The most expensive transfers

If the star can not be grown, it remains to buy it. Such tactics are adhered to by many tycoons who want to make their football club the most. In football came millions, money to buy players are allocated more and more. Let’s talk about the 30 most expensive players in the history of football (the most expensive amount paid for the player is taken into account).

The most expensive transfers


Cristiano Ronaldo

(MJ – Real Madrid), 94 million euros. In Madrid Real Madrid returned Florentino Perez, who in the previous board just bought all the stars. And now, hardly becoming president in 2009, he gave the fans the expected Cristiano Ronaldo, about the transition of which rumors were exaggerated for the last 2 years. And a football player can be understood – every football player wants to play in the “Real”, especially in Manchester have already won all the imaginable trophies.


Zinedine Zidane

(Juventus – Real Madrid), 73.5 million euros. For a long time this transfer was the most expensive, it seemed that it would be impossible to beat it. The leader of Juventus moved to Real Madrid, becoming there quickly as a leader. His game became more wise and spectacular, Zinedine himself became the champion of Spain, winning the Champions League, having spent more than 220 matches for Real Madrid. The fans and the club’s management begged the football player not to leave, but he was adamant, leaving right after the 2006 World Cup. Today Zidane is one of the legends of the Madrid club, the adviser Florentino Perez.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

(Inter Barcelona), 69.5 million euros. In 2009, Barcelona, ​​not wanting to lag behind the Madrid rivals, turned the super deal. Inter Milan went to the main striker Eto’o, and in the opposite direction was purchased Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The total value of the transaction with the surcharge was almost 70 million euros. The Swede of Bosnian origin became famous for his filigree technique. His career was on an ascending – Malmo-Ajax-Juventus-Inter … And everywhere the scorer never stopped scoring goals. Coach “Barcelona” Guardiola was able to rebuild the tactical scheme for his vision, with a powerful attacker on the edge of the attack. Ibrahimovich is the best in his role in the world. Only now, despite the goals scored, the Swede’s game leaves a double impression – lapping continues.



(Milan – Real Madrid), 65 million euros. A little earlier than Cristiano Ronaldo, was acquired by another owner of the “Golden Ball” – Kaka from Milan. The Brazilian has won the love of the Italian fans, being the main star of the club. However, the delicious proposal, coupled with the debts of “Milan” did the impossible – Kaka moved to Madrid. It is worth noting that a year before, the football player had rejected an even more impressive offer of the Sheikh hosts of Manchester City. According to rumors, the Arabs offered 120 million euros, but the player did not dare then to leave the club and go to the English middle peasant.


Luis Figo

(Barcelona – Real Madrid), 60 million euros. In 2000, Luis, who by that time became the idol of Barcelona, ​​unexpectedly moved into the camp of the worst enemy. This purchase was the first acquisition for Perez, the beginning of the starry “Real”. Figo, however, every time, staying at the stadium in Barcelona, ​​met a barrage of insults and abuse for his “betrayal.” There is a well-known case when a football player was even launched from the stands with a pig’s head. In 2005, the footballer, having spent for Real only in the championship 163 matches, went to finish the game in Inter.


Hernan Jorge Crespo

(Parma-Lazio), 55 million euros. Lazio in 1999-2000 became an ambitious and vivid project by Sergio Craniotti. The Argentinean was supposed to be the top scorer, and he did not disappoint, with 26 goals in the first season becoming the best sniper of Serie A. Soon the hammering striker left the club to replace in Inter Milan, Chelsea, Milan, Inter, Genoa, Parma again … The performances in Lazio became the peak of Hernan’s career.


Gianluigi Buffon

(Parma – Juventus), 54.1 million euros. In 2001, the poor Parma could not resist the offer of Juventus. And the Turin club has not lost.The main goalkeeper of the Italian national team is still No. 1 in Juventus, having passed with him through a humiliating scandal of match-fixing matches and a link to Serie B. Despite the tempting offers of European and Italian grandees Buffon, unlike many other Turintsy did not leave the club, becoming a true symbol of Juventus.


Gisca Mendieta

(Valencia – Lazio), 48 million euros. Shortly before the transfer, Valencia made a sensation in European football, it’s no wonder that the captain’s eye was laid by the eye of “Lazio” ambitious Kranjotti. However, the transfer was one of the most unfortunate in the history of football. The Spaniard has absolutely not taken root in the club, only occasionally going on to replace. For Lazio Mendieta had only 20 matches, he finished his career in the modest English of Middlesbrough. It is interesting that the transfer proceedings ended only recently, for a long time the amount of the deal was not paid in full by the Italians.


