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Top five players with highest gross transfer fees

Written by: Aniket Surve

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These five stars have seen the most amount of money change hands for their prized served services over the years.

Real Madrid officially announced the departure of their star Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian giants Juventus. The deal is worth €100m plus €12m in add-ons, which is the highest the Old Lady have ever paid for a player, overtaking Gonzalo Higuain's transfer fee of €90m.

The deal also puts Ronaldo again in the top five of players with the highest transfer fees. The move also puts the ex-Real Madrid man in second position among the players with the highest cumulative transfer fees.

Here are the 5 most expensive stars in terms of cumulative transfer fees.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic- €152.5m

From La Liga, Serie A to the Premier League and Ligue 1, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proved himself everywhere. The striker was signed by Ajax for €8.7m ahead of the 2001-02 season. He then played for Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG which took his cumulative transfer fee to a whopping €152.5m.

4. Philippe Coutinho- €178.8m

The Brazilian midfielder came into the limelight after impressing Inter Milan scouts while playing at Vasco da Gama. In 2008, Inter signed him for €4m.  After spending a season on loan at Espanyol, the midfielder was bought by Premier League side Liverpool for a mere €8.5m.

Coutinho played 152 games for the Reds and even scored 41 goals before parting ways with them to join Barcelona for a record fee of €165.2m.

3. Kylian Mbappe- €180m

The French wonderkid is third on the list of players with the highest transfer fees. The 19-year-old started out in the youth side at Monaco. His stellar performances in the youth side, helped him achieve promotion to the first-team in the 2015-16 season. The youngster's performances that season grabbed the attention of a host of suitors,  with PSG finally securing his services on a loan deal with an option to buy the player this summer.

PSG, who spent €222m in the 2017-18 season for Neymar will shell out another whopping €180m to sign the 19-year-old on a 4-year contract.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo- €207.8m

Cristiano Ronaldo has always been in the top five of the highest paid players since his transfer to Real Madrid. The striker first came into the limelight when former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson bought him from Sporting CP for €13.8m, which was a hefty amount for a youngster at that time.

Ronaldo spent six wonderful seasons with the Red Devils winning a decent amount of silverware. Ahead of the 2009-10 campaign, the Portuguese left United for the Spanish giants for a record fee of €94m. 

After nine successful seasons, scoring over 450 goals, winning two La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and four Ballon d'Or awards, the striker decided to part ways with the Bernabeu side. The forward will feature in the Serie A next, as Juventus signed him for a massive €100m fee, which raised his total to €207.8m.

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1. Neymar- €279.1m

It is not every day that we witness a transfer like this. Neymar was bought by Barcelona for a massive €57.1m. The 26-year-old scored 105 goals in 186 matches over four seasons at Camp Nou.

Ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, the Brazilian #10 choose to part ways with Barcelona and joined PSG for a world record fee of €222m. With Ronaldo moving to Juventus, Madrid are in search of a player to replace him and Neymar could be the perfect replacement. If the move happens, Neymar's cumulative transfer fees will rise leaps and bounds above the other players in the world.

Published: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:10 PM IST

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