Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of 2016

Football, or soccer to some, is probably the most popular sport in the world at and, as such, is able to generate a great amount of money. A large percentage of that money is invested in football players by the clubs. The world is all about football in this game there is a huge money invest to get players to make the team strengthen so in 2014 it happens when there are big name players are moved from one club to another. There are some big transfer happen in the rich clubs like Barcelona, PSG, and AS Manco.

The list ended up including a few more than 10 transfers by the end of the transfer deadline. The last update already includes Mesut Ozil’s signing for Arsenal for example, as well as what has almost been a new world-record transfer fee, with Real Madrid‘s signing of Gareth Bale for a 91 million euros fee (transfer value reports to what is stated in the Spanish press). The record will remain being Cristiano Ronaldo’s 96 million euros transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of 2016

Top 10 Most Expensive Football Transfers of 2014

Gareth Bale :-

Gareth Bale

  • Transfer fee: 91 million euros (2nd biggest tranfer fee in history)
  • Salary: 7 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Tottenham
  • New team: Real Madrid

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team as a winger. Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. The Welsh superstar transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid was officially announced on September 1, 2013, on a reported 91 million euros deal. Tottenham have tried to hold on to Bale in all possible ways, but Madrid‘s big pockets seem to have been enough to convince the London club to give hand of the English Premier League best player from last season.

Gareth Bale had a terrific season in 2012-13, scoring 26 goals out of 44 games and proving to be a true key player when the team most needed him. Now at Real Madrid and together with Cristiano Ronaldo, the 24-year old is expected to step up another gear in the Merengues powerful attacking front, but his 91 million euros 2nd world-record transfer fee/tag might become a problem if the Welshman allows the predictable pressure that he’ll be a target of, to build-up on himself.

  • Born: July 16, 1989 (age 24), Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Current team: Real Madrid C.F. (#11 / Midfielder)
  • Partner: Emma Rhys-Jones

Edinson Cavani :-

Edinson Cavani

  • Transfer fee: 64.5 million euros
  • Salary: 10 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Napoli
  • New team: PSG

Edinson Roberto Cavani Gomez is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1 and the Uruguayan national team.The 26-year old striker arrived in Italy back in 2007, in order to represent Palermo at that time. He scored 34 goals in the Serie A while playing for the Sicilian club, just before moving to Napoli in the 2010 summer, for a reported transfer fee of 17 million euros (5 million euros for the a 1st-year loan, plus another 12 million to buy his services permanently). Cavani would then score 78 goals in the Italian League, from a total of 104 matches played in the Serie A. Despite having recently signed a contract extension with Napoli until 2016, he got transferred to PSG in July 2013 for 64.5 millions euros, making him one of the most expensive footballers ever.

  • Born: February 14, 1987 (age 27), Salto, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Nationality: Uruguayan
  • Spouse: Maria Soledad Cavani (m. 2007–2013)
  • Current teams: Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (#9 / Forward), Uruguay national football team (#21 / Forward)

Radamel Falcao :-

Radamel Falcao

  • Transfer fee: 60 million euros
  • Salary: 14 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Atletico Madrid
  • New team: AS Monaco

Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate, commonly known simply as Radamel Falcao, Falcao García or Falcao in South America, is a Colombian football striker, who plays for AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1 and represents the Colombia national football team Falcao has already proven to be one of the most prolific forwards in the game and he has done it in many occasions over the past few years. He started impressing in Portugal while playing for FC Porto, a club where he arrived in 2009.

He scored a total of 72 goals in 87 games for the current Portuguese champions, exactly between 2009 and 2012. A tempting offer from Atletico Madrid made him move to the Spanish capital (40 million euros plus 10 million depending on objectives), and once again, he showed his flawless composure when it comes to hit the back of the net, as well as his nose for goal. This summer, he decided to join another project, but this time he went to France to play for AS Monaco, who just got promoted to “Ligue 1“.

  • Born: February 10, 1986 (age 28), Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Weight: 72 kg
  • Current teams: AS Monaco FC (#9 / Forward), Colombia national football team (#9 / Forward)
  • Parents: Radamel Garcia, Carmenza Zarate

Neymar :-


  • Transfer fee: 57 million euros
  • Salary: 7 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Santos FC
  • New team: FC Barcelona

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, commonly known as Neymar, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, as a forward or winger. He was one of the most wanted players in the market, but few clubs had the ability to convince him to come to Europe as Barcelona had. After making himself become a true idol in Brazil, Neymar Jr. has decided that this summer was the right time for moving to the “Old Continent” and face the biggest challenge he has had so far in his short career. Exactly one year away from the Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014, Neymar is regarded as his country’s biggest talent these days and with that, he holds an entire nation’s dreams and expectations on his shoulders.

