10 Most Expensive Transfers In Footballing History

The transfer window is upon us and if recent trends in the market are anything to go by we could be about to see some of the most expensive transfers in history!

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Before we see any more spending records broken this summer, here’s a list of the 10 most expensive transfers in footballing history to date.

10. Oscar €“ ‚¬70.4m

most-expensive-transfers-oscarAfter a three-and-a-half year spell with West Londoners Chelsea, the young Brazilians head was turned by the increasingly-popular big money move to China.

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In January 2016, Oscar left Chelsea for Shanghai SIPG where the 25-year-old attacker collects a cool £400,000 per week. Thats £20.8m per year. Or, if you prefer, £57,143 per day. Or £2,381 per hour. Or £39 per minute.

9. Zinedine Zidane €“ ‚¬75m

most-expensive-transfers-zidaneAfter winning multiple Serie A titles with Juventus, and coming within moments of winning the Champions League, Zinedine Zidane would make one of the most expensive transfers ever to Real Madrid.

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In Madrid, he would win one La Liga title and finally claim the Champions League medal he sought so dearly.

8. Angel Di Maria €“ ‚¬75.6m

most-expensive-transfers-di-mariaOff the back of Champions League-winning season with Real Madrid and a World Cup final Argentina, Angel Di Maria briefly became the most expensive player ever bought by a British club and was immediately given the famous #7 Manchester United shirt.

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7. Kevin De Bruyne €“ ‚¬78m

most-expensive-transfers-de-bruyneThe only Belgian on the list of most expensive transfers, Kevin De Bruynes quality and attracted interest from Europes biggest clubs pushed Manchester City to break their club transfer record to bring him in from Wolfsburg in 2015.

6. James Rodriguez €“ ‚¬79.8m

most-expensive-transfers-rodriguezAfter just one season at Monaco and a successful World Cup that saw Rodriguez lead Colombia into the quarter-finals, Real Madrid snapped up the youngster for an impressive amount of money.

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The transfer fee made it the most expensive transfer of a Colombian player in history.

5. Luiz Suarez €“ ‚¬82.3m

most-expensive-transfers-suarezAfter an incredible final year at Liverpool saw the Merseyside club go close in the Premier League in 2013-14, Suarez was a popular target in the 2014 transfer market. After the being handed a four-month ban for another bite while representing Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup, Barcelona would eventually snap up the talismanic striker.

4. Gonzalo Higuain €“ ‚¬90m

most-expensive-transfers-higuainIn the summer of 2016, Juventus made a huge splash by buying Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A side Napoli. Higuain immediately topped the charts of most expensive transfers in Italian history, coming off a season where he broke a 66-year old Serie A record for most goals, netting 36 times.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo €“ ‚¬94m

most-expensive-transfers-ronaldoIn six seasons at Manchester United, he won three Premiership titles, an FA Cup, and the Champions League in 2008. He scored 118 goals for the Red Devils.

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When Real Madrid offered a world-record fee for the Portuguese star, United felt they had no choice but to take the money and run.

2. Gareth Bale €“ ‚¬100m

most-expensive-transfers-baleAfter setting the Premier League alight for Tottenham, it was inevitable that a player of Bales caliber would leave the north London outfit behind. This was the sports worst kept secret for close to six months, and Manchester United is rumored to have been thinly outbid by Madrid for the services of the Welsh star. ultimately, he chose to join Los Blancos.

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1. Paul Pogba €“ ‚¬105m

most-expensive-transfers-pogbaAfter letting an 18-year-old Pogba leave Manchester for Turin for free in the summer of 2012, the young French midfielder would develop into one of footballs hottest prospects. Unsurprisingly, when United decided to try and bring Pogba back to North England, Juventus asking price was a world record fee and a figure worthy of topping our list of the most expensive transfers in footballing history.

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