The Most Expensive Transfers In World Football
The eyes of the footballing world may well be set on Russia at the moment but that has not stopped a number of clubs from conducting transfer business in the close season. With the 2018/19 campaign just a number of weeks away there is not much time left before the transfer window slams shut.
There have not been a great deal of movers and shakers in regard to the Premier League clubs with Riyad Mahrez’s move to defending champions Manchester City arguably the biggest deal of the few that have taken place.
However, the same cannot be said for matters further afield. Without question the move that has made the headlines is that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid to now link up with Juventus.
The Portuguese icon has decided to call time on his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu, one that has seen him win no fewer than four Champions League titles and although his presence will be missed his former employers have at least seen their coffers swell.
This is thanks to the £100m that is believed to have been paid by Juventus to acquire his services, when you look at the outlay in black and white it must be said that it is a fantastic piece of business that has been conducted by Real Madrid.
The 33 year old has been sold for more than what Real Madrid paid Manchester United a decade ago. Back then it took no less than £80m to prize Ronaldo away from Old Trafford, therefore making a profit of £20m from his sale to Juventus.
Not only that but the now former Real Madrid star is the first player to have two entries in the top 10 most expensive football transfers in history. At the time of writing, he finds himself occupying the number four and number eight slots.
It could well be deemed something of a punt for Juventus pay that much money for someone who is in the last years of their career, while if you were a fan of the club then you could gamble yourself via a wide range of football slot games that are currently available online.
However, even if you were to add the two transfer fees that Ronaldo has occurred together they would not surpass the record transfer in football. An honour that is bestowed to Brazilian international Neymar who swapped Barcelona for PSG twelve months ago.
Rumours have been circulating that Neymar is set to swap the French capital for that of the Spanish one this Summer and with Ronaldo leaving a huge gap to fill in Madrid then it is a piece of gossip that will only get louder in the days and weeks to come.
If Neymar is to make a relatively quick return to La Liga then it is going to take a hefty sum of money for this to happen. One that If it did take place would mean that Neymar would undoubtedly join Cristiano Ronaldo as having two entries in the top ten football transfers of all time.
It took the breaking of a release clause set by Barcelona for PSG to shatter the record transfer last Summer. Now release clauses are meant to be something of a deterrent, a ludicrous figure to warn off any potential suitors.
However, no-one told this to PSG this time last year. In what was one of the most drawn out transfer saga’s ever, last season’s Ligue 1 winners finally got their man at a cost of £198mand should he move to pastures new then you would imagine that it would be a similar fee that is exchanged.
PSG players currently lock out the top two most expensive transfers of all time, but it could well be the man who sits at number two in the chart that could go on to break Neymar’s record and usher in a new era to the sport.
The man who has the world at his feet is none other than the French teenager Kylian Mbappe. He made a name for himself at Monaco as his goal scoring efforts took the Monte Carlo based club to the French league title in 2016/17.
And it was that arrival on the domestic stage that alerted PSG, their Qatari owners obviously had their noses put out of joint after witnessing their club pipped to France’s premier club competition. So much so that they decided to weaken their rivals by splashing out on Mbappe.
It was a deal that saw no money change hands last Summer as the club had financial fair play (FFP) rules to circumnavigate. They did so by only signing Mbappe on loan last season with the understanding that the transfer would be made permanent this time around.
This second part of the deal has now been signed off at a cost of £128m, a huge amount of money by any standards, but when it is for the signature of a footballer who has only just become an adult then it takes on an even greater standing.
And with Mbappe lighting up the World Cup in Russia, his stay in Paris may well be just as short as that of his club teammate Neymar. Logically there is only one club he can go to this Summer, that being Real Madrid.
If he is then you would have to imagine that the fee required for PSG to begrudgingly let him go would be nearer to that of what was spent to acquire the services of Neymar than the fee that was paid to Monaco for Mbappe.
It could well be that we see the transfer record broken again for the second year in a row, if that is the case then it will be a staggering increase in money spent in the past decade making Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid a decade ago looking like small change in comparison.
Something else to consider is that of the current top 10 highest transfers in football, the buying team is represented by just five clubs. PSG, Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United are all in their twice, something that shows there is the rich but then there is also the mega rich.