11 most expensive players in the world


Goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, €52.8m

Buffon’s switch from Parma to Juventus in 2001 remains the highest money paid for a goalkeeper in terms of Euros. Incredible amount if you consider Buffon’s transfer happened 17 years ago.
Centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, €78.8m

Van Dijk’s switched to Liverpool earlier this January created a new record for the most expensive defender in the history of football. His first match was successful after his switch with a debut winner against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup.
Centre-back, John Stones, €55.6m 

Manchester City spent big money on John Stones in 2016 after he played three seasons at Everton to became the world’s most expensive center-back before van Dijk to Liverpool happened earlier this week.
Left-back, Benjamin Mendy, €57.5m

Benjamin Mendy had a outstanding season with Monaco in 2016-17 before Manchester City brought him to technically make him the most expensive left-back.
Right-back, Kyle Walker, €51m

During Manchester City’s big spending  in the summer of 2017, Kyle Walker transferred from Tottenham Hotspur and in doing so has become one of City’s most important players as they sit pretty on top of the Premier League table.
Left midfield, Philippe Coutinho, €120m

After much  speculation, Coutinho finally broke the transfer market record and became Barcelona’s most expensive player and the second-most expensive of all time after coming to Barcelona from Liverpool for the first 100m+ transfer of the year.
Central midfield, Paul Pogba, €105m

When Paul Pogba transferred from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016. He was the most expensive player.Since his move, he has won the Europa League and the EFL Cup under Jose Mourinho.
Right midfield, Ousmane Dembélé, €105m

Immediately, Barcelona lost Neymar Paris saint Germain, they quickly bought  French winger Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering 105m.
Left forward, Neymar, €222m

Neymar jr became the record most expensive player after his historic move from Barcelona to PSG in the summer of 2017 for a staggering 222m. All indications shows he would keep the crown for a long time.
Centre-forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, €94m

Ronaldo maintained as the world-most expensive player for four years when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009. Since then, it payed off for Real Madrid, as he won the Champions League three times, the La Liga twice and the Ballon d’Or four times.
Right forward, Gareth Bale, €101m*

Gareth Bale transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to real Madrid became the first to exceed the €100m mark with his record transfer in 2013. He has since had an injury dominated career in the Spanish capital but chipped in with key goals in cup finals.
*Kylian Mbappe, at a value of €145m doesn’t make the team because he is still on a season-long loan with PSG from Monaco with the deal only becoming permanent next summer


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