Most Expensive Football Transfers

Ronaldo

Earlier this month, Real landed Kaka from AC Milan in a £56m deal, breaking the record that they’d held since 2001, when they signed Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for what now seems like a paltry £45.62m. While the previous record last nearly eight years, that one stood for only a few weeks, as Real blew it out of the water when they completed the long-awaited and highly-anticipated signing of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo for a whopping £80m.

Before this summer, Real held the top two spots in the list of the world’s most expensive transfers, and now they hold the top four spots for most expensive purchases.

Top 10 Overall Transfers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to Real Madrid – £80m (2009)
2. Kaka: AC Milan to Real Madrid – £56m (2009)
3. Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid – £45.62m (2001)
4. Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid – £37m (2000)
5. Hernan Crespo: Parma to Lazio – £35.5m (2000)
6. Gianluigi Buffon: Parma to Juventus – £32.6m (2001)
7. Robinho: Real Madrid to Manchester City – £32.5m (2008)
8. Christian Vieri: Lazio to Inter – £32m (1999)
9. Dimitar Berbatov: Tottenham to Manchester United – £30.75m (2008)
10. Andriy Shevchenko: AC Milan to Chelsea – £30m (2006)

Top 10 Premier League Transfers

1. Robinho
2. Berbatov
3. Shevchenko
4. Rio Ferdinand: Leeds to Manchester United – £29.1m (2002)
5. Juan Sebastian Veron: Lazio to Manchester United – £28.1m (2001)
6. Michael Essien: Lyon to Chelsea – £24.43m (2005)
7. Didier Drogba: Marseille to Chelsea – £24m (2004)
8. Wayne Rooney: Everton to Manchester United – £23m initially (2004)
9. Shaun Wright-Phillips: Manchester City to Chelsea – £21m (2005)
10. Fernando Torres: Atletico Madrid to Liverpool – £20m (2007)

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~ by awbroady on July 26, 2009.

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