Whether you go shopping for a new outfit, travel to the most exotic spots on earth, or sit at home and play on sites like tonybet.co.uk/casino, you have a sum you can spend on these activities and usually, no matter how big the spend, there is some type of budget involved. But even if you’ve decided to spend as much as possible as the amounts well-known football clubs spend on transfers of world-famous footballers. And the costs of these 9 transfers will definitely surprise you.
Neymar, €222 Million
Neymar’s move cost twice as much as the previous record transfer – Paul Pogba’s move to MJ for €105 million. 222 million is the amount of compensation that was spelt out in Neymar’s contract with Barça. Normally, the compensation is several times higher than the real transfer value of a player.
Kylian Mbappé, €180 Million
With the second record transfer, PSG did a more cunning thing. The club managers took Mbappé on a free loan for a season, with a subsequent mandatory buyout. This way the Parisians postponed the cost of Mbappé’s transfer to the following seasons and avoided penalties for violating financial fair play. According to FFP rules, clubs can only spend €5 million more than they earn. The transfer amount consists of €90 million, which PSG committed to pay in July 2018, €55 million after another year and a bonus of €35 million in case of resale.
Philippe Coutinho, €160 Million
Coutinho wanted to move to Barça but did not demand that Liverpool sell him immediately. The club was not going to sell the Brazilian and rejected Barça’s first offer of 72 million.
The contract amount consists of 120 million for transferring the player and 40 million, which Liverpool will receive for Coutinho’s successful performances. Liverpool will receive €5 million after Philippe’s 25 games for Barcelona, and another €20 million – after 100 games. Barcelona will pay 5m each for Coutinho’s participation in the next two Champions League qualifiers and another 5m for winning the Champions League. The 25-year-old Brazilian’s transfer became the most expensive in Barcelona’s history and outbid Ousmane Dembele in 2017.
Ousmane Dembélé, €150 Million
In 2016, the Frenchman moved from Rennes to Borussia, and in 2017, he switched from Dortmund to Barcelona. Barça paid €70 million immediately, and 35 million were paid by June 30, 2018.
Paul Pogba, €105 Million
An incredibly fortunate investment by Juventus. In 2012, the team bought Paul from United for 500,000 pounds.
Gareth Bale, €100.8 Million
The first nine-figure transfer in football history. Real Madrid officially announced that they paid 91 million for Bale, below the 94 million they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Apparently, it was important for Ronaldo to remain Real Madrid’s most expensive player.
Cristiano Ronaldo, €100 Million
Only Ronaldo could be worth 100 million at 34. After Ronaldo’s departure, Real Madrid has been down four defeats in their first 10 league games, one of them at the hands of Barcelona, 5-1. And Juventus had already sold the same 100 million worth of T-shirts with the Portuguese surname on them before Cristiano’s departure.
Gonzalo Higuaín, €90 Million
Gonzalo scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A games and decided to move to a club with which he would win trophies. Napoli was not going to sell their main star, and even to the main rival in the championship. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis even said that if Higuaín leaves Napoli, he would be a traitor. Juventus were not worried and bought Gonzalo. Upon learning of the move, Neapolitan fans began to burn Higuaín’s shirts and photos. Trash garbage cans wrapped in Gonzalo’s shirts appeared in Naples.
Neymar, €86.2 Million
Although the transfer took place in 2003, it was only declared legal in 2017. Barcelona had been accused of colluding with Neymar’s family to undervalue the player. Santos received only 17.1 million for Neymar, and Barcelona transferred the rest of the money to Neymar’s family company N&N.