Transfers and their values are one of the most discussed topics in modern-day football, with the world’s best players and their clubs demanding a massive price for their services.
The highest transfer fees ever paid in the history of the game might have been for Gareth Bale over the summer, but there are others who have accumulated even higher amounts while moving from club to club through their career. Here is the list of players who have demanded the highest transfer fees in the history of football.
Note that this is a list of players who have had the most transfer fees spent on them throughout their career, and not just for a single transfer.
10. Christian Vieri
The most expensive footballer in the world in 1999 when Inter Milan paid Lazio £34 million for him, Vieri starts our countdown of the most valuable players in the history of football.
The Italian international is the joint-highest goalscorer for his country in World Cups, scoring 9 goals from 9 games, and was also a prolific goalscorer at club level as well.
Clubs played for - Torino, Pisa, Ravenna, Venezia, Atalanta, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Monaco, Sampdoria, Fiorentina
Combined transfer fees – £77 million
Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo comes in at ninth on this list, with £89 million spent on the striker throughout his career.
Along with multiple honours at the club level, Ronaldo has lifted the FIFA World Cup twice, and is still the highest goalscorer in the history of the competition.
Clubs played for - Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Corinthians
Combined transfer fees – £89 million