Players have been purchased and traded for some truly astounding sums over the history of the beautiful game.
We all know that money talks in football, and it has for a long time, dating back to 1979, when Trevor Francis became the first £1 million player in the United Kingdom. So, why don't we go over the most ridiculous transfers that have ruined the bank over the years?
Given the present rate of inflation, there's a decent chance we'll have a completely new top ten in a few decades, but for the time being, these ten people have set the bar extremely high.
It had been a long time coming, but Gareth Bale eventually made the move from London to Madrid in 2013. The Welshman's time at the club hasn't always been easy, but his exploits in the Champions League final alone should ensure that he is regarded as a hero.
9) Cristiano Ronaldo – £88 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo, in retrospect, reached a whole new level at this point. With Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United, he'd already established himself as a world-class player, but his nine-year stint with Real Madrid is unrivaled in the contemporary age.
8) Eden Hazard (£89 million) – Chelsea to Real Madrid
Eden Hazard was once considered one of the top players in the world. Real went after him for a rather substantial amount as a result of his reputation, and while things may not have worked out just yet owing to his numerous injury issues, there's always time for things to change.
7) Paul Pogba (£89 million) from Juventus to Manchester United
Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United was always a foregone conclusion, and he did so in 2016. The Frenchman has alternated between being an absolute force of nature and a media scapegoat over the previous five years, making him as newsworthy as he has been unexpected.
6) Ousmane Dembele (£97 million) – Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona
Dembele was without a doubt one of the most intriguing and unexpected young prospects in football when he joined Barcelona from Dortmund. When fit, the attacker has flashed glimpses of his obvious talent, though injuries have limited his stay at the Nou Camp.
5) Philippe Coutinho (£105 million) - Liverpool to Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho set the English Premier League alight during his time at Anfield, coming dangerously close to leading the Reds to an improbable title. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be, as he was instead sent to Barcelona for a hefty amount.
4) Antoine Griezmann (£107 million) – Atletico Madrid to Barcelona
He was staying, then departing, then staying again, and finally, much to the dismay of the Atletico faithful, he bit the bullet and leapt across Spain from Madrid to Barcelona.
3) Joao Felix - £114 million transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid
It's easy to forget Joao Felix is only 21 years old because he seems to have been playing at the greatest level for a very long time. When he jumped ship from Portugal to Spain, Atletico Madrid took a huge risk and a true leap of faith, and while he had a rocky start, he played a key role in his club's LaLiga title win last season.
2) Kylian Mbappe (£163 million) – Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappe didn't quite match his World Cup heroics at Euro 2020, but his status remains high.
Monaco had no choice but to let their talisman join PSG for £163 million in 2018, a decision that has already proven to be a wise investment.
1) Neymar – £198 million transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar continues to be the most expensive footballer in the planet, as he has been since 2017. The Brazilian phenomenon was always going to demand a high price, but few would have imagined that Paris Saint-Germain would pay more than €200 million to complete the transaction.
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