The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time |

    paris saint-germain rocked the soccer world in the summer of 2017 when they signed neymar from barcelona and then quickly snatched away kylian mbappé from monaco.

    They remain the two most expensive players of all time, but there’s no denying that psg’s sensational double whammy massively inflated the transfer market.

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    In fact, a series of massive moves quickly followed, with Barcelona trying to fill the void left by Neymar by signing the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann for nine-figure fees.

    Also in Spain, Atletico Madrid splurged €126m on Benfica’s prodigious attacking talent Joao Felix, while Real Madrid eventually brought Eden Hazard to Santiago Bernabeu for €100m.

    The covid-19 pandemic briefly had a massive impact on the transfer market, but some clubs have now apparently recovered, with the likes of jack grealish, jadon sancho, darwin nunez, matthijs de ligt and aurelien tchoucameni moving up for big amounts.

    It now seems certain that more massive deals will follow, but you can see the current list of the world’s most expensive footballers below…

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    1. most expensive British player
    2. most expensive teenager
    3. most expensive defender
    4. most expensive goalkeeper
    5. biggest transfer abroad from europe

    most expensive British player

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    jack grealish became the most expensive british player in football history when manchester city agreed to honor the €117m release clause in the english international’s contract with aston village.

    The record had previously belonged to Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 for €100.8m.

    Before Grealish’s move to the Etihad, Harry Maguire was the most expensive English player in history, due to his €87.1m move from Leicester to Manchester United in 2019.

    most expensive teenager

    kylian mbappe is the most expensive teenager in history, having joined psg in a loan-to-own deal in 2017 that will be worth €180m after bonuses.

    joao felix is ​​the second most expensive teenager, since he was signed by atletico from benfica for 126 million euros in 2019.

    most expensive defender

    Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender of all time when Manchester United shelled out €87.1 million for the services of the England central midfielder in 2019.

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    Maguire outplayed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in the process, but only marginally, as the Dutch international set the Reds back €84.5m when he joined from Southampton the previous year.

    most expensive goalkeeper

    kepa arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in history. Chelsea spent 80 million euros to comply with his termination clause from the Atlético club in 2018.

    former juventus captain gianluigi buffon held this mark for a long time, as he joined the turin team from parma for €52m, which is a colossal figure if you take inflation into account .

    then, in a matter of weeks, buffon’s record was broken twice. First, Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from Roma for €73 million, to temporarily take the mark as the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

    not to be outdone, chelsea snapped up kepa not even a month later, propelling the spanish international into first place.

    the largest transfer outside of europe

    The most a non-European club has paid for a player is 60.3 million euros, which Shanghai Sipg gave Chelsea for the Brazilian midfielder oscar in 2016.

    However, with the way the market is going, who knows what record will be broken next?

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