Sports has a special significance in human history. This gives humans physical, mental and spiritual fitness. In today’s modern era, the sports has become a regular form of industry and the players make it a source of employment as well. The best players also earn money in some amazing figures as well as honor and fame. Players earn this money on their stunning capabilities and together they become respect, reputation and profitable for their country, team and their institution. One of these games is football that also provides players the opportunity to earn honor, fame and money. Football Clubs pay their players millions of dollars annually. These clubs also pay billions of dollars to make players the part of their teams. Here today we will discuss some football players who are considered to be the most expensive players in the history of football.
Do you know that the European Football Champions League (UEFA Champions League) is the world’s biggest prize money sports event and the football clubs get most expensive services of players in the world? Here we are going to compile a list of top 10 most expensive players in the history of football.
10. Luis Suarez (Barcelona 2014: $97.09 million)
We are going to start our list of the world’s most expensive football players with Louise Suarez, the professional striker of Barcelona Club also playing for Uruguay, his national team. Suarez career was started with Nacional in 2003 and then moved to Groningen (A professional football Club in Netherland). In 2007, he transferred to Ajax where his skills were emerging significantly.
Suarez joined Liverpool in 2011 where he won the league cup for his club. In 2014, he is named for PFA Player of the year and also won a Premier League Golden Boot. He also shared European League Golden Boot with Cristiano Ronaldo. The same year a big deal happened between Liverpool and Barcelona when Saurez moved to Barcelona for a transfer money of $97.09 million. This was the highest paid transfer fee till then and Suarez became one of the most expensive players in the history of football.
9. Romelu Lukaku – (Manchester United 2017: $97.09 million)
Here at No. 9, the most expensive football player Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli from Belgium. He began playing football with Rupel Boom (Local Belgian Club) and then joined professional Belgian football club Lierse. In 2006, He moved to Anderlecht and in the age of 16, he started his professional career. Lukaku moved to Chelsea in 2011 summer transfer window but the club didn’t figure out Lukaku skills as he was not appeared in playing eleven regularly.
But Everton had covered his capabilities so that he paid $35.72 transfer fee and made him the part of their team. 3 years later in 2017, The big transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United came to see for which he became one of the most expensive players in the history of football. For this Transfer, Manchester United paid $ 97.09 million for Kukaku.
8. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus 2016: $102.80 million)
The Argentine Professional striker Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain is currently playing for Juventus. He started his professional career from River Plate and then moved to Real Madrid in 2007 for $13.71 million transfer money. His 6 years career with Real Madrid was came to an end when in 2013 he joined Italian Club Napoli for a transfer money of $51.08 million. But now I have started mentioning the deal that led him to become one of the most expensive players in the history of football.
The deal was between Juventus and Naples. Juventus paid $102.80 million for Gonzalo to Napoli in 2016. This was the record transfer money paid by an Italian club (until Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer in 2018) and Gonzalo became the world’s most expensive football player of all time until Neymar’s transfer in 2017.
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid 2013: $109.81 million)
At No.7 in our list of most expensive players in the history of football is Gareth Bale, a professional footballer from Wales currently playing for Real Madrid. He is known as a free kick specialist. Gareth Bale started his career with Southampton and in 2007 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur for $8.94 million.
During his career with Tottenham Hotspur, Bale earned many awards such as PFA young players of the year, FWA Footballer of the year, Premier League player of the season and became the key player of his team. In 2013, Real Madrid has done a historical deal with Tottenham Hotspur for $109.81 million and Bale joined Real Madrid. This was the biggest deal ever done by Real Madrid eclipsed the record transfer fee paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus 2018: $127.93 million)
Legendary player Cristiano Ronaldo is not in need of any introduction. He is definitely the greatest footballer of his era, which has a unique place in the world of sports for his unbelievable qualities. Ronaldo started his career with Sporting CP and moved to Manchester United in 2003. The club benefited from Ronaldo’s game and won several big events. During his career with Manchester United, Ronaldo won 3 consecutive premier league titles for the club.
