The football world is booming business. Whether it’s on television or on stage: millions of fans can enjoy the most beautiful matches every season. That’s why most clubs are willing to pay the highest amount to get the best players in their team. Each transfere season raises the question whether the record for the most expensive football player will be broken. Here you will find exactly what the ten most expensive soccer players are worth.
10. Ángel Di María (€ 75.6 million)
This Argentine midfielder was taken over by Manchester United from Real Madrid. Di María was seen as a valuable player by his speed and the way he is always ready to attack. The footballer is not a top scorer, but proves himself again and again by being a versatile player in the midfield. It’s no wonder Manchester United has a lot of money left for this player in 2014.
9. Zinedine Zidane (€ 77.5 million)
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This is the oldest transfer in this top ten, because Zinedine Zidane was bought from Juventus by Real Madrid in 2001. This is still true for the introduction of the Euro! The amount of 77.5 million euros was exceptional for this time, and so Zidane still managed to stay in the top 10. With inflation correction he would certainly shift a large number of places.
8. James Rodríguez (€ 79.8 million)
This Colombian made furore at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He became the top scorer with six goals. It provided him a transfer from AS Monaco to Real Madrid. The Spaniards paid almost 80 million euros for the attacking midfielder. After a moderate start he lived on under trainer Zidane. However, in 2017 he will be rented to Bayern Munich.
7. Luis Suárez (€ 82.3 million)
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He broke through at FC Groningen and soon moved to Ajax. He became a top scorer several times and earned a transfer to Liverpool. At that time, about 26 million euros . A few years later, he was more than the triple worth when Barcelona bought him. In Spain he formed the legendary attack striker with Messi and Neymar.
6. Romelu Lukaku (€ 85 million)
Almost all transfers on this list are international, but not those of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku. He pampered one English club for another. He was bought over by Manchester United in 2017, leaving him to leave the English club Everton. His talent at the young age has made a lot of impression, as Lukaku is one of the only four players who scored 80 goals on the Premier League before they were 24.
5. Gonzalo Higuaín (€ 90 million)
Also for this Argentinian attacker was paid heavily for his domestic transfer. His old club Napoli had to be in place for Juventus in 2016, and there e-club got a good deal for back. The Argentine started his career at River Plate, but was soon taken over by Real Madrid. This was the start of an unprecedented career that brought him to this list in 2016.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (€ 94 million)
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He is one of the most famous football players in the world and a great source of inspiration for incredibly many beginners. The transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo took place between two major powers in the football world: from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The money paid for him in 2009 made him the most expensive football player in the world for a long time, but now this established player has been captured by new talent. In 2017 there were rumors that CR wanted to leave Spain because of a tax loss, who knows what a dizzying amount was paid for perhaps the best footballer in the world !
3. Gareth Bale (€ 100 million)
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For the first time, we pass the 100 million euros in this list. Strikingly enough, this sum is not for one of the many South Americans, Frenchmen or Spaniards on this list but for a football player from Wales.Gareth Bale has an unprecedented speed and is capable of even playing long balls very accurately.That made him buy over from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013 for the 100 million round.These transfers broke all records, but in recent years, it has managed to break the record of Gareth Bale again.
2. Paul Pogba (€ 105 million)
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Manchester United just scored a try to beat Real Madrid when they bought Paul Pogba for 105 million.With this, Gareth Bale’s record was exceeded by 5 million, and Paul Pogba became the new world’s best-paid footballer. Manchester United bought the midfielder from Juventus in 2016. Pogba was incredibly popular because the Frenchman is a midfielder who is very widely deployed. This makes him invaluable for the rest of his team because he can jump wherever he needs.
1. Neymar (€ 222 million)
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During the trans-season of 2017, the football world was on its head when Neymar was bought over with a record amount of no less than 222 million euros. These amounts have never been seen in the world of professional football, with the previous record of 105 million euros. Still, Paris Saint-Germain had this amount of money to buy from Neymar from Barcelona. Neymar is currently among the most famous sportsmen in the world, and is worth a penny for his new club in France because they signed a contract with this soccer Brazilian until 2022.
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