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Top 10 most expensive players of all time

Written By Kaf Laskar on July 31, 2012 | 5:29 PM

So here is the world's most expensive football player, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

His transfer from Inter to Barcelona came close to breaking the world-record but his subsequent moves to AC Milan and PSG have added to his impressive tally.

Previously he had already joined Inter Milan for just short of £20million, with moves to Ajax and Juventus totalling at £20million.

1.Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Malmö FF to Ajax, £7.440.000

Ajax to Juventus, £12.500.000

Juventus to Inter Milan, £19.300.000

Inter Milan to FC Barcelona, £54.300.000

FC Barcelona to AC Milan, £18.700.000

AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain £15.600.000

Total transfer fee: £127.840.000

For a man that failed to make an impact in England, he has certainly commanded a huge chunk of money in transfer fees during his career.

The Argentinian midfielder first moved to Europe with Sampdoria and went onto join Parma for £15million and then Lazio for around £26million.

His move to Manchester United cost them £37million, but despite his lack of success at Old Trafford, Chelsea were still happy to pay just under £20million for Veron and he made just 7 league appearances for The Blues.


Estudiantes to Boca Juniors, £1.930.000

Boca Juniors to Sampdoria, £3.000.000

Sampdoria to Parma, £15.400.000

Parma to Lazio, £26.400.000

Lazio to Manchester United, £37.400.000

Manchester United to Chelsea FC, £19.800.000

Inter Milan to Estudiantes, £1.930.000

Total transfer fee: £105.860.000

3.Hernan Crespo
Argentine forward Crespo is another another player who at one time has held the world record for a transfer fee, after moving from Parma to Lazio in 2000.

The combined fee thought to be around £35million was later added to by moves from Lazio to Inter and then Inter onto Chelsea.

Despite having never really settled at any club, Crespo continued to move around and has currently been transferred on 9 occasions.


River Plate to FC Parma, £3.520.000

FC Parma to Lazio, £35.000.000

Lazio to Inter Milan, £31.600.000

Inter Milan to Chelsea FC, £22.800.000

Total transfer fee: £92.920.000

4.Cristiano Ronaldo
In 2009 Ronaldo smashed the world record for the highest paid transfer fee when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid, with an estimated buyout clause of just under £1billion in his contract.

The global icon made his first transfer in 2003 when he left Sporting Lisbon and joined Man United.

With a combined fee of nearly £100million, some could even say it was money well spent!


Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, £12.240.000

Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80.000.000

Total transfer fee: £92.240.000

He is considered by experts and fans to be perhaps the greatest goalscorer in the history of the sport, this is reflected in how much clubs have been willing to pay for him.

His move to Inter racked up an impressive price tag of £26million, although this was then beaten by his move to Real Madrid for £39million.

Even his transfer from PSV to Barcelona in 1996 for over £13million, was a huge price to pay for the time.


Cruzeiro to PSV Eindhoven, £4.810.000

PSV Eindhoven to FC Barcelona, £13.200.000

FC Barcelona to Inter Milan, £26.600.000

Inter Milan to Real Madrid, £39.600.000

Real Madrid to AC Milan, £6.600.000

Total transfer fee: £90.810.000

6.Nicolas Anelka

Currently player and assistant manager at Shanghai Shenhua, Anelka has certainly had his fair share of clubs in the past.
He started at PSG and left for Arsenal for a mere £500,000, although things were certainly set to change.

His transfers to Real Madrid and back to PSG both eclipsed £20million and subsequent moves to Man City and Chelsea both topped £10million.


Paris Saint-Germain to Arsenal, £500,000

FC Arsenal to Real Madrid, £22.300.000

Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain, £20,00.000

Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester City, £13.000.000

Manchester City to Fenerbahce Istanbul, £7.000.000

Fenerbahce Istanbul to Bolton Wanderers, £8.000.000

Bolton Wanderers to FC Chelsea, £15.000.000

Total transfer fee: £85.800.000

7. Robbie Keane
Irishman Robbie Keane has played for 10 clubs so far in his career, with many of them playing top dollar for his services.

His merry-go-round move from Tottenham to Liverpool and back again cost around £35million alone with big money moves to Inter Milan and Leeds also squeezed in before.

He is now plying his trade in the American MLS alongside David Beckham and Landon Donovan at Los Angeles Galaxy.


Wolverhampton Wanderes to Coventry City, £6.000.000

Coventry City to Inter Milan, £13.000.000

Inter Milan to Leeds United, £12.000.000

Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur, £7.000.000

Tottenham Hotspur to FC Liverpool, £19.000.000

Liverpool to Tottenham Hotspur, £12.000.000

Tottenham Hotspur to LA Galaxy, £3.500.000

Total transfer fee: £72.500.000

8.Christian Vieri
Ten years ago this man was bordering on unstoppable.
The Italian forward, then with Inter Milan, was linked with a move to Chelsea in a deal that would have thrown another £30m onto his already sizeable bill. Vieri instead opted to stay in Italy and finished his career having played for 12 different clubs.


Atalanta to Juventus, £2.200.000

Juventus Atletico Madrid, £13.200.000

Atletico Madrid to Lazio, £22.000.000

Lazio to Inter Milan, £32.000.000

Total transfer fee: £69.400.000

Robinho seems to thrive on drama and it is this drama that has seen him move around so many times.

He was tipped for big things after joining Real Madrid from Santos in 2005 but after only three years in Spain he found himself in trouble and fled for England with Manchester City.

After starting well at City, things soon went off the boil and he moved to AC Milan after a brief spell back on-loan at Santos.


Santos to Real Madrid, £18.700.000

Real Madrid to Manchester City, £32,500,000

Manchester City to AC Milan, £15,000,000

Total transfer fee: £66.200.000

10. Zinedine Zidane
The footballing genius that was Zinedine Zidane may have only made one big move in his career, but it was enough to see him scrape his way onto the list.

His mega-move from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001, for a fee thought to be around £53 million, was then the world record and a record that was held for 8 years.

The Galácticos will not have minded as the Frenchman went onto to become one of the greatest players in the club's history.


AS Cannes to Bordeaux, £6.160.000

Bordeaux to Juventus, £3.200.000

Juventus to Real Madrid, £53.000.000

Total transfer fee: £62.360.000

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