The 100 most expensive transfers of all-time

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Paris Saint-Germain shook up the football world in the summer of 2017 when they signed Neymar from Barcelona and then promptly prised Kylian Mbappe away from Monaco.

They remain the two most expensive players of all time but there is no denying that PSG's sensational double swoop greatly inflated the transfer market.

Indeed, a number of massive moves quickly followed, with Barcelona looking to try to fill the void left behind by Neymar by signing the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann for nine-figure fees.

Also in Spain, Atletico Madrid splashed €126m on Benfica's prodigious attacking talent Joao Felix, while Real Madrid finally brought Eden Hazard to Santiago Bernabeu for €100m.

The Covid-19 pandemic briefly had a massive impact on the transfer market, but some clubs have seemingly now recovered, with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Antony, Darwin Nunez, Matthijs de Ligt, Wesley Fofana and Aurelien Tchoucameni moving for huge amounts.

More massive deals now look certain to follow, but you can see the current list of the world's most expensive footballers below...

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  1. Most expensive British player
  2. Most expensive teenager
  3. Most expensive defender
  4. Most expensive goalkeeper
  5. Biggest transfer outside of Europe
Pos. Player Clubs Year Fee
1 Neymar Barcelona - PSG 2017 €222m
2 Kylian Mbappe Monaco - PSG 2017 €145m (+€35m)
3 Joao Felix Benfica - Atletico Madrid 2019 €126m
=4 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool - Barcelona 2018 €120m (+€40m)
=4 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid - Barcelona 2019 €120m
6 Jack Grealish Aston Villa - Manchester City 2021 €117m
7 Romelu Lukaku Inter - Chelsea 2021 €115m
=8 Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund - Barcelona 2017 €105m (+€45m)
=8 Paul Pogba Juventus - Manchester United 2016 €105m
10 Gareth Bale Tottenham - Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
=11 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid - Juventus 2018 €100m
=11 Eden Hazard Chelsea - Real Madrid 2019 €100m (+€40m)
13 Antony Ajax - Manchester United 2022 €95m (+€5m)
14 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United - Real Madrid 2009 €94m
15 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli - Juventus 2016 €90m
16 Harry Maguire Leicester City - Manchester United 2019 €87.1m
17 Neymar Santos - Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
18 Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund - Manchester United 2021 €85m
19 Romelu Lukaku Everton - Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
20 Virgil van Dijk Southampton - Liverpool 2018 €84.5m
21 Luis Suarez Liverpool - Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
22 Wesley Fofana Leicester City - Chelsea 2022 €80.6m
=23 Aurelien Tchouameni Monaco - Real Madrid 2022 €80m (+€20m)
=23 James Rodriguez Monaco - Real Madrid 2014 €80m
=23 Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club - Chelsea 2018 €80m
=23 Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid - Bayern Munich 2019 €80m
=23 Romelu Lukaku Manchester United - Inter 2019 €80m
28 Nicolas Pepe Lille - Arsenal 2019 €79m
29 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid - Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
30 Zinedine Zidane Juventus - Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
=31 Darwin Nunez Benfica - Liverpool 2022 €75m (+€25m)
=31 Matthijs de Ligt Ajax - Juventus 2019 €75m (+€10.5m)
=31 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg - Manchester City 2015 €75m
=31 Frenkie de Jong Ajax - Barcelona 2019 €75m
=31 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina - Juventus 2022 €75m
36 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid - Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
37 Alisson Becker Roma - Liverpool 2018 €73m
38 Arthur Melo Barcelona - Juventus 2020 €72m (+€10m)
39 Casemiro Real Madrid - Manchester United 2022 €71m (+€11.8m)
=40 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen - Chelsea 2020 €70m (+€9m)
=40 Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt - Real Madrid 2019 €70m
=40 Rodri Atletico Madrid - Manchester City 2019 €70m
43 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter - Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
44 Raheem Sterling Liverpool - Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
45 Ruben Dias Benfica - Manchester City 2020 €68m (+€3.6m)
46 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City - Manchester City 2019 €67.8m
47 Matthijs de Ligt Juventus - Bayern Munich 2022 €67m (+€10m)
48 Diego Costa Chelsea - Atletico Madrid 2018 €66m
49 Marc Cucurella Brighton - Chelsea 2022 €65.1m (+€8.2m)
=50 Alexander Isak Real Sociedad - Newcastle United 2022 €65m (+€5m)
=50 Thomas Lemar Monaco - Atletico Madrid 2018 €65m
=50 Kaka AC Milan - Real Madrid 2009 €65m
=50 Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club - Manchester City 2018 €65m
=50 Joao Cancelo Juventus - Manchester City 2019 €65m (inc. Danilo)
55 Edinson Cavani Napoli - PSG 2013 €64.5m
56 Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund - Chelsea 2019 €64m
57 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal 2018 €63.75m
58 David Luiz Chelsea - PSG 2014 €62.5m
59 Angel Di Maria Manchester United - PSG 2015 €61.6m
60 Oscar Chelsea - Shanghai SIPG 2017 €60.3m
=61 Achraf Hakimi Inter - PSG 2021 €60m (+€11m)
=61 Miralem Pjanic Juventus - Barcelona 2020 €60m (+€5m)
=61 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City 2022 €60m
=61 Naby Keita RB Leipzig - Liverpool 2018 €60m
=61 Luis Figo Barcelona - Real Madrid 2000 €60m
=61 Tanguy Ndombele Lyon - Tottenham 2019 €60m
=67 Raphinha Leeds United - Barcelona 2022 €59m (+€6m)
=67 Fernando Torres Liverpool - Chelsea 2011 €59m
=69 Fred Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester United 2018 €58.9m
=69 Jorginho Napoli - Chelsea 2018 €58.9m
=69 Hulk Zenit - Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
=69 Ben White Brighton - Arsenal 2021 €58.6m
73 Benjamin Mendy Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
=74 Richarlison Everton - Tottenham 2022 €58m (+€12m)
=74 John Stones Everton - Manchester City 2016 €58m
76 Kyle Walker Tottenham - Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
77 Raheem Sterling Manchester City - Chelsea 2022 €56.2m
78 Ben Chilwell Leicester City - Chelsea 2020 €55.8m
79 Lisandro Martinez Ajax - Manchester United 2022 €55.3m (+€12.5m)
=80 Bruno Fernandes Sporting C.P. - Manchester United 2020 €55m (+€25m)
=80 Hernan Crespo Parma - Lazio 2000 €55m
=80 Ferran Torres Manchester City - Barcelona 2021 €55m
=83 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon - Arsenal 2017 €53m (+€7m)
=83 Timo Werner RB Leipzig - Chelsea 2020 €53m
85 Gabriel Jesus Manchester City - Arsenal 2022 €52.3m
86 Gianluigi Buffon Parma - Juventus 2001 €52m
87 Eliaquim Mangala Porto - Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
88 Jules Kounde Sevilla - Barcelona 2022 €50m (+€10m)
=89 Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Donetsk - Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
=89 Bernardo Silva Monaco - Manchester City 2017 €50m
=89 Fabinho Monaco - Liverpool 2018 €50m
=89 Eder Militao Porto - Real Madrid 2019 €50m
=89 Aaron Wan-Bissaka Crystal Palace - Manchester United 2019 €50m
=89 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid - Arsenal 2020 €50m
=89 Victor Oshimhen Lille - Napoli 2020 €50m
96 Anthony Martial Monaco - Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
97 Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea City - Everton 2017 €49.2m
=98 Leroy Sane Manchester City - Bayern Munich 2020 €49m (+€11m)
=98 Christian Vieri Lazio - Inter 1999 €49m
100 Kalvin Phillips Leeds United - Manchester City 2022 €48.8m (+€3.5m)

