Chelsea for 121 million
Enzo Fernández is the latest player to earn a spot in the top 10 most expensive football transfers ever. Fernández broke through for the general public at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentinian midfielder was voted best young player of the World Cup, putting him on the radar of the great powers in Europe. The 22-year-old midfielder makes the switch from Benfica to Chelsea for 121 million euros!
This makes Enzo Fernández a record purchase for an English club, this record was first held by Jack Grealish.
5. João Felix: Benfica -> Atlético Madrid for 127.20 Million
João Felix is probably the least-known name in this top 10. The Portuguese midfielder switched from Benfica to Atlético Madrid for more than 127 million in the summer of 2019.
The young midfielder has only played one season for the Portuguese club so far. The high transfer fee is therefore the feeling that the Spanish team wanted to pay the lump sum in the contract for the great talent.
4. Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool -> FC Barcelona for 135 million
After a few successful seasons at Liverpool FC, Philippe Coutinho’s performances were rewarded with a transfer to FC Barcelona in January 2018. In the 1.5 years that followed, Coutinho did not become a permanent starter in Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho was loaned to FC Bayern Munich in the 2019-2020 season. The Brazilian then came back to Barcelona and is still fighting for a regular starting spot.
3. Ousmane Démbélé: Borussia Dortmund -> FC Barcelona for 140 million
The young Frenchman made the switch from Borussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona in 2017. The Catalan club paid €105 million for Ousmane, with bonuses amounting to €42 million. Ousmane has had a volatile career at FC Barcelona.
Due to many injuries, the club Dortmund missed out on a few million in bonuses. Nevertheless, Démbélé is still fighting for a regular starting spot at Blaugrana.
2. Kylian Mbappé: AS Monaco -> Paris Saint-Germain for 180 million
Kylian Mbappé is seen by many as the future winner of the Ballon d’Or. Due to his enormous potential, Paris Saint-Germain paid no less than 180 million in 2018 for the French attacker who came over from AS Monaco.
Mbappé became a success in the French capital and became one of PSG’s absolute star players. With the club in Paris, Kylian Mbappé is still aiming for the cup with the big ears.
1. Neymar: FC Barcelona -> Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million
Neymar is number 1 in our list of the most expensive football transfers. The Brazilian became the most expensive footballer of all time with his transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
PSG paid no less than 222 million for the attacker’s art. Although Neymar won the necessary prizes in the PSG kit, he has been increasingly noticed by side issues lately.
But with the arrival of superstar and close friend Lionel Messi, all rumors of the Brazilian superstar’s possible departure from the French capital have all but disappeared.