05 Aug, 12:00
1 Neymar (222 million euros) Year 2017
The most anticipated move in this summer transfer window was finally completed on Thursday night when PSG paid Barcