Money is an inseparable part of the field of sport, especially football. It’s a big business that brings huge salaries, not only because of agreements signed with television regarding the transmission of meetings. The players’ transfers to other teams also bring considerable profits. One of the most profitable and loudest was the sale of the Dutch football player Virgil van Dijk from Southampton to Liverpool for 84 million euros. He became the most expensive defender in the history of football. He started playing for Liverpool from January 1, 2018.
Let’s see what the most expensive transfers in the history of football were.
In the top position of the TOP 10 list is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who moved from FC Barcelona to Paris St. Germain in 2017. The club “bought” him for 222 million euros.
In the second place is Kylian Sanmi Mbappé Lottin – from the club AS Monaco to Paris St. Germain in 2017-18 for a huge sum of 180 million euros. For now, the player is loaned to PSG and the transfer will be paid in summer 2018.
The third position belongs to Ousmane Dembélé from the Borussia Dortmund club who moved to Barcelona in 2017 for 105 million euros.
The fourth position is the transfer of football player Paul Labile Pogba, who said goodbye to the Juventus club in Turin and moved to Manchester United in 2016 for a staggering 105 million.
The fifth place is the “transition” Gareth Frank Bale – from the club Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for 101 million euros. The transfer took place in 2013.
In the surprisingly low sixth place is the famous transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid, with whom he has parted in 2009. The footballer cost 94 million euros.
Seventh place is the transfer Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín from the club SSC Napoli to Juventus Turin in 2016 for 90 million euros.
The next position is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who in 2013 switched from FC Santos to FC Barcelona for 88.5 million euros.
The ninth place belongs to the above-mentioned defender – Virgil Van Dijk, who moved from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018 for 84 million euros.
The last position is the transfer of Romel Menama Lukaku – from Everton club to Manchester United in 2017 for 84 million EUR.
Why are transfers needed?
First of all, it’s about the players who in other clubs can deepen their knowledge and gain skills – in a word, expand their wings. As young players, they learn in their first team to later move to the higher league and be able to play with the world’s best football celebrities. If not for transfers – poorly-experienced players could not be in better clubs. Playing also in one team for a long time, the player gets used to the style of playing his colleagues, and changing the team undoubtedly allows you to assimilate a variety of game techniques. It’s a practice necessary to create an almost ideal team, in which the players will be matched to each other by the style of the game and leveled with the skill level.