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Top 20 Most Expensive Transfer Fees Of All Time

Whilst South Africa is a lucrative football nation, the following is a list of Top 20 Most Expensive Transfer Fees Of All Time , which details the 20 highest transfer fees ever paid for players as of the end of the winter transfer window of 2016 leaves us really at the bottom of the food chain.

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The list contains seven transfers which broke the world transfer record: those of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo, Hernán Crespo, Christian Vieri and Denílson, with the former five signing for Spanish clubs and the latter two signing for Italian clubs.

Spanish team Real Madrid have held the record for purchasing the most expensive player since 2000, when Luís Figo made a controversial £37 million move from Barcelona. Since then, the only player purchases to break the record have been Zinedine Zidane in 2001, when he was signed for £46 million from Juventus, the £80 million transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009,[1] and Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
Highest fees

As of 3 February 2016; after the winter 2016 transfer window.
Rank Player From To Fee
(M £)
(M €)
1 Wales Gareth Bale England Tottenham Hotspur Spain Real Madrid £85 €100.8 2013
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United Spain Real Madrid £80 €94 2009
3 Brazil Neymar Brazil Santos Spain Barcelona £71.5 €86.2 2013
4 Uruguay Luis Suárez England Liverpool Spain Barcelona £65 €81.7 2014
5 Argentina Ángel Di María Spain Real Madrid England Manchester United £59.7 €75 2014
6 Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Germany Wolfsburg England Manchester City £55 €70 2015
7 Colombia James Rodríguez France AS Monaco Spain Real Madrid £71 €79.5 2014
8 France Zinedine Zidane Italy Juventus Spain Real Madrid £59.2 €75 2001
9 England Raheem Sterling England Liverpool England Manchester City £49 €64 2015
10 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Italy Inter Spain Barcelona £59 €69 2009


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