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Who is the most expensive player signing ever?

Over the past few years, the transfer market has seen what can best be described as market inflation.

It all started in 2017 when Paris Saint-Germain splashed €222m on the transfer of Brazil International Neymar Junior from Barcelona. They also paid a whooping €145m (+€35m) to secure French man Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

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The transfer of Neymar from Barcelona is the most expensive player signing in the history of football. PSG is seen as the market disrupter when it comes to player transfer in Europe.

most expensive player signing ever

Most of the transfers on this list are to clubs under UEFA’s jurisdiction and most of the purchasing clubs are from England, France, Italy and Spain.

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Top 50 Most Expensive Player Signing Ever

The following is a list of most expensive association football transfers, which details the highest transfer fees ever paid for players, as well as transfers which set new world transfer records. The first recorded record transfer was of Willie Groves from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for £100 in 1893 (equivalent to £12,000 in 2021).

This occurred just eight years after the introduction of professionalism by the Football Association in 1885. most expensive player signing ever

 The current transfer record was set by the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million (£190 million) in August 2017.

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most expensive player signing ever

Pos.PlayerClubsYearFee
1NeymarBarcelona – PSG2017€222m
2Kylian MbappeMonaco – PSG2017€145m (+€35m)
3Joao FelixBenfica – Atletico Madrid2019€126m
=4Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool – Barcelona2018€120m (+€40m)
=4Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid – Barcelona2019€120m
6Jack GrealishAston Villa – Manchester City2021€117m
7Romelu LukakuInter – Chelsea2021€115m
=8Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund – Barcelona2017€105m (+€45m)
=8Paul PogbaJuventus – Manchester United2016€105m
10Gareth BaleTottenham – Real Madrid2013€100.8m
=11Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid – Juventus2018€100m
=11Eden HazardChelsea – Real Madrid2019€100m (+€40m)
13AntonyAjax – Manchester United2022€95m (+€5m)
14Cristiano RonaldoManchester United – Real Madrid2009€94m
15Gonzalo HiguainNapoli – Juventus2016€90m
16Harry MaguireLeicester City – Manchester United2019€87.1m
17NeymarSantos – Barcelona2013€86.2m
18Jadon SanchoBorussia Dortmund – Manchester United2021€85m
19Romelu LukakuEverton – Manchester United2017€84.8m
20Virgil van DijkSouthampton – Liverpool2018€84.5m
21Luis SuarezLiverpool – Barcelona2014€82.3m
22Wesley FofanaLeicester City – Chelsea2022€80.6m
=23Aurelien TchouameniMonaco – Real Madrid2022€80m (+€20m)
=23James RodriguezMonaco – Real Madrid2014€80m
=23Kepa ArrizabalagaAthletic Club – Chelsea2018€80m
=23Lucas HernandezAtletico Madrid – Bayern Munich2019€80m
=23Romelu LukakuManchester United – Inter2019€80m
28Nicolas PepeLille – Arsenal2019€79m
29Alvaro MorataReal Madrid – Chelsea2017€78.9m
30Zinedine ZidaneJuventus – Real Madrid2001€77.5m
=31Darwin NunezBenfica – Liverpool2022€75m (+€25m)
=31Matthijs de LigtAjax – Juventus2019€75m (+€10.5m)
=31Kevin De BruyneWolfsburg – Manchester City2015€75m
=31Frenkie de JongAjax – Barcelona2019€75m
=31Dusan VlahovicFiorentina – Juventus2022€75m
36Angel Di MariaReal Madrid – Manchester United2014€74.6m
37Alisson BeckerRoma – Liverpool2018€73m
38Arthur MeloBarcelona – Juventus2020€72m (+€10m)
39CasemiroReal Madrid – Manchester United2022€71m (+€11.8m)
=40Kai HavertzBayer Leverkusen – Chelsea2020€70m (+€9m)
=40Luka JovicEintracht Frankfurt – Real Madrid2019€70m
=40RodriAtletico Madrid – Manchester City2019€70m
43Zlatan IbrahimovicInter – Barcelona2009€69.5m
44Raheem SterlingLiverpool – Manchester City2015€69.1m
45Ruben DiasBenfica – Manchester City2020€68m (+€3.6m)
46Riyad MahrezLeicester City – Manchester City2019€67.8m
47Matthijs de LigtJuventus – Bayern Munich2022€67m (+€10m)
48Diego CostaChelsea – Atletico Madrid2018€66m
49Marc CucurellaBrighton – Chelsea2022€65.1m (+€8.2m)
=50Alexander IsakReal Sociedad – Newcastle United2022€65m (+€5m)
=50Thomas LemarMonaco – Atletico Madrid2018€65m
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