Soccer players earn millions each year through endorsements but they also earn millions as transfer fee for leaving their current football club and joining the new one. Following is the list of top 10 most expensive player transfers in football history.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Transfer Fee: $130 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo Belongs to Portugal and plays for Real Madrid Football Club. He is known as a player who can change whole scenario of the game in just few seconds. He is known as one of the best football player ever along with Lionel Messi and David Beckham. This is the reason why Real Madrid bought him from Manchester United in 2009 for $130 Million. He is at the top of the list of most expensive football player transfers in history.
Most Expensive Player Transfers in Football History – Top 10
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Transfer Fee: $94 Million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional footballer, known for his very impressive striking skills. In most of his career he has not stayed at one club for a long time. After looking at his talent Barcelona football club bought him from Inter Milan for a $94 million fee but he stayed their just for one year and now Ibrahimovic plays for the French club, Paris Saint-Germain. In 2012, he was ranked 5th in The Guardian’s 100 Best Footballers in the world.
Transfer Fee: $90 Million
The Brazilian player Kaka moved from AC Milan to Real Madrid in 2009 at a cost of $90 million. This was the second highest transfer fee ever before Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid later that year. Kaka is a very famous soccer player among fans and has the second highest followers on his twitter account among footballers.
4. Fernando Torres
Transfer Fee: $79 Million
Fernando Torres is a Spanish footballer who plays for Chelsea as a striker. Fernando was at his best game when he transferred from Liverpool to Chelsea for a $79 million fee but since then he has not been able to live up to the reputation of being a attacking goal scoring player. His future with Chelsea is doubtful but still he is at number 4 on our list.
5. Radamel Falcao
Transfer Fee: $77 Million
Radamel Falcao is a footballer from Colombia who plays as a striker for AS Monaco currently. Considered as the deadliest striker in the world by many experts Falcao is a precious player to have in any team. That’s why in 2013, Monaco paid a $77 million transfer fee to Radamel Falcao when he left Atletico Madrid.
Transfer Fee: $74 Million
The rising star fro Brazil made headlines when he moved from Santos to Barcelona FC in 2013 with a transfer fee of $74 million. Neymar is just 21 years old and is already the eighth highest paid football player in the world. With this transfer fee he is at number six among the most expensive player transfers in football history.
7. Zinedine Zidane
Transfer Fee: $65 Million
One of the greatest of all time Zinedine Zidane is a legend in football history. Along with his superb game he is most famous for his headbutt to the opponent team player in 200 FIFA World Cup. He moved from Juventus to Real Madrid at a transfer fee of $65 million in 2001. Zinedine Zidane is a three time FIFA World Player of the Year.
8. Hernan Crespo
Transfer Fee: $60 Million
Hernan is a retired footballer from Argentina. In his career of 19 years Hernan Crespo played for 7 football teams and performed well with each of them. In 2000, he received a transfer fee of $60 million from Lazio football club after leaving Parma.
Transfer Fee: $58 Million
In year 2006, the Ukrainian footballer left AC Milan for Chelsea at a transfer fee of $58 million. This can be called less amount of money then what Andriy Shevchenko actually deserved as he is the 3rd all-time highest goal scorer in Champions league history. This transfer fee makes him he 9th most expensive player transfer in football history.
10. Luis Figo
Transfer Fee: $56 Million
Luis Figo is a former fotballer from Portugal. He played for FC Barcelona, Real Maadrid, Internazionale and Sporting CP as a Midfielder. Luis made a shocking news when he left Barcelona in order to join its biggest rival Real Madrid in 2000, for a transfer fee of $56 million.