In every football transfer window, coaches are after quality players to join their squad attracting them with some good amount of money. But the dealings aren’t always fair. Not every footballer deserves the price that is paid for them and many such instances do exist when clubs overpaid in order to sign a player. With big money comes big expectations. Sometimes players do live up to them, and sometimes they fall and suffer. Here are the 10 most expensive soccer players ever purchased featuring Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, and others.
Top 10 Most Expensive Soccer Players Ever Purchased
10. Kevin De Bryune
Kevin de Bruyne left Chelsea after he failed to settle at the club. He joined the German side VFL Wolfsburg and played some wonderful football there. His performances earned him attention from various football giants. Although Manchester City threw an insane amount of cash to sign the Belgian. 51 million pounds were initially criticized by pundits but his performances in the first season ensured that the money was well spent. He is in the 10th spot of the list of most expensive soccer players ever purchased.
9. Ricardo Kaka
In 2009, Florentino Perez brought Ricardo Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in order to rival the Argentine Lionel Messi. Kaka enjoyed the peak of his career at AC Milan and was the star man in Milan’s 2007 Champions League triumph. He is the 9th most expensive soccer players ever purchased with a price tag of 56 million pounds which Real Madrid paid. Kaka surely deserved this much amount but he was unable to carry on his spectacular form and had a bad spell in Madrid.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
One of the most decorated players in football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been to places and has a huge trophy collection. After impressing at Inter Milan, Zlatan made a dream move. Although Barcelona paid an amount of 57 million pounds for the Swedish striker which included the value of Samuel Eto who went the other way. But Zlatan left Spain after he failed to settle in Catalunya and went on to play for AC Milan.
7. Angel Di Maria
After Real Madrid’s La Decima in 2014, Di Maria was forced to leave the club. Manchester United grabbed the opportunity and signed the playmaker as fast as possible. Although Di Maria was bought for an amount of 59.7 million pounds breaking the all-time transfer record of the Premier league. But the Argentine couldn’t settle at the Old Trafford and left for PSG after only one year and is enjoying his career since then.
6. James Rodriguez:
Colombian number 10 James Rodriguez impressed at the 2014 World Cup. He pulled interest and landed at Los Blancos from AS Monaco for a transfer fee of 63 million pounds. James enjoyed a pretty decent first season with the whites and won the midfielder of the season award as well. Since the start of his 2nd season, he lacked consistency and was dropped down the pecking order.
5. Luis Suarez
The Uruguay striker joined Liverpool in 2010 and went on from being a premier league flop to golden shoe winner in 2013/14 campaign. Luis Enrique joined as Barcelona manager replacing Tata Martino after the Argentine failed to win a single trophy in the season. Enrique rebuilt Barcelona by selling a number of players and bringing in the likes of Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic. Suarez’s 4-month ban held him from making a debut early in the season. As he settled down and the ban was over, he proved himself as the current best striker in the world. He was a vital contributor to Barcelona’s treble in 2015. Every single penny out of 75 million pounds was worth investing in.
4. Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain joined Napoli in 2013 where he became the club’s main man in attack. 2015/16 was the season of his life. He scored 35 goals in Serie A and won the golden boot also. Juventus paid 75.3 million pounds to pair him with Paulo Dybala on the front.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
On the 3rd position is Real Madrid’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano left Sir Alex’s Manchester United in 2009 and joined Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee of 80 million pounds. He has a total of 380 goals for the Los Blancos and has won 2 UEFA Champions leagues and 1 La Liga since joining.
2. Gareth Bale
Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee record was broken by the arrival of Welshman Gareth Bale to Santiago Bernabeu. Due to his impressive performance in 2012/13 season with Spurs, and Real Madrid paid a release fees of 86 million pounds. He struggled in the start with the new club. But he has now adapted to the style of play and feels at home now.
1. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba joined Juventus on a free transfer after a season at Manchester United. Since then Pogba has improved and went on to become one of the most exciting talents in the world. For many, he is the best midfielder in the world right now but the presence of the players like Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, and Luka Modric makes this statement seems like an exaggeration. In 2016 summer, Pogba made a move back to Old Trafford and Manchester United paid 93.2 million pounds. He is in the 1st position of the most expensive soccer players ever purchased.