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Football’s most expensive players: Antoine Griezmann joins Neymar, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba on list of ten priciest stars


The transfer window is in full swing and some seriously big deals have been done ahead of the 2019/20 season.

With several weeks left of the summer market, more major swoops could be completed with Paul Pogba tipped to leave Manchester United in a jaw-dropping deal which could easily break the £100million mark.

Antoine Griezmann has joined Lionel Messi at Barcelona
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Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have also been linked with big-money moves, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly interested in the footballing superstars.

One lucrative move has already been completed after Antoine Griezmann sealed his dream move to Barcelona.

The Frenchman has joined an illustrious list of the most expensive players of all time, but where does he rank? Find out below…


10). Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid – £86million (2013)

The Welshman took over Ronaldo’s crown as the most expensive player in 2013 but his switch to Spain has never been an easy fit.

Though Bale has struggled win over the Bernabeu faithful, he has always had the ability to pop up with important goals in big matches, including the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals.

Bale has failed to win over the Bernabeu support despite scoring some crucial goals

9). Eden Hazard, Chelsea to Real Madrid £88m (rise to £130m with add-ons)

Hazard made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid, stating on multiple occasions that his dream was to play for Los Blancos.

The Blues managed to keep Hazard at the club in the summer of 2018 despite Real’s advances, and he went on to record the most prolific season of his career, scoring 21 goals and providing 17 assists in all competitions.

But the lure of Zinedine Zidane proved too strong in the end and Hazard sealed his move this summer.

Hazard secured his dream move to Real

8). Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United – £90million (2016)

Pogba remains the Premier League’s most expensive player following his return to Old Trafford.

He could still move away this summer after admitting he wants a new challenge.

United chiefs will be hoping to settle the future of their midfielder as soon as possible.

Paul Pogba cost Manchester United £89million

7). Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid to Juventus – £100million (2018)

The man who made huge transfer fees the new norm. Juventus broke the bank to sign the Real Madrid star and they reaped the rewards as he soon as he stepped foot in the Allianz stadium.

The 34-year-old appears ageless as he has taken to Serie A like a duck to water – with 21 goals and a Scudetto in his debut season.

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

6). Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid to Barcelona – £108million (2019)

Griezmann’s long-awaited switch to Barca was finally confirmed after the Catalan giants paid his mammoth buyout.

The 28-year-old France forward has wanted to move to the Nou Camp for several years and has now done so despite pledging his future to Atletico just last summer.

The World Cup winner has signed a five-year contract which contains a new release clause of 800m euros.


Antoine Griezmann has left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona[/caption]

5). Joao Felix, Benfica to Altetico Madrid – £113million (2019)

Felix became the second most expensive teenager of all time after joining Atletico.

Tipped as the most exciting Portuguese player since Ronaldo, the 19-year-old forward seemingly has a huge future ahead of him.

Joao Felix could be the next Cristiano Ronaldo

4). Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona – £125million (2017)

Still a young talent and has great quality without question but his time at Barca is yet to spark into life.

The Frenchman has scored some sensational goals: a wonderstrike against Sevilla, a sublime run and finish against PSV Eindhoven, and an exhibition of speed and strength against Tottenham.

However, the jury is still out on the youngster and he needs to sort out his attitude if he is to propel himself amongst the world’s elite.

Bartomeu signed Dembele for £135m in August 2017

3). Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool to Barcelona – £146million (2018)

The Premier League’s priciest exit to date saw Coutinho complete a controversial move to the Camp Nou. He’s won back-to-back league titles since.

However, the Brazilian has struggled to adapt to life in Catalonia and Barcelona are reportedly ready to cut their losses with their record signing.

Coutinho has struggled at Barcelona since his big-money move from Liverpool

2). Kylian Mbappe, Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain – £166million (2018)

Possibly the man – or boy – to become the next global superstar for the foreseeable future and take over from Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Already a World Cup champion, the 20-year-old’s career is just going from strength to strength.

However, he may struggle to fulfil his full potential at PSG, who dominate domestically but are yet to go beyond the quarter finals in Europe.

If they can’t get it right in the next few years, Mbappe may have to look elsewhere and Real have been strongly linked.

Mbappe is a supremely talented player

1). Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain – £200million (2017)

The most expensive player in history and the man who set £200m as the new benchmark. The Brazilian is undoubtedly a superstar but can infuriate as much as he can fascinate.

The French champions need to see some significant progress in the Champions League, and Neymar was supposed to be the man to lead them to European glory.

He was also supposed to win the Ballon d’Or, too, but he’s further off that now than he’s ever been and could return to Barcelona this summer.

Neymar could be sold by PSG this summer

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