Football: 10 Most Expensive Transfers

May 31, 2010 by Sal

Spanish champions Barcelona started off the summer transfer battle, as they completed the transfer of Valencia’s attacker David Villa about a month before the start of the World Cup.

The Catalan side didn’t hesitate to pay Valencia £34.2m for the services of the Spanish international, over-paying on most occasions for players to add to their substitutes list. Same way they didn’t hesitate to pay €24m in 2007 for Thierry Henry to sign a four-year deal for a reported £4.6m per season. Henry was seen as a disappointment by some as his age seemed to have caught up and lost his starting position in the team to the younger Pedro Rodriguez. Knowing that his future lies away from the Camp Nou, Barcelona forward Thierry Henry will ask the club for a free transfer to his next club, according to AS. His next move is strongly rumored to be to either the New York Red Bulls of the MLS or the Premier League’s West Ham, second to Becks.

Pre-1999, only three major transfers ever took the headlines. They were Alan Shearer’s transfer in 1996 from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United for £15m, Ronaldo’s transfer in 1997 from Barcelona to Internazionale for £19.5 and Denilson’s transfer in 1998 from Sao Paulo to Real Betis for £21.5m.

Post-1999, European football experienced a transfer bubble fuelled by rapidly rising television rights sales between 1999 and 2002, that eventually extended to our current days. The three most expensive transfers since that time were all made by Spanish clubs in 2009, two by Real Madrid and one by Barcelona.  Real landed Kaka from AC Milan in a £56m deal, breaking the record that they had held since 2001, when they signed Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for £45.62m. While the previous record last nearly eight years, that one stood for only a few weeks, as Real blew it with the highly-anticipated signing of Christiano Ronaldo for £80m.

The following table shows the top 13 highest transfer fees ever paid in GBP. All the transfer fees over £25 million have involved clubs in England, Italy or Spain on both sides of the deal.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Tags: , , , ,

11 Responses to “Football: 10 Most Expensive Transfers”

  1. goals galore says:

    goals galore…

    [...]Football: 10 Most Expensive Transfers « Alpha Dinar- talking Gulf finance[...]…

  2. Wei Agib says:

    Appreciate you sharing, great blog.Really thank you! Want more.


  3. It can be truly a nice handy part of facts. I will be fulfilled which you embraced this convenient info around. You should keep us up-to-date similar to this سرور مجازی. Thank you for revealing.


  4. Iran Rug says:

    Hi there, merely turned into tuned in to your blog site through The search engines, and located that must be definitely helpful iran rug. I am about to be careful with regard to brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue the following in the future. Many folks could be achieved positive results from your writing. Many thanks!


  5. persian rug says:

    Fairly fantastic publish persian rug. I just located ones website plus desired to claim that We have genuinely liked exploring your website articles. At any rate I’ll be opting-in inside your nourish that i’m hoping you’re one more time as soon as possible!


  6. It is really a wonderful and valuable bit of data persian pistachio. I’m grateful which you provided this convenient facts with us. You should stop us informed in this way. Thanks for discussing.


  7. BLY says:

    We have learn many perfectly material here. Definitely amount bookmarking pertaining to returning to. I wonder how much energy you place to develop such wonderful useful website. We have learn many perfectly material here. Definitely amount bookmarking pertaining to returning to. I wonder how much energy you place to develop such wonderful useful website.


  8. persian rug says:

    persian rug Thank you for this auspicious writeup. It the truth is was once any amusement profile this. Appear elaborate so that you can more shipped agreeable of your stuff! Even so, precisely how might most people connect?


  9. go here says:

    Appreciate your another useful web site. Where else could I get that kind of information coded in a real best means? I’ve a obstacle that i’m at the moment implementing, so i happen to be for the start looking away for such information.


  10. hello there! , I really like the writing pretty a lot! quantity most people keep in touch more around your own report with AOL? I actually call for a professional for this home to be able to solve my dilemma.. private tutor Can be that’s you! Eager for peer people.


  11. The term “survival kit” may also refer to the bigger, portable survival kits ready by survivalists , called “bug-out bags” (BOBs), “Individual Emergency Relocation Kits” (PERKs) or “get out of Dodge” (Great) kits, which are packed into backpacks, or even duffel bags. These kits are made specifically to be more very easily carried by the person in case alternate types of transportation are unavailable or not possible to use.


Leave a Reply