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Football transfer fees are always the subject of heated debate – is a club spending too much, are they spending too little, is the player worth 80m, or is he a steal at 5m?

Here’s a look at the players who have, at one time or another, held the title of ‘most expensive footballer ever’.

World Football Transfer Record

All prices are in British pounds.


Year  sort none Football Transfer Fee Records Player  sort none Football Transfer Fee Records From  sort none Football Transfer Fee Records To  sort none Football Transfer Fee Records Fee (Pounds sterling (£))  sort none Football Transfer Fee Records
1893 22px Flag of Scotland.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Willie Groves 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records West Bromwich Albion 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Aston Villa 100
1904 22px Flag of Scotland.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Andy McCombie 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Sunderland 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Newcastle United 700
1905 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Alf Common 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Sunderland 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Middlesbrough 1 000
1922 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Syd Puddefoot 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records West Ham United 22px Flag of Scotland.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Falkirk 5 000
1922 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Warney Cresswell 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records South Shields 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Sunderland 5 500
1928 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records David Jack 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Bolton Wanderers 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Arsenal 10 890
1932 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Bernabé Ferreyra 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Tigre 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records River Plate 23 000
1952 22px Flag of Sweden.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Hans Jeppson 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Atalanta 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Napoli 52 000
1954 22px Flag of Uruguay.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juan Schiaffino 22px Flag of Uruguay.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Peñarol 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Milan 72 000
1957 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Enrique Omar Sivori 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records River Plate 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 93 000
1961 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Luis Suárez 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Internazionale 152 000
1963 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Angelo Sormani 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Mantova 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Roma 250 000
1968 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Pietro Anastasi 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Varese 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 500 000
1973 22px Flag of the Netherlands.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Johan Cruyff 22px Flag of the Netherlands.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Ajax 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 922 000
1975 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Giuseppe Savoldi 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Bologna 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Napoli 1 200 000
1976 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Paolo Rossi 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Vicenza 1 750 000
1982 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Diego Maradona 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Boca Juniors 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 3 000 000
1984 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Diego Maradona 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Napoli 5 000 000
1987 22px Flag of the Netherlands.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Ruud Gullit 22px Flag of the Netherlands.svg Football Transfer Fee Records PSV Eindhoven 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Milan 6 000 000
1990 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Roberto Baggio 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Fiorentina 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 8 000 000
1992 22px Flag of France.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Jean-Pierre Papin 22px Flag of France.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Marseille 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Milan 10 000 000
1992 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Gianluca Vialli 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Sampdoria 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 12 000 000
1992 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Gianluigi Lentini 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Torino 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Milan 13 000 000
1996 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Alan Shearer 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Blackburn Rovers 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Newcastle United 15 000 000
1997 22px Flag of Brazil.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Ronaldo 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Internazionale 19 500 000
1998 22px Flag of Brazil.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Denílson de Oliveira Araújo 22px Flag of Brazil.svg Football Transfer Fee Records São Paulo 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Real Betis 21 500 000
1999 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Christian Vieri 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Lazio 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Internazionale 32 000 000
2000 22px Flag of Argentina.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Hernán Crespo 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Parma 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Lazio 35 500 000
2000 22px Flag of Portugal.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Luís Figo 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Barcelona 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Real Madrid 37 000 000
2001 22px Flag of France.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Zinedine Zidane 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Juventus 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Real Madrid 46 000 000
2009 22px Flag of Brazil.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Kaká 22px Flag of Italy.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Milan 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Real Madrid 56 000 000
2009 22px Flag of Portugal.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Cristiano Ronaldo 22px Flag of England.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Manchester United 22px Flag of Spain.svg Football Transfer Fee Records Real Madrid 80 000 000

If you want to see the top 10 most expensive players in football (and the top 10 most expensive players in England), check out this article:

Most Expensive Transfers in Football.

Comments (11)

  1. Great Moves for Chelsea…
    Coz, Chelsea have need a scorrer..
    Recently Chelsea was going to One man Army(Lampard).
    Realy great Moves for Andriy Shevchenko.
    Now Need another moves like as Tevez.
    Tevez can give Strong Support for Shevchenko.
    Tevez is Hard Worker Footballer for All Field.
    I think JM Will be Finish This Transfer.
    Coz This Session Chelsea needs 4 Trophy..
    Specialy 2 Trophy (EPL) && Champions Cup.

    Go Ahed JM….
    Go Ahed….

    Also Chelsea have need One Attacking Full Back Like As
    Sorin(Argentina),Lahm(Germany),Roberto Carlos(Brazil).

    Thanks

  2. (1) As for Chelsea doing fine for the injury season the have had, we just need three players as everyone know that the defense has be breached so Alex will be falling in which will give Terry the chance to get back to 100%, and also a right back will be brought in as teams have broken in through that position Richards (Man City),Miguel Ricardo Costa (FC Porto) leaving the club in defense would be the worst player to wear a blue shirt K Boulahrouz, and as age has caught up with him Geremi will follow as well. The midfield just to let you all know Lampard will not be going anywhere C Makelele will leave us this season as he also has gotten old but he has served us well, the midfield is ok but if JM (Manager) decides to spice it up a bit Ricardo Quaresma (Fc Porto) Deco (Barca) all Portuguese so he has the talk as he is highly rated in Portugal but if not we are fine Ballack ankle injury have been sorted out that why he was so sloopy the season if its the sane he will be sent home no time for set backs. I am out of space see next posting.

  3. Q)With the current slump in transfer market prices, I doubt that anyone would command a 30 mil fee like before. Ronaldinho and Rooney both would, but it’s very, very difficult to see them leaving their clubs.

    Who do you think could command such a big transfer fee, regardless of whether they would be let go or not?

    Stevie G & Samuel Eto would easily command the 30mm fee.
    Rooney is not worth 30mm & I dont know who would pay that for him outside of Newcastle.

  4. Here are most of the players that would demand £30 mil or more:

    Ronaldinho, Kaka, C. Ronaldo, Eto’o, Drogba, Messi… that’s it. None of them will leave their clubs this summer.

    For a little less you can get the likes of Rooney, David Villa, Torres, Gerrard, Essien…maybe a few more.

    The rest are cheaper, but there are plenty of millions to spend even on half-decent players.

  5. What are you talking about? The likes of Steven Gerrard, Rooney, Essien would all command well over the £30 million mark! Rooney and Stevie G are without a doubt up there with the best and would not be sold without a record-breaking fee!

  6. Forza Juventus!… Still holding the record on selling a player for the biggest price.. :D
    And alsot the biggest price for a goalkeeper..!!

  7. Lets focus on the winter transfer window.

    Riquelme, Diego are sure to move. Chelsea are working desperately after a striker. Their primary targets are David Villa and Eto’o. Ronaldinho is on the verge of moving with Bojan Kirkic and Dos Santos ready to replace him. Than Chelsea will break their bank.

  8. I do not know why the Barca boss would not leave eto to go to england and exercise his talents rather than still putting in one year for the catalans.This is rather unfortunate for the golden African Boy.

  9. Wel u guys are sayin trash rooney is nt demanding n nt livin his fathers club so man u only nid 2 sel batov n sm ok as 4 nani he stil gt tym 2 shine

  10. New Liverpool manager Hodgson Must Allow gerrard to play in his natural position as a support to striker torres

  11. Steven g is not a playmaker an that’s what Liverpool need a playmaker