These players have commanded huge value everytime they have moved to a new club.
Football as a sport sees huge amounts of money change hands during player sales. The sport is highly marketable and so are the best players in it. The transfer of a high-profile player always involves an exorbitant amount of money. This is precisely because these players bring in a lot of commercial value to the squad.
The best players out there in the world of football command a huge fee if one wants to sign them. They are one of the best at what they do and hence warrant record-breaking fees in most cases. Some football players in the world have gone through several high-value transfer moves.
The following five players have the highest cumulative fees from their overall transfers. Clubs have shelled huge amounts to get their signing. Khel Now takes a look at the top five players, who have commanded the highest transfer fees in their careers and are among the most expensive footballers in terms of combined transfer fees.
Kylian Mbappe – €145m
Kylian Mbappe is a FIFA World Cup winner and has won almost all major honours in his career. The French international is widely considered as the best player of the next generation. He holds the record for the second-most expensive transfer in history. Paris Saint-Germain signed him from AS Monaco for €145m after an initial loan deal.
The singular fee alone puts him at fifth in the list of most expensive footballers in cumulative transfer fees. Mbappe is potentially going to move to another big club, which will add to the total transfer fees paid for him. That could see him rise in the rankings.
Alvaro Morata – €189m
Alvaro Morata is next up and has also warranted high transfer fees in the past. The Spaniard’s first big move was from Real Madrid to Chelsea for approximately €66m. After two seasons with the Blues, Morata moved to Atletico Madrid for an initial loan worth €18m and then signed permanently for the La Liga club for a €35m transfer fee.
But after just two seasons at the Wanda Metropolitano, Morata was on the move again. Serie A outfit Juventus decided to bring him on loan and paid Atletico a €20m loan fee. Prior to joining Chelsea in 2017, Morata spent his first spell with the Old Lady after a €20m move from Real Madrid. But Real signed him back for €30m two seasons later before selling him to Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo – €228m
Cristiano Ronaldo is a record-breaker. At one time, he was the most expensive footballer of all-time. The Portuguese joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region of €19m in 2003. He was the most expensive teenager at that time. However, after winning the Ballon d’Or and the UEFA Champions League with the Red Devils, he moved to Real Madrid for a record €94m transfer fee.
Ronaldo went on to break a slew of records for the La Liga giants in a nine-year spell before moving to the Serie A for a new challenge. He joined Juventus for a €117m transfer fee in 2018, taking his total transfer amount to €228m. Cristiano’s moves to Real Madrid and Juventus also make him one of the most expensive footballers ever.
Neymar – €310m
Neymar is the second-most expensive player in terms of cumulative transfer fees. He is also the most expensive signing ever in football history. The Brazilian was a hot prospect as a teenager at Santos and FC Barcelona paid €88.20m to bring him to La Liga.
Following a very successful stint with the Blaugrana club, Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee worth €222m. The amount remains the highest fee paid for a footballer. The French Ligue 1 giants have the world’s two most expensive footballers in their books.
Romelu Lukaku – €321m
Romelu Lukaku is set to become the most expensive player for career transfer fees when he completes a €115m transfer move from Inter Milan to Chelsea. The Belgian striker is a prolific goalscorer and has played for several elite clubs in his young career. Lukaku started with Chelsea for €15m as a teenager from Anderlecht in 2011. He was initially loaned to West Brom and Everton with the latter paying €3.5m to acquire his services for the 2013-14 season.
Lukaku scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances that season and Everton decided to make the move permanent. The Merseyside club agreed to a €35.36m deal with Chelsea for the transfer. Lukaku spent three seasons at Everton and his goalscoring feats caught the attention of big European clubs.
Manchester United paid Everton €84.70m to complete the signing. But Lukaku spent just two seasons at Old Trafford before ending his unhappy spell there with a move to Inter Milan for a €74m transfer fee. He is now set for a return to the Premier League with Chelsea, who have agreed a €115m fee with Inter for the transfer.
Lukaku will become the most expensive footballer in terms of career transfer fees when he completes his move to Chelsea from Inter Milan.