Moving to Barça right away will allow him to get a taste of the differences between South American football and European football. He’ll have the chance to play alongside a legendary Barcelona team, surrounded by what many regard as being one of the best football teams to have ever played this game. Xavi, Iniesta and Lionel Messi will surely give Neymar a warm welcome and help him to adapt to “La Liga” as quick as possible. The transfer fee involved in the signing of this 21-year old Brazilian prodigy was said to be around 57 million euros.

  • Born: February 5, 1992 (age 22), Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
  • Current teams: FC Barcelona (#11 / Forward), Brazil national football team (#10 / Forward)
  • Parents: Nadine Santos, Neymar da Silva Sr

Mesut Ozil :-

Mesut Ozil

  • Transfer fee: 50 million euros
  • Salary: 7 million euros (per year). Earning £140.000 per week.
  • Previous team: Real Madrid
  • New team: Arsenal

Mesut Ozil is a German footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Ozil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009Mesut Özil is one of those cases of a true raw talent on the pitch. The German international joined Real Madrid back in 2010 and during his 3 seasons wearing a Merengues shirt he has proven to be one of the best midfielders of his generation.

He’s often described as a classic number 10 as many like to point out, due to his finesse and game-reading capabilities. He got to score 27 goals in 159 matches for Real Madrid in the last 3 years and he leaves the club in the last day of the transfer window in a sort of a shocking manner, as almost everyone both at the club and outside the Bernabeu weren’t counting with such news. Arsenal have signed the German National Team number 10 for a 45-million euros fee (+5 depending on objectives) and have high hopes on Ozil to lead them for the much-ambitioned titles that Arsene Wenger have been failing to deliver in the past years.

  • Born: October 15, 1988 (age 25), Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Height: 1.81 m
  • Parents: Mustafa Ozil
  • Current teams: Germany national football team (#8 / Midfielder), Arsenal F.C. (#11 / Midfielder)

James Rodriguez :-

James Rodriguez

  • Transfer fee: 45 million euros
  • Salary: Unknown (Probably ranging from 5 to 8 million euros per year)
  • Previous team: FC Porto
  • New team: AS Monaco

James David Rodriguez Rubio, or simply James, is a Colombian footballer who plays for French club AS Monaco. He is considered to be one of the best young players in the world, and perhaps the greatest playmaker from his generation. Similarly to his fellow countryman Falcao, the current number 10 of the Colombian National Team started shining in Europe while wearing an F.C. Porto jersey. With an incredibly talented left-foot, the 22-year old has helped commanding the Portuguese team’s midfield in the past few years and with his performances, he convinced AS Monaco to bank on him and take him on board to the French club’s new project of ruling “Ligue 1” and Europe. James Rodriguez signed for the Monegasque club for a 45 million euros transfer fee, which made him one of the highest selling ever in F.C. Porto‘s history.

  • Born: July 12, 1991 (age 22), Cucuta, Colombia
  • Nationality: Colombian
  • Weight: 77 kg
  • Height: 1.80 m
  • Current teams: AS Monaco FC (#10 / Midfielder), Colombia national football team (#10 / Midfielder, Forward)

Fernandinho :-


  • Transfer fee: 40 million euros
  • Salary: 6 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Shakhtar Donetsk
  • New team: Manchester City

Fernando Luiz Roza (born 4 May 1985), or simply Fernandinho is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Brazil national football team. He started his career at Brazilian club Atlético Paranaense before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2005, where he became one of the best foreign players to ever play in the Ukraine Premier League.With Shakhtar, he won six Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. He’s the oldest player to make it this top 10 ranking list of the most expensive football players in 2015-2016. With 28 years old, Fernandinho switched the cold Ukraine for England and will certainly try to dominate the midfield at Manchester City in the years to come.

He has been playing in Europe for a long time already as he arrived to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2005, when he was still a 20-year old youngster. After 8 seasons playing for the Ukranian side and after having accumulated a reasonable amount of experience in several UEFA Champions League editions, Fernandinho‘s recent performances for the Brazilian National Team seem to have convinced Manchester City to open their wallet and take a leap of faith with this former Atletico Paranaense player. He’ll be playing for Manuel Pelegrini‘s side right next season, after City decided to pay 40 million euros for his service.

