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Top 10 Most Expensive Football Players Ever! 2016

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Paul Pogba - £93.2m - Juventus To Manchester United -2016

Paul Pogba - £93.2m - Juventus To Manchester United -2016

The French midfielder left Manchester United in 2012 after making only 7 appearances, and he now returns to Old Trafford as the world’s most expensive footballer.

The 23 year old was a major contributor to Juventus’s fine form in the Serie A, as he helped the Old Lady to four consecutive titles. Unlike at Juventus, Pogba doesn’t enjoy the same level of midfield protection at Man U.

The well-publicized price tag he arrives with means that all eyes are on him, and a run of poor form could see the home crowd turn against him at Old Trafford.


Gareth Bale - £86m - Tottenham Hotspur To Real Madrid - 2013

Gareth Bale - £86m - Tottenham Hotspur To Real Madrid - 2013

After performing at a very high level for Tottenham during the 2012-13 EPL season, Bale moved to the Bernabéu for a price that topped the record-breaking sum Real Madrid had previously spent on Cristiano Ronaldo 4 years earlier.

There was a lot of pressure on the Welsh winger to impress and he has endured some difficult times in Spain. The 27-year-old has now settled in well in the Spanish capital, and he played a significant role in Real Madrid’s Champions League trophy wins is 2014 and 2016.

Often compared to the famed footballer David Beckham (who also traded in an EPL shirt for Madrid), Bale has so far tallied 49 goals and 32 assists in his 84 La Liga games, while Beckham could only manage 20 goals and 33 assists during his 155 matches for Real.


Cristiano Ronaldo - £80m - Manchester United To Real Madrid - 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo - £80m - Manchester United To Real Madrid - 2009

The world famous forward wanted to move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2008, but he was persuaded to stay longer at Old Trafford by then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. A year later and with another English Premier League title to his name, Ronaldo finally secured his dream transfer, and in the process became the world’s most expensive player at the time.

Since then the 31-year-old Portuguese player has gone onto score an amazing 364 goals in 347 matches for Real Madrid, and he also helped them to two Champions League trophies in 2014 and 2016 and a domestic La Liga trophy in 2012.

This summer he guided Portugal to Euro 2016 success and etched in his name as one of the games greats.

Securing the Euro 2016 title also gave him an edge over rival Lionel Messi, who this year lost another Copa America final with his native Argentina.


Gonzalo Higuain - £75.3m - Napoli To Juventus - 2016

Gonzalo Higuain - £75.3m - Napoli To Juventus - 2016

Rumored to be joining English Premier League side Arsenal for some time, the Argentinian forward traded Italian Serie A clubs over the summer.

He won Serie A’s top goal scorer accolade last season after posting an impressive league record-equaling 36 goals, as manager Maurizio Sarri’s side finished runners-up to eventual winners Juventus.

The switch makes it almost certain that the Old Lay will make it six league titles in a row this season. With Juventus already having sufficient firepower in the Serie A, Higuain’s arrival will give the team more options as they fight it for this year’s Champions League title.

His transfer also weakens rivals Napoli, who have been the team that have most threatened Juventus in recent years.


Luis Suárez - £75m – Liverpool To Barcelona -2014

Luis Suárez - £75m – Liverpool To Barcelona -2014

Former manager Brendan Rodgers called Suárez as a very special talent after he scored 31 goals for Liverpool during their 2014 title pursuit.

The Uruguayan’s impressive feats saw him secure a move to Barcelona, which was initially delayed due a four-month match ban he had to serve for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup. After an initial settling period he found some good form at his new home and formed a formidable partnership with fellow forwards Neymar and Lionel Messi, and helped Barcelona take a host of trophies during 2015.

In the final La Liga match of the 2015-16 season Suarez picked himself up a hat-trick, which took his season total to 40 goals. This helped Barca take the domestic Spanish title also saw Suarez secure his first La Liga top goal scorer trophy.

A total of 84 goals for Barcelona during his first two seasons are testament to Suárez’s world-class proficiency, and he has continued on in fine form during the early part of this year’s La Liga season.


James Rodríguez - £63m - Monaco To Real Madrid -2014

James Rodríguez - £63m - Monaco To Real Madrid -2014

Having shone on the world stage for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez went on to become Real Madrid’s major signing during the following summer.

He has struggled for consistency since arriving at Real, and he did not even feature when Real beat Atlético Madrid to win their 4th Champions League title in 16 years at the San Siro in May of this year.

He was expected to make his way to the exit this summer, though few teams came forward with concrete offers to take him away from Real Madrid, so he remains on the pine for the time being.


Ángel Di María - £59.7m - Real Madrid To Manchester United - 2014

Ángel Di María - £59.7m - Real Madrid To Manchester United - 2014

The Argentina midfielder was the best player for Real Madrid when they beat Atlético Madrid to win the 2014 Champions League title, and it came as a surprise when he was allowed to leave Real for Manchester United shortly after reaching the greatest heights.

Di Maria did not want to move to England and his time in Manchester was not a memorable one. With the writing on the wall Di Maria was on the move again just 12 months later with a move to Paris Saint-Germain that has worked out much better for him.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £57m - Inter Milan To Barcelona - 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £57m - Inter Milan To Barcelona - 2009

Ibrahimovic finished as top scorer for Inter Milan when they took out the Serie A title in 2009, and a move to Barcelona was on the offing as part of a transfer that saw Samuel Eto’o travel in the other direction.

It would be Eto’o who got more out of the deal though as he joined a José Mourinho managed side that won the 2010 Champions League title, while Ibrahimovic failed to feel at ease in Spain.

A return back to Italy and Milan eventuated soon after, thus ending Zlatan’s Barcelona adventure.

Despite playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Spanish giants, as opposed to being the centre of attention as is usually the norm for Ibrahimovic, he still managed still managed to score 19 goals and 9 assists in 38 games for the Catalonian’s.


Kaká - £56m - AC Milan To Real Madrid - 2009

Kaká - £56m - AC Milan To Real Madrid - 2009

The Brazilian Kaká left AC Milan after having starred for them during their 2007 Champions League campaign. His exit was in order to ease the club’s ongoing financial difficulties, which became even more apparent in the seasons that were to follow.

He made important contributions to Real Madrid’s 2012 La Liga title win, but his time in Spain was marked by injuries, and having to play a supporting role to star forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Kaká returned to AC Milan in 2013, before moving on to the USA’s Major League Soccer in 2015 with the Orlando City Soccer Club.


Kevin De Bruyne - £51m – Wolfsburg To Manchester City - 2015

Kevin De Bruyne - £51m – Wolfsburg To Manchester City - 2015

After a brief spell in and out of the Chelsea’s locker room De Bruyne returned to the English top flight last summer for a fee that caught everybody’s attention.

The Belgian was a highlight during a sub-standard season for City, scoring 15 goals and impressing with his play and creativity from his midfield position, with a 2 month ankle injury robbing us and him of his full potential.

This season under new manager Pep Guardiola De Bruyne has been in outstanding form, and he is already an early candidate for the Premier League Player of the Season award.

So far he has racked up 2 goals and 3 assists to his name, and he has been at the creative heart of everything City have done so far this season.