Andrei Shevchenko

(Milan – Chelsea), 46 million euros. Almost immediately after the acquisition of Roman Abramovich Chelsea, the new owner began courting Shevchenko for the transition to his club. For the time being Andrei was restraining himself. However, in 2006 he left Milan, triggering a storm of indignation and incomprehension with Tiffozy, because Andrei had become one of the best goalies in the history of Milan. However, according to Shevchenko such a step was simply necessary for his family. The career of the football player in Chelsea has developed ambiguously. A good start and confidence of the coach was replaced by injuries, surgery and recession. As a result – 76 matches and 22 goals. After a two-year lease in Milan (26/2) Shevchenko returned to his native Kiev, finish playing in the “Dynamo”.


Rio Ferdinand

(Leeds – MJ), 46 million euros. In 2002, Manchester United acquired a prospective defender of Leeds for a record amount for a player of this role. Time has shown that this transaction did not become a mistake. Today, Ferdinand is the captain of England and the pillar of defense of the English grandee.


Christian Vieri

(Lazio – Inter), 45 million euros. In the last year of the 20th century, Vieri left Lazio, where he spent 1 season in Inter. After all, Ronaldo needed a star mate. At that time, this transfer was the largest in the history of football. Despite the fact that Christian scored for Inter in the series “A” 103 goals, the Scudetto fans have not waited. Vieri himself later made an amazing trip – Milan, Monaco, Atalanta, Fiorentina …



(Inter Real Madrid), 43.5 million euros. Career Ronaldo in Inter did not ask, the whole fault of the injury. As a result, over 5 years – less than 70 matches in the championship. In 2002, the striker, only recovering from injury, moved to Real Madrid, which continued to buy up the stars. 118 goals scored in 194 games is an excellent result, but the ending of the performance was smeared with scandals, overweight and misunderstanding with the coach. As a result, the Brazilian went to Milan for a “modest” 10 million. Now the “Phenomenon” is playing out in Brazil.



(Real Madrid – Man City), 43 million euros. In 2008, the Arab sheiks began to build a new Manchester City. On the last day of the application company from Real Madrid, Robinho was acquired, which no longer has a place in the base. It is interesting that until the last moment all the media were trumpeting about the imminent transfer of the Brazilians to Chelsea. Robinho quickly became one of the leaders of the club. However, with the arrival of the City’s coaching bridge in 2010, the Italian Mancini and the form-losing Robinho in general was sent to Brazil for rent.


Juan Sebastian Veron

(Lazio – MJ), 42.6 million euros. In 2001, Manchester United acquired the starred midfielder Lazio for an impressive amount. However, the “Witcher” never managed to settle down in England. Later, the mankunians were able to sell Verona to Chelsea for a large sum, where he only confirmed his discrepancy with the English style.



(Sao Paulo – Betis). In 1998, this transfer surprised everyone. Middle of Spain Examples immediately after the World Cup bought one of the most promising players of the Brazilian national team.However, the transfer amount really shocked, becoming a record at that time. Denilson eventually became a big disappointment – showing a good game, he could not realize his talent in Betis. After Spain, the career of the football player went sharply down – Saudi Arabia, the US and even Vietnam. Footballer is famous for no longer sports successes, but because he was once the most expensive player in the world.


Rui Costa

(Fiorentina – Milan), 42 million euros. 2001 leader of “Fiorentina” moved to “Milan”, which was in desperate need for a creative player. The Champions League and the championship were won with the Italians. After spending 169 matches in Milan, the Portuguese at the age of 34 returned to finish playing at home.


Dani Alves

(Seville – Barcelona), 41.5 million euros. Alves is a typical Brazilian defender with a bias on the attack and flaws in the defense. Well, in Barcelona they love spectacular football. So the transfer of the football player to the Catalan club in 2008 for anybody did not become a surprise. Barcelona did not stint on the transfer.


Pavel Nedved

(Lazio – Juventus), 41.2 million euros. In Juventus in 2001, Nedved moved already established star, becoming one of the creators of Scudetto “Lazio”. However, the Czech quickly became the leader in Juventus, becoming one of the few who did not leave the club after being sent to “Serie B”. Only in the championship Nedved spent 247 matches for the Turinians, ended his career on May 31, 2009 with a match against Lazio. It was in Juventus that Paul received the “Golden Ball” in 2003.