Most expensive British player

Jack Grealish became the most expensive British player in football history when Manchester City agreed to meet the buy-out clause of €117m in the England international's Aston Villa contract.

The record had previously belonged to Wales winger Gareth Bale, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 for €100.8m.

Before Grealish's move to the Etihad, Harry Maguire was the costliest English player ever, on account of his €87.1m move from Leicester to Manchester United in 2019.

Most expensive teenager

Kylian Mbappe is the most expensive teenager ever, as he joined PSG on a loan-to-buy deal in 2017 that will be worth €180m after bonuses.

Joao Felix is the second-most expensive teenager, having been signed by Atletico from Benfica for €126m in 2019.

Most expensive defender

Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender of all time when Manchester United forked out €87.1m the England centre-half's services in 2019.

Maguire overtook Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in the process, but only marginally, as the Netherlands international set the Reds back €84.5m when he arrived from Southampton the year before.

Most expensive goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in history. Chelsea spent €80m to meet his Athletic Club release clause in 2018.

For a long time, former Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon held this mark, having joined the Turin outfit from Parma for €52m, which is a colossal fee when inflation is taken into account.

Then, within a matter of weeks, Buffon's record was shattered twice. First, Liverpool brought in Roma's Alisson Becker for €73m, to temporarily take the mark as the world's most expensive keeper.

Not to be outdone, Chelsea snapped up Kepa not even a month later, propelling the Spain international into top spot. 

Biggest transfer outside of Europe

The most a non-European club has ever paid for a player is €60.3m, which Shanghai SIPG handed over to Chelsea for Brazil midfielder Oscar in 2016.

However, with the way the market is going, who knows which record will be shattered next?!

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