10. Angel Di Maria – £ 129.5 million
Di María joined Benfica from Rosario Central for £ 7 million in 2007 and his impressive performances led to a £ 20.3 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2010.
Manchester United broke the British transfer record to sign Di Maria in 2014, but he was allowed to leave the club for a substantial loss just one year after arriving. The Argentine international is now in his sixth year at PSG, where he has regained his form and has scored 83 goals in 224 games in all competitions.
9. Antoine Griezmann – £ 131 million
After passing through the ranks of Real Sociedad, Griezmann completed a £ 24 million move to Atlético de Madrid in 2014.
The French international became one of the best forwards in the world under Diego Simeone, scoring 133 goals in 257 appearances. Barcelona activated its £ 107 million buyout clause in 2019, but the 29-year-old has struggled to replicate his Atlético form at Camp Nou.
8. Ousmane Dembele – £ 148.5 million
Borussia Dortmund have a keen eye for young talents and signed Dembele from Rennes for just £ 13 million in 2016.
After just one year in Germany, the winger joined Barcelona as a direct replacement for Neymar in a £ 135.5 million deal, helping Dortmund fund six brilliant transfers. They have been plagued with injury problems in recent years, while Barcelona have reportedly had various concerns about their attitude off the pitch.
7. Philippe Coutinho: 150.5 million pounds
Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for just £ 8.5 million in 2013 and was sold to Barcelona for a profit of £ 133.5 million five years later.
The Brazilian international has not lived up to expectations at the Camp Nou and the transfer was summarized when Coutinho scored two goals against Barcelona during his loan at Bayern Munich in the 2019-20 season.
6. Álvaro Morata: 156.8 million pounds
One of the great nomads of football, Morata has already completed four major transfers between some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
The forward passed through the Real Madrid academy and was sold to Juventus for 15.8 million pounds in 2014, but the Spanish team exercised its buyback clause two years later. He then had an unfortunate season at Chelsea before completing a £ 58 million move back to Spain with Atlético de Madrid in 2020.
The 27-year-old has rejoined Juventus on a one-season loan deal, and the Italian champions have options to extend the loan for 12 months or buy it for a pre-agreed fee next summer.
5. Eden Hazard: £ 162 million
Hazard first caught the world’s attention through his performances in Lille, and Chelsea won the race by signing in 2012.
The Belgian international then spent seven successful years at Stamford Bridge before joining Real Madrid for a fee that could reach £ 130 million. His first season at the Bernabéu was hampered by injury problems, scoring just one goal in 22 appearances in all competitions.
4. Kylian Mbappé: 165.7 million pounds
Despite making only one transfer in his career, Mbappé still ranks in the top five.
He rose through the ranks in Monaco and burst onto the scene in 2016-17 before agreeing to join PSG on a one-season loan deal. They then made the permanent move for £ 165.7 million, and the France international has justified that price, scoring 91 goals in 125 appearances at the time of writing.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – £ 191.4m
Signed for just £ 12.2 million from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, Ronaldo became one of the best players in the world at Old Trafford.
Then Real Madrid took Spain to the extreme for £ 80 million in 2009, and it proved to be excellent value for money, scoring 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions. Having won two La Liga titles and four Champions League titles with Los Blancos, the 35-year-old completed a £ 99.2 million move to Juventus in 2018.
2. Romelu Lukaku – £ 196 million
While Lukaku has often divided opinions during his career, he has an impressive scoring record wherever he goes.
The forward joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in a £ 18 million deal in 2011 and was sold to Everton for a profit of £ 10 million in 2014. Manchester United paid the Toffees £ 76 million for his services in 2017 before shipping him. to Inter Milan two years later in an offer valued at £ 74 million.
1. Neymar: £ 246.6 million
After starring for Santos, Neymar joined Barcelona in a £ 48.6 million deal in 2013 before becoming part of a deadly attack trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.
PSG then signed the striker for a world record fee of £ 198 million in the summer of 2017, a move that shocked Europe.