The Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers Of All Time

The world’s largest football clubs just keep on splashing the cash to buy top star players, who usually fire them to glory.

Not even the Financial Fair Play rules can stop the transfer fees from getting higher and higher.

The Footballing World now looks upon the top 10 most expensive football transfers of all time.

10. David Luiz (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain) £50 million in 2014

The Brazilian defender with the famous giant afro was extremely popular at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, as he helped the Blues win the FA Cup, the Champions’ League and the Europa League in his three highly successful years at the London-based club.

Luiz’s move to Paris was a shock, but he wasn’t entirely in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Erratic: Luiz created a shock by moving to Paris but was clearly not a part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Chelsea

9. Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid to Monaco) £51 million in 2013

The summer of 2013 saw Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao hot property, and French money-giants Monaco lured the deadly goalscorer to France.

‘El Tigre’ had fired in 70 goals in just 91 appearances for Atletico Madrid, which saw the high price for the Falcao transfer, but after just one injury-hit season at Monaco, he moved to Manchester United for a £6million loan deal in the early hours of Tuesday this week, as the Red Devils saw off Arsenal and Manchester City to securing his signature.

Moved on: Falcao has already left Monaco after one season and signed for Manchester United on-loan 

8. Edison Cavani (Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain) £55 million in 2013

After impressing in his three years in Italian top-flight football with Napoli, where he scored 96 times in 116 appearances, Cavani headed to France where he joined big money-spenders Paris Saint-Germain.

He has already won a treble of trophies with the Paris-based club, including the 2014 Ligue 1 title.

Prolific: The Uruguay international has already won three trophies in Paris including the 2014 Ligue 1 title

8. Kaka (AC Milan to Real Madrid) £56 million in 2009

After six scintillating season with AC Milan, where he won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007, he moved to Real Madrid in 2009.

Despite winning the La Liga title with the Madrid-based club in 2012, injuries and inconsistent form saw him head back for Milan last year.

The former Brazilian international playmaker has already progressed by signing a move to MLS side Orlando City for 2015.

At the moment, though, Kaka is on loan at his first club Sao Paulo.

Hit and miss: Kaka joined Real Madrid with huge expectations but the playmaker never reached that billing

6. Angel di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United) £60 million in 2014

The Red Devils smashed the British transfer record by signing di Maria from Real Madrid for £60, as United continue to to their summer rebuilding with new boss Louis van Gaal.

The Argentina forward had a fine World Cup in Brazil but tragically missed out on Argentina’s final with Germany due to injury.

After four seasons where he was instrumental for Real Madrid, he arrives at Old Trafford with a high reputation, and was awarded Man of the Match when Los Blancos won the Champions’ League in May this year.

Good s: Di Maria started for United at Burnley on Saturday and was in fine form before being substituted

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter to Barcelona) £40 million in 2009

Ibrahimvoc signed for Barcelona following three successive Serie A titles with Inter Milan.

However, he played just one season at the Nou Camp, as he scored 16 goals in 29 appearances, he left having fell out with manager Pep Guardiola.

It was Lionel Messi and Guardiola who was blamed by the Scandinavian hitman claiming that his former boss used to ‘bully’ him.

He has since played for AC Milan, and then was signed by Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012, where he helped them win 2 successive Ligue 1 titles.

Short stint: The striker only lasted a year at the Nou Camp having fallen out with manager Pep Guardiola

4. James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid) £63 million in 2014

Rodriguez scored in every game in the World Cup this summer for Colombia until they crashed out of the quarter-final to hosts Brazil, as they reached that stage for the very first time.

He scored 6 goals in total, being the tournament’s leading scorer, one clear of Germany’s Thomas Muller, which included his stunning 25-yard volley against Uruguay, which was voted goal of the tournament on

He then signed for Real Madrid from French club Monaco.

New Galactico: James Rodriguez signed for Real Madrid after catching the eye at the World Cup this summer

3. Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona) £75 million in 2014

Suarez, who is known to be controversial, had a superb record with Liverpool despite a series of incidents.

The Uruguay international fired in 82 goals in just 125 games for the Reds.

Despite having to serve a four-month ban because of biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup this summer, he was signed by Barcelona, and has yet to make his competitive debut for them.

Controversial: Luis Suarez left Liverpool after a series of incidents overshadowed his fine goal scoring record 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid) £80 million in 2009

Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the Bernabeu in a protracted transfer saga.

Six sensational seasons at Manchester United saw him win three Premier League titles and the Champions’ League in 2008 for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils.

Since arriving at Los Blacos in 2009, he has scored 178 goals in 166 appearances for them, which means that he is Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer.

The Portuguese superstar guided Real to their 2012 La Liga title and their Champions’ League victory in May this summer.

Galactico: Cristiano Ronaldo has been a huge success at Real Madrid since leaving Manchester United in 2009

1. Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid) £86million in 2013

Hi last three seasons before joining Los Blancos saw Bale in terrific form at Tottenham since he arrived at White Hart Lane in 2007.

The Welshman transformed his career from a troubled left-back, set as a benchwarmer at Spurs, into a match-winner.

He scored some crucial goals for the North London club for fun, and as Real Madrid couldn’t stand watching him anymore, they just bought him, for a record fee last summer.

The 25-year-old had a dream first season with Real as the forward played a major role in their Champions’ League and Copa Del Rey successes.

Dream move: Gareth Bale left Tottenham last summer to join Real Madrid in the most expensive signing ever


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