Filippo Inzaghi

(Juventus – Milan), 40.9 million euros. Many laughed at Inzaghi for his manner of constantly getting into the offside, but it was this style that allowed the attacker to score and score. After having played for Juventus 165 games and scoring 89 goals, Philippe moved to Milan in 2001, where he still plays! It was here that Inzaghi won 2 Champions League, the double of this veteran in 2007 brought the Italians an honorable trophy.


Mark Overmars

(Arsenal – Barcelona), 40 million euros. In Barcelona Overmars switched, being one of the stars of “Arsenal”. In 2000, this jet player literally flew across the field. Unfortunately, Mark could never become the first violin anywhere, but he always successfully joined the team game. That testimony is almost a hundred matches for the Catalans. In the memory of the fans, Overmars remained as one of the fastest and most technical players of his time. Left football due to an injury at the age of 31, the return after 4 years in the supernumerary Dutch “Go Ehed Eagles” was more symbolic.


Dimitar Berbatov

(Tottenham-MJ), 38 million euros. The career of the Bulgarian went on an ascending one – CSKA (Sofia) – Bayer – Tottenham – Manchester United. The transition from Tottenham in 2008 was signed just hours before the transfer window was closed. However, the injuries do not yet allow the Bulgarian to reveal, although Sir Alex believes in him, not only noting the player’s bombardment qualities, but also skillful actions in podygryshe.


Fernando Torres

(Atletico – Liverpool), 38 million euros. It has long been clear that Torres has outgrown the level of Atlético. The question was only who of the grandees would entice the rising star to himself. The second club for Fernando was Liverpool, it happened in 2007. I must say, the union turned out to be mutually beneficial. It is difficult today to introduce the English without Torres. In the debut season, he broke the Premier League record for goals scored by foreigners. Only the trophies are not enough, but Fernando is ahead.


Michael Essien

(Lyon-Chelsea), 38 million euros. Many were perplexed by the high cost of Essien. In 2005, the player nicknamed “Bison” moved to London. With his game and versatility, Michael quickly acquitted himself. In the 2006/207 season he was voted the best player of the club, today he has more than 100 matches for Chelsea. Essien is distinguished by unyielding, stiffness, strong impact. This is a real fighter, not shunning black work.


David Beckham

(MJ – Real Madrid), 37.5 million euros.They say that the cause of this transfer in 2003 was the boot, in anger thrown by coach MJ Ferguson into the head of a stellar player. In Manchester, David won a lot of trophies, became an idol of advertising, but for complete success, there was not enough stay in Real Madrid. Staying in Spain was ambiguous for the player, David could not find his game, and used it often in unusual positions. But the club easily recouped the transfer for promotional activities. 159 matches, 20 goals and the title of champion of Spain – these are the achievements of Beckham in Real Madrid.


Wayne Rooney

(Everton – United), 37 million euros. In 2004, it seemed like a risky step to spread such money for a young promising 18-year-old striker. However, the purchase justified itself. Today it is the leader of Manchester and the England team.


Didier Drogba

(Lyon-Chelsea), 37 million euros. The year 2004 marked one of the largest purchases of Abramovich as the owner of Chelsea. Transfer Ivorian was successful – with all the coaches Drogba played and scored. 300 matches and more than 100 goals that proof.


Lilian Thuram

(Parma – Juventus), 36.5 million euros. Together with Buffon, Juventus bought in Parma and this defender, who became the mainstay of the defense of the Turinians. After 144 matches in the championship, Lillian moved to Barcelona, ​​not wanting to play in the series “B”.


Arjen Robben

(Chelsea – Real Madrid), 36 million euros. Terribly talented, but also an injured player moved in 2007 from Chelsea to Real Madrid. Conducting for Madrid 2 years 63 matches and winning the championship of Spain, Robben moved to Bavaria.


Javier Saviola

(River Plate – Barca), 35.9 million euros. In 2001, Saviola moved to Barcelona as one of the most promising forwards. However, expectations did not justify, spending further seasons on rent.


Xabi Alonso

(Liverpool – Real Madrid), 35.4 million euros. In 2009, the Spaniard returned to his homeland. Many were puzzled why Real, having a long-standing problem in the center of the field, does not pay attention to one of the best domestic opornikov. And then Xabi Alonso moved from Liverpool to Florentine Perez’s team, becoming a significant part of the new “galaxy”.

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