Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of All Time
October 9, 2015
Surprisingly only two of the top 10 involve football clubs from the English Premier League, which is arguably the richest league in the world.Highest Ever Football Transfer Fees
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid from Manchester United is by far the most expensive of all time. In fact there is only one defensive positioned player on the list. Increasingly clubs would spend £20 million or more on players that a few years ago would have cost less than £10 million.
Most Expensive Football Transfers of all Time
This transfer frenzy came to a peak in 2009 when Real Madrid spent a fortune on Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan star Kaka. This remained the most expensive transfer of all time for 8 years until the summer of 2009 when this massive transfer record was broken 3 times in quick succession.
As European football clubs started receiving more TV rights money, prize money and clubs such as Man City gained large foreign investment, players wages and transfer fees sky rocketed. In fact the Portugease players transfer fee is a full £23.5 million higher than the next closes, which was enough for Man City to buy Davil Silva in 2010 and for Manchester United to buy Wayne Rooney in 2004.
Of the top 10 most expensive transfers of all time, nine of the players are strikers or attacking midfielders. The Premier League club have already been said to have once offered AC Milan £90 million for Kaka and so this massive transfer fee record may well be broken in the next transfer period.
Soccerlens – Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers.. Here are the current top 10 most expensive transfers of all time:
Player – From – To – Transfer Fee – YearCristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United – Real Madrid – £80 million – 2009Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter Milan – Barcelona – £56.5 million – 2009Kaka – AC Milan – Real Madrid – £56 million – 2009Zinedine Zidane – Juventus – Real Madrid – £45 million – 2001Luis Figo – Barcelona – Real Madrid – £37 million – 2000Hernan Crespo – Parma – Lazio – £35.5 million – 2000David Villa – Valencia – Barcelona – £34 million – 2010Gianluigi Buffon – Parma – Juventus – £32.6 million – 2001Robinho – Real Madrid – Manchester City – £32.5 million – 2008Christian Vieri – Lazio – Inter Milan – £32 million – 1999Out of the top 10 most expensive transfers of all time seven have involved either Real Madrid or Barcelona, with the top 5 most expensive transfers involving a player going to one of the two Spanish football clubs. Sources:
BBC Sport – History of the World Transfer Record.
Goal.com – Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers.
In 2001 Zinedine Zidane moved from the Italian Seria A club Juventus to the Spanish giants Real Madrid for an incredible £45 million (EUR75 million). Buffon’s transfer from Parma to Juventus was and still the most expensive transfer fee ever for a goal keeper or a defensive positioned footballer.
2010 Football Transfers
Cristiano Ronaldo’s £80 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 remains the largest of all time, but with Manchester City having already spent £100 million in 2010 transfer period this record may not last long. Meanwhile, Barcelona splashed out on Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic whilst newly cash rich Manchester City were also spending like crazy with total transfer fees running over £100 million
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