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Most Expensive Football Transfers Ever

We have a list of the highest transfer fees ever paid in association football. Name the players.
Through August 31, 2023. According to Wikipedia.
Only disclosed transfer fees. Not adjusted for inflation. Based on the price paid in Euros.
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Last updated: September 1, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 6, 2012
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Euros
Year
Destination
Player
222 m
2017
PSG
Neymar
180 m
2018
PSG
Kylian Mbappé
145 m
2018
Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho
126 m
2019
Atlético Madrid
João Félix
121 m
2023
Chelsea
Enzo Fernández
120 m
2019
Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann
117 m
2021
Man. City
Jack Grealish
116.6 m
2023
Arsenal
Declan Rice
116.2 m
2023
Chelsea
Moisés Caicedo
115 m
2021
Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku
105 m
2017
Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé
105 m
2016
Man. United
Paul Pogba
103 m
2023
Real Madrid
Jude Bellingham
100 m
2023
Bayern Munich
Harry Kane
100 m
2019
Real Madrid
Eden Hazard
100 m
2018
Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo
100 m
2013
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale
95 m
2022
Man. United
Antony
Euros
Year
Destination
Player
94 m
2009
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
90 m
2023
Man. City
Joško Gvardiol
90 m
2023
Al Hilal
Neymar
90 m
2016
Juventus
Gonzalo Higuain
87 m
2019
Man. United
Harry Maguire
85 m
2017
Man. United
Romelu Lukaku
85 m
2021
Man. United
Jadon Sancho
84.5 m
2018
Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk
84 m
2020
Chelsea
Kai Havertz
82.3 m
2014
Barcelona
Luis Suárez
82 m
2022
Chelsea
Wesley Fofana
80 m
2019
Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku
80 m
2019
Arsenal
Nicolas Pépé
80 m
2018
Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga
80 m
2022
Real Madrid
Aurélien Tchouaméni
80 m
2019
Bayern Munich
Lucas Hernandez
76 m
2001
Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane
101 Recent Comments
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2014
Hopefully you're going to update this list once the summer window is finished. I mean, Real Madrid adding more and more and more names to the list, PSG and ManU buying defenders at very high prices (and probably regretting about it) and so more things like those.
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Level 78
Feb 3, 2015
PSG doesn't regret, Qatar is paying. Limitless.
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2014
update for Suarez, Rodriguez, Mangala, Shaw
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Level 42
Aug 13, 2014
The quiz will be updated once the summer transfer window is closed
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Level 84
Aug 19, 2014
Don't think anybody paid £38m for Aguero in 2001. He would have been 13 years old then. Some prodigy!
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Level 28
Sep 10, 2017
They might for his son though, who's also Maradona's grandson.
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Level 78
Aug 19, 2014
The year for Crespo should be 2000.
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Level 84
Aug 19, 2014
Pretty sure the year for Aguero should be 2011.
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Level ∞
Aug 19, 2014
Sorry the errors in the dates have been fixed.
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Level 27
Aug 19, 2014
so if you take away real madrid and barcelona, you would be left with half a quiz!
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Level 79
Aug 20, 2014
haha...I got 4
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Level 52
Aug 20, 2014
Eden Hazard?
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Level 25
Sep 8, 2014
Update for Di Maria
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Level 66
Sep 9, 2014
Angel Di Maria's moved from Real to Man Utd for 59.7 million. Pls update
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Level 28
Nov 20, 2014
Far too much money in the sport now. Also what a joke that Andy Carroll transfer was.
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Level 9
Jan 24, 2015
I'm pretty sure Ibrahimovic moved to psg after the qatarians bought them in 2011
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Level 78
Feb 3, 2015
Wow, you are SO perceptive !
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Level 23
Jun 13, 2015
how did I miss ibrahimovic?!
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Level 22
Jul 31, 2015
Should be updated to include likes of Sterling and Di Maria...again
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2015
And Martial, don't forget ManU last summer blunder (Not talking about the player, but about the way ManU did those negotiations).
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Level 38
Oct 8, 2015
Transfer fee of Mangala reveald as 42M, not a 32M
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Level 39
Nov 22, 2015
Can this one please get an update
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Level 69
Dec 13, 2015
So many great players here, Ronaldo, Zidane, Ibra... and then there's Andy carroll.
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Level 30
Aug 1, 2016
Update after this summer. There is a new number 3
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Level 47
Aug 17, 2016
Pogba (105) and Higuain (90) new numbers 1 and 4, respectively.
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Level 69
Sep 7, 2016
Maybe accept just "James" for James Rodriguez?
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Level 78
Sep 5, 2017
It should be accepted, as that's how the player is known and the name he sports in his shirt.
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Level 29
Oct 17, 2016
Ahahaahhahha David Luiz XDDDDD
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Level 52
Feb 18, 2017
What about Oscar?
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Level 37
Aug 4, 2017
this definitely needs to be updated now! £200million for a player makes pogba seem cheap af
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Level 65
Aug 24, 2017
There is a new "top 2" most expensive transfers! Both of 100 million! Amazing!
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Level 79
Sep 1, 2017
You got Cavani's 2013 transfer twice.
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Level ∞
Sep 2, 2017
Fixed
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Level 43
Sep 5, 2017
Can you correct this.. Neymar bought out his own contract and moved on a free transfer.. we all know where the money came from but saying it was a £198m transfer is not technically correct..
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Level 66
Sep 5, 2017
John Stones. Good god.
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Level 66
Sep 6, 2017
where are mbappe and sigurdsson?
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Level 62
Jun 16, 2024
I don't know about Mbappe but Sigurdsson's in jail.
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Level 56
Sep 6, 2017
Will Mbappe be added now or later?
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Level 84
Sep 9, 2017
Later. Right now Mbappé is on loan, but the fee clause will bring him next year.
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Level ∞
Sep 14, 2017
Must be the case. Neither Wikipedia nor Transfermarkt list him.
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Level 84
Sep 9, 2017
At this rate, the quiz image must be changed next year. To think that Zidane's transfer was once thought insurmountable... now even Stones costs more!
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Level 24
Sep 13, 2017
mbappe is 2nd most expenisve now at about 150million pounds
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Level 56
Oct 2, 2017
8 transfers on the list are 2017, all but one in the past 10 years, talk about inflation
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2018
Add Coutinho
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2018
And Van Dijk
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Level 43
Jan 30, 2018
Funny thing is I counted maybe 5 players that are real legends and maybe 3 that were worth the money. Back in the days when you payed 40-50 million for a player that was a superstar on level of Messi and Ronaldo, like Brazilian Ronaldo, Figo or Zidane. Today they pay this kind of money for some average players. Football has changed, cant see as many stars like even 10-15 years ago. There are 10 superstars and rest are bunch of "no-names"
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Level 71
May 22, 2018
Surely Mbappe & Martial are up there ?
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Level 51
Jul 24, 2018
This needs to be updated badly....the likes of Coutinho, Van Dijk, Mbappe and Mahrez should all be there
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2018
Plus aubameyang, allison, laporte and maybe richarlison, cos everton apparently just payed around £50 million for him
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Level 70
Dec 14, 2018
How about accepting "James" as nobody ever refers to this player as "Rodríguez"? Plus, even Bayern Munich write James on their shirts.
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2019
Okay
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Level 58
Jan 2, 2019
This quiz desparately needs an update, were in the 3rd transfer window since the last update, in which time allison, kepa, van dijk, ronaldo (again), laporte, mahrez, pulisic, aubameyang and probably a few others ive forgotten should easily make this list
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Level 72
Apr 19, 2019
Hard to believe an American is on this list (Pulisic).