  • Born: May 4, 1985 (age 28), Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • Height: 1.76 m
  • Weight: 66 kg
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Current teams: Manchester City F.C. (#25 / Midfielder), Brazil national football team (Midfielder)

Gonzalo Higuain :-

Gonzalo Higuain

  • Transfer fee: 40 million euros
  • Salary: 6 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Real Madrid
  • New team: Napoli

Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain ( born 10 December 1987) is an Argentine-French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Napoli and the Argentinian national football team. Nicknamed El Pipita or Pipa, as was his father, Higuaín was born in France, attaining Argentine citizenship in 2007, and now holding dual nationality. Able to play as a striker, Higuain “is known for his speed in the last third of the pitch and his great striking ability.”Gonzalo Higuaion joined Real Madrid CF when he was only 19, in a 12-million euros deal made with River Plate. During his 7 seasons as a Real Madrid player, the Argentinian scored 122 goals in 264 games, with his best season being the year when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at the club (2009-10), as he got to score 29 goals that season, 27 of those in the Spanish League.

Over the last years, Higuaín has been a target of some unfair criticism together with Karim Benzema, which has eventually led the Argentinian to open his mind and willingness about leaving the club. Several clubs like Arsenal FC or PSG have tried to sign him during this summer transfer window, but Higuain ended up choosing Napoli‘s project, who paid 37-million euros (+3 depending on objectives) to bring him to Italy.

  • Born: December 10, 1987 (age 26), Brest, France
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Siblings: Federico Higuain, Lautaro Higuain, Nicolas Higuain
  • Current teams: Argentina national football team (Forward), S.S.C. Napoli (#9 / Forward)
  • Parents: Nancy Zacarias, Jorge Higuain

Illarramendi :-


  • Transfer fee: 39 million euros
  • Salary: 3 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Real Sociedad
  • New team: Real Madrid

Asier Illarramendi Andonegi is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a defensive midfielder. Asier Illarramendi is probably one of the signings for which more people still doubt if he is really worth what was paid for him. Real Madrid signed this 23-year old midfielder for a 30 million transfer fee, hoping that he slowly starts filling in for Xabi Alonso in the first team.

He has played for Real Sociedad his whole career thus far and is yet to become international for Spain, which is understandable if we have in mind the quality of midfielders that are at disposal of the Spanish National Team coach. The Basque player has played 54 games for Real Sociedad‘s first team in the past 3 seasons, but didn’t manage to score a single goal yet. He’ll be wearing the number 24 jersey at Real Madrid and will have a hard task in convincing the fans he’s worth his price tag.

  • Born: March 8, 1990 (age 24), Mutriku, Spain
  • Height: 1.79 m
  • Weight: 76 kg
  • Career start: 2007
  • Current team: Real Madrid C.F. (#24 / Midfielder)

 Mario Gotze :-

 Mario Gotze

  • Transfer fee: 37 million euros
  • Salary: 7 million euros (per year)
  • Previous team: Borussia Dortmund
  • New team: Bayern Munich

Mario Gotze (born 3 June 1992) is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and the German national team. In addition to his favoured role as a number 10, Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false 9. Gotze is considered to be an up-and-coming player, possessing high speed, excellent technical and dribbling skill, and play-making capabilities. Former German Football Association’s technical director Matthias Sammer describes Götze as “one of the best talents that [Germany’s] ever had.”37 million euros! That’s how much it took for Bayern Munich to steal his rival’s biggest star: Mario Götze.

The German international has let down his fan base in Dortmund and announced he would be signing for Bayern Munich just a few days before the UEFA Champions League final from last season, that took place between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Even though his previous fans won’t ever forgive him, he’s expected to become Bayern Munich‘s future, as well as to lead the German National Team to similar success to what they’ve had in the past decades. As a Dortmund player, he only scored 22 goals since he made it to the first team 4 seasons ago, but that alone didn’t seem to have been enough for Bayern Munich to get less tempted on signing him. He’ll be playing under Pep Guardiola‘s orders this year and he’s certainly a player to keep watching closely as we approach the dawn of the 2016 FIFA World Cup.

  • Born: June 3, 1992 (age 21), Memmingen, Germany
  • Height: 1.76 m
  • Parents: Jurgen Gotze
  • Siblings: Fabian Gotze, Felix Gotze
  • Current teams: Germany national football team (#19 / Midfielder), FC Bayern Munich (#19 / Midfielder)

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