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Stats: 10 most expensive defenders in club football history

David Luiz: Most expensive defender in the world

With the transfer of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain being confimed, the player has now become the most expensive defender in club football history surpassing his international team-mate Thiago Silva. Thiago Silva previously was the most expensive footballer who was bought by PSG for £35.3m from AC Milan in 2012.

David Luiz features twice in the list of top 10 most expensive defenders. He was bought by Chelsea in 2011 for £21.3m from Benfica.

The list of top 10 most expensive defenders in club football history is given below.

Most expensive defenders in club football history

Number Player From To Amount Year
1 David Luiz Chelsea PSG £40m 2014

2

Thiago Silva AC Milan PSG £35.3m 2012
  3   Marquinhos AS Roma PSG £30.1m 2013
4 Rio Ferdinand Leeds United Manchester United £30m 2002
5 Alessandro Nesta Lazio AC Milan £26.1m 2002
6 Pepe FC Porto Real Madrid £25.2m 2007
7 Fabio Coentrao Benfica Real Madrid £25.2m 2011
8 Dani Alves Sevilla Chelsea £23.5m 2008
9 Lilian Thuram Parma  Juventus £22m 2001
10 David Luiz Benfica Chelsea    £21.3m 2011
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