In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo was declared the most worthy player in the history of football when Real Madrid paid $102.15 million to Manchester United to make him the part of their team. This was the biggest transfer money paid till then. During his time with Real Madrid, he won 15 trophies for the club and became the Real Madrid’s top goalscorer of all time including record 34 La Liga hat-tricks.
Ronaldo is the first player who won 4 European Golden shoes and 5 Baloon d’Or awards. Ronaldo joined Juventus for a transfer worth of $127.93 million and declared as one of the most expensive players in the history of football. This transfer fee was the highest paid ever for a player over 30 years old and the highest paid ever by an Italian club. Cristiano Ronaldo is also one of the highest paid footballers in the world. He is at number 6 in our list of Most Expensive Players in the history of Football.
5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United 2016: $156.49 million)
The Manchester United Midfielder Paul Pogba is at No. 5 in the list of most expensive players in the history of football. He started his Professional career with Machester United in 2009 and moved to Juventus for a free transfer in 2012. He won 8 trophies for his club during his play with Juventus.
Looking at his wonderful performances with Juventus, his parent club Manchester United decided to call him back and the World’s biggest deal in the history of football was done till then. Manchester United paid $156.49 million to Juventus for Pogba, the player who released by Manchester United at no cost for Juventus in 2012. He has also been included in the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in the world. He is also the part of the French team who won FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
4. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona 2017: $165.63 million)
We have included Ousmane Dembele as the 4th Most expensive player in the history of football. Barcelona’s Forwarder is also playing for his national team France and the part of the winning squad of FIFA world cup 2018. The amazing young player started his career with Rennes (A French association football club) and in 2016, he moved to Dortmund (German Football Club).
The eyes of Barcelona’s officials strangled the capabilities of the young footballer and advised their club management to make a deal with Dortmund at any cost to assign Ousmane Dembele. And once again a big deal has been done in 2017 when Barcelona paid $165.63 million to Dortmund to play Osumane Dembele from their side. This highest paid transfer fee made him one of the most expensive players in the history of football.
3. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona 2018: $170 million)
Attacking Midfielder Philippe Coutinho Correia from Brazil also playing for Barcelona was started playing with Vasco da Gama in their youth programme. In 2008, He moved to Inter Milan (An Italian Club) for $4.57 million where he made his debut for international events in 2010. Liverpool signed him $10.85 million where he gets the nickname “The Magician” due to his vision, passing, dribbling and bending long-range strike skills. The legend Brazilian footballer Pele tipped him to become a great player in the future.
He joined Barcelona in January 2018 for a transfer fee of $170 million and made his place at No.3 in the list of most expensive players in the history of football.
2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain 2018: $205.60 million)
20 years old young French Footballer also playing for Paris Saint-Germain as Forwarder is the 2nd most expensive player in the history of football. He is the member of Fifa World Cup 2018’s French winning squad and also holds the record of the youngest football player who scores a goal in FIFA World Cup Final after Pele. He also received the FIFA Best Young Player award in FIFA WC 2018.
Kylian started his professional career with Monaco in 2015 at the age of 16 years. In July 2018, He made his first move and joined Paris Saint-Germain for $205.60 million transfer fee. This move made him the world’s most expensive teenager footballer and he also held the 2nd position in the list of most expensive players in the history of football.
1. Neymar ( Paris Saint-Germain 2017: $253.58 million)
Brazil is considered to be the land of footballers and introduced many great football players to the world like Pele, Ronaldo, Rolandhino, Roberto Carlos, Romario, Rivaldo, Kaka, Neymar and many more. The recent Brazilian superstar Neymar is also playing for Paris Saint-Germain as a Forwarder. Neymar began his professional career with Santos and won many trophies for the club. He also got South American Footballer of the Year award 2 times.
In 2012, He moved to Barcelona where he won several trophies and titles for the club with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. After 5 years with the club, He moved to join Paris Saint Germain for $253.58 million, the biggest ever transfer fee in the history football. The move made him the world’s most expensive football player. We have included him at 1st position in the list of most expensive players in the history of football.