When it comes to the world of football, money tends to get a little out of control. The values of players can go through the roof, to the point that the number of zeroes starts to seem a little outrageous. But then, some will argue that the amounts are justified, given how much of an impact a key player can have on a team, and that team’s chances of turning the tides towards victory.
Plus, let us not forget that certain players bring their fans with them, meaning that the amounts paid are also based around potential earnings. Either way, one can’t help but raise an eyebrow when reading some of the following numbers. These are the top 7 most expensive player transfers in sports history.
How much money would you ever hope to come across in your life? Let’s say, if you’re playing pokies and smash a progressive jackpot win that sends you into a celebration of dancing? Would it be $1 million, or perhaps $5 million that got you this excited? Now let’s look at the number that Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar; $263 million. They managed to steal him from Barcelona for this stunning amount of money, although it should be kept in mind that there are very few clubs in the world that could afford to fork over this kind of cash for a single player.
It was, no surprise, also Paris Saint-Germain that dished out a total of €214 million for Kylian Mbappé. They took him from Monaco, and this really does start making one wonder just how bottomless the pockets of this club are. The two most expensive players in the world are both residing in Paris, and it can only be hoped that these purchases were wise ones or they may feel a bit out of pocket.
In this case, it seems like some clever profits were made where Philippe Coutinho is concerned. Liverpool got the player from Inter Milan for the not to be sneezed at price of €13 million, after which he was sold off for €160 million.
Ronaldo is a name that is famous, and for very good reason. Not only does he make fans stand up and cheer wherever he goes, but this talented player has twice been the most valuable in the world. Most recently he was transferred from Real Madrid to Juventus for €117 million, or $136.9 million. Not high enough to make him number 1, but still, he is likely not complaining.
Ousmane Dembélé played for just a year in Germany before Barcelona wanted a piece of the pie, handing over €105 million, or $123.9 million, to have him on the team. To date, this is the most expensive transfer ever made in Germany’s football scene. Not too shabby a record to hold.
Another famous name in football, Paul Pogba may only be number 6 on this list, but is certainly worth more than most progressive jackpots, which pretty much says it all. He transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for the cool sum of €105 million, $116.6 million.
Last on this list is Gareth Bale, who held the title as the most valuable player in the world in 2013. He may have fallen somewhat since those glory days, but the numbers are still pretty impressive. He made the move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for €100 million, or $132 million. This is still the most expensive purchase ever by the Spanish based club. Sadly, Bale will likely not be regaining his throne, but he can still rest easy in what is likely a very big mansion.