Most expensive transfers of all-time: Neymar, Mbappe, Pogba, Ronaldo and more

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti shares the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo’s links to Juventus, including his motives for wanting to leave Madrid.

Neymar’s move to PSG last summer smashed all records before it, but what are some of the other biggest transfers to have happened? ESPN FC takes a look at the top 10.

All fees provided by ESPN Stats Information

1. Neymar – Barcelona to PSG – £198m – 2017

Neymar’s move came when PSG paid his release clause.

It is barely a believable fee but Neymar more than doubled the world record when he moved to PSG from Barcelona. Easily the world’s biggest football transfer of all-time and, when you factor in wages and bonuses, it comes in at around half a billion U.S. dollars.

2. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG – £160m – 2018

Mbappe’s rise has been meteoric.

The France teenager burst onto the scene with Monaco and, after one incredible season, PSG agreed a year-long loan deal which became permanent for a fee of €180m on July 1. Still only 19, Mbappe is arguably the world’s best player under the age of 21.

3. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona – £105m – 2018

Coutinho’s move was first leaked by Nike.

After starring for Liverpool, Coutinho made it clear that he wanted a move to Camp Nou and eventually got it. The deal could reach as much as £142m with add-ons.

4. Ousmane Dembele – Dortmund to Barcelona – £96.8m – 2017

Dembele joined Dortmund for a meagre fee of £15m.

Dembele’s fee has add-ons which could see the fee rise by 40 percent — taking the deal to a potential €147m. Incredible given the teenager was snapped up for a tiny fee from Rennes only a year earlier.

5. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United – £89.3m – 2016

Pogba left United for virtually nothing back in 2012.

Man United paid a new world record to land the France midfielder from Juventus but it didn’t last very long as Neymar’s deal eclipsed all before it. Not a bad investment given Juve signed him for around £500,000 from United in 2012.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus – £88m – 2018

Ronaldo is worth more now as a 33-year-old than he was back in 2009.

Only Ronaldo, and possibly Messi if he ever leaves Barcelona, could command a €100m fee with only a few years of his career left. One of the greatest of all time shocked the world when he chose to leave Real Madrid and settle in Turin.

7. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid – £85.3m – 2013

Bale is the most expensive player to have been transferred from England.

Bale’s record lasted all of three years as he was sold from Tottenham to the same club who already held the record.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo – Man United to Real Madrid – £80m – 2009

Ronaldo held the record for four years.

One of the world’s greatest ever players was a massive coup for Real Madrid nine years ago, but his transfer fee seems small by comparison now.

9. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus – £75.3m – 2016

Higuain was the biggest transfer within Serie A.

Higuain was linked to a host of top clubs in Europe and eventually signed for the Serie A champions, which annoyed Napoli quite significantly.

10=. Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United – £75m – 2017

Lukaku became the Premier League’s second biggest signing.

Jose Mourinho sold Lukaku when he was at Chelsea but chose to bring the Everton striker in last summer.

10=. Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona – £75m – 2014

Suarez left Liverpool after the World Cup.

After a summer where he landed a nine-match ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez moved to Spain to join up with Barcelona.

10=. Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool – £75m – 2018

Van Dijk forced an exit and got his big move.

The world’s most expensive defender figures on this list, with Liverpool splashing some serious cash after the sale of Coutinho.

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