£132.6m done deals! Revealed: Top 10 most expensive players ever in cumulative transfer fees

first_img 10 4. Nicolas Anelka: transfer total of £114.7m (PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbahce, Bolton, Chelsea, Shanghai, West Brom, Mumbai) – Where hasn’t he played? From Real Madrid to West Brom, it’s fair to say the French striker has done the rounds in world football – and controversy tends to follow him. Once regarded as one of the finest prospects during his tender years at Arsenal, but the prolific times were blighted by inconsistent spells which rendered his career a slight disappointment. Now player-manager at Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC. 10 Angel Di Maria is expected to complete his second big-money move in the space of 12 months this week, with the Manchester United winger on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain.The size of the reported sum, a mere £44.5m, will make the Argentine the most expensive player in history in terms of combined transfer fees – and he’s still just 27 years old.Once the move is finalised, with a medical arranged in Qatar on Monday, Di Maria will surpass a handful of the world’s greatest players and iconic journeymen.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which other players’ cumulative valuations make the top ten. 5. Hernan Crespo: transfer total of £106.5m (River Plate, Parma, Lazio, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Genoa) – Another clinical marksman but yet another player who failed to transform his Serie A prestige to the Premier League. Crespo was brilliant for Parma, Lazio and Inter – during a time when his total transfer fees surpassed £60m – but then never reached the same levels at Chelsea. Did win a Premier League winner’s medal during his short spell in England, though. 10 10 10 7. Luis Suarez: transfer total of £101.9m (Nacional, Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona) – A treble winner in his debut Barcelona season, Suarez can now undeniably say he’s done it in the two biggest leagues in the world. The size of the fee the Catalans paid for the striker last summer is still unconfirmed, but it is regarded as the third most expensive transfer of all time. The £22.1m Liverpool plumped up for him in 2011 now seems a snip considering his goalscoring feats on Merseyside. 10 10 10 10 6. Juan Sebastian Veron: transfer total of £103m (Estudiantes, Boca Juniors, Sampdoria, Parma, Lazio, Manchester United, Chelsea, Inter Milan – An Argentine midfielder who arguably failed to justify any of his sizeable transfer fees, Veron was still coolness personified. There was a point in time when every club in Serie A was vying for his signature, but the Premier League proved a different challenge altogether. 3. James Rodriguez: transfer total of £116.7m (Envigado, Banfield, Porto, Monaco, Real Madrid) – After winning the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup, Real spent big to bring the Colombia star to Madrid 9. Cristiano Ronaldo: transfer total of £98.1m (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid) – Another player who features predominantly because of the sheer size of a once-record fee, the Portuguese star has gone onto break record after record with Madrid. His statistical rivalry with Lionel Messi is always one of the most captivating subplots to any season. 10. Gareth Bale has cost a total of £95.7m in transfer fees (Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid) – The world’s most expensive player, so it’s hardly a surprise he makes the list. Bale’s whopping £86m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 surpassed the fee the Spanish giants paid for Cristiano Ronaldo, and the two players combined to deliver the Champions League trophy to Los Blancos in the Welshman’s debut season. 10 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: transfer total of £126.7m (Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG) – The ultimate elite journeyman – and his career is showing no signs of stalling. ‘Zlatan’s’ iconic style and temperament make him one of the most entertaining characters in any sport, and his transfer record illustrates that. European giants from four separate leagues have paid huge fees for his services, and he’s indicated that his next move will be a ‘big surprise’ as he looks to prolong his playing time into his late 30s. 8. Radamel Falcao: transfer total of £99.5m (River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Manchester United, Chelsea) – He may not be the player he once was, but in his pomp the Colombian was widely regarded as the finest number nine in the world. The fees parted with by Atletico Madrid and then Monaco for his services emphasise his reputation, but knee ligament damage suffered just before last summer’s World Cup appears to have had a lasting impact. 1. Angel Di Maria: transfer total of £132.6m (Rosario, Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United) (PENDING) – The Argentine will soon become the most expensive player in football history once his move to PSG goes through this week. There is an overwhelming feeling of ‘what if’ engulfing Manchester at the moment, with Di Maria signed last season when he was one of the finest players on the planet. That sparkling Real Madrid form deserted him in the Premier League, however, and he will be hoping to regain the midas touch in France.last_img

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