I hope he delivers!

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Level 68
Dec 31, 2019
You should update this quiz from this summer transfers with Hazard, Maguire, Pépé, Lukaku ... Or maybe you can wait next month with the new transfers coming ^^
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Level 22
Feb 4, 2020
where is de Bruyne ?
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2020
He's at the half-way line. Wait no, he's dribbled past a defender, now passing to Portuguese Silva, ball goes back to de Bruyne at the penalty line, cross to Agüero - de Gea is caught on the wrong foot and GOAL FOR MAN CITY!
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Level 65
Feb 5, 2020
It's heartbreaking to see the amount of mediocre players on this list...
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Level 68
Feb 14, 2020
Modern football for you!
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Level 68
Feb 14, 2020
Was very confused not to see Kaka on this list. As I remember he was the most expensive ever signing, for a week before Ronaldo signed for £80m back in 2009 - But had to research it and he was the most expensive player in pounds, but still wasn't more expensive than Zizu in Euros - Head, baffled...
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Level 84
Feb 14, 2020
Wasn't van Dijk 75m?
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Level 54
Feb 14, 2020
Who’s the bloke in the photo??... don’t really care just curious... soccer is a terrible game... they are getting too much money...
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Level 68
Feb 14, 2020
That's Brazilian Neymar - The guy at the top of the list, the most expensive player. FYI if you click on JetPunk feature photos, they usually take you to the source of the image where you can see who/ what it is of.
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Level 38
Jan 21, 2023
Its Football not Soccer
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Level 65
Feb 14, 2020
In 2020, 10 guys out of 30 born in France...

Quite impressive

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Level 54
Feb 14, 2020
Thanks clivey
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Level 53
Feb 21, 2020
Some of these prices can't be right... sure Ronaldo (2018) cost more than Pogba did. Also Hazard, Mbappe and Coutinho sold for a lot more than it says on here.
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Level 28
Jun 17, 2020
how can you type James, Kepa and Zlatan and get it correct but not Virgil (he has that on his shirt)?
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Level 82
Jul 29, 2020
The vast majority prove exactly how good their agents are, maybe only 8 or 10 proved to be worth anything like their transfer fee.
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Level 76
Jun 2, 2021
I would say out of everyone on this list De Bruyne has/was the most worth the money but there is an argument to be made for many of them, and we will just have to see how some others do.
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Level 69
Aug 11, 2021
Needs to be updated.
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Level 62
Aug 27, 2021
Needs to be even more updated now, wow.
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Level 85
Sep 1, 2021
Woohoo! I got the only person on this list that I've ever heard of (Ronaldo), and it was worth 2!
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Level 83
Sep 2, 2021
Too American. ;-)
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Level 89
Sep 7, 2021
Oh, soccer.
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Level 38
Jan 21, 2023
Football
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2021
Forgot Eden Hazard, even though it was only two years ago but a fairly forgettable two years due to injuries and loss of form. James Rodriguez is another whose fall saw him fail to get into an Everton side and then leave to play in Qatar
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2021
5 of these players broke the transfer record at the time (N, PP, GB, CR, ZZ). Is there any way you can highlight those rows in say yellow to recognise that?
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Level 35
Mar 17, 2022
I'm pretty sure the picture is Neymar Jr.
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2022
The fees for Mbappé and Coutinho are swapped
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Level 49
May 1, 2022
Lukaku there three times, crazy
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Level 53
Aug 26, 2022
For more tricky football quizzes:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1643179/uefa-champions-league-trivia

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Level 56
Aug 28, 2022
Maguire and Lakaka LOL
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Level 80
Aug 31, 2022
For some reason Havertz to Chelsea is mentioned twice in this quiz
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Level 63
Aug 31, 2022
Bit of a mess tbh, Havertz in twice. Some are adjusted for inflation and some arent, Zidane cost €52 million back then.
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Level ∞
Aug 31, 2022
Fixed the Havertz problem.

None of the numbers are adjusted for inflation. Perhaps you are getting your info from an inaccurate source. The fee was originally 150 billion lire, converted to Euros at a fixed exchange rate of 1:1936.27. Hope this helps!

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Level 81
Aug 31, 2022
And finally, some 30 years after I started being interested in football, I can finally say - I know absolutely nothing about it...
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Level 79
Sep 4, 2022
That Coutinho fee now looks like the greatest bargain in history - for Liverpool.
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Level 36
Sep 8, 2022
EPL fan advantage for me.Only missed Tchouameni.
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Level 69
Sep 8, 2022
I feel old seeing how few people got Zidane compared to other players.
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Level 88
Oct 6, 2022
I didn't think to guess him (don't know much about footballers tbh), but his was one of the only names I recognized after I gave up. Then again I guess I'm kinda old.
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Level 46
Sep 8, 2022
too much problems spelling Aurelien Tchouameni, even i'm a madridist
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Level 66
Sep 9, 2022
Most players list here don't play up to the expectation.
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Level 82
Sep 13, 2022
The last answer seems to be wrong? Casemiro isn't in the top 50 in the source link.
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Level 70
Dec 7, 2022
According to your source Cucurella and Casemiro are wron gin that place. Should be Aubameyang and Zlatan to complete the top 36
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Level 38
Jan 21, 2023
The Transfermarkt Fees are much more accurate
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Level ∞
Sep 1, 2023
You are free to fix the Wikipedia page any time you like, although I have a feeling your edits will be reverted by people who are more knowledgeable.
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2023
Wow, Man U have wasted a lot of cash...
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Level 75
Sep 1, 2023
Yeah. Antony? Wow. What a waste. But Chelsea have thrown a lot of money away also.
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Level 72
Sep 1, 2023
Could do with a bit more time or a lot of loosening up on the spelling. Some of those names are fecking difficult to spell.
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Level 79
Sep 1, 2023
Some of these are ridiculous for the quality of the player being transferred.
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Level 66
Sep 13, 2023
What about Randal Kolo Muani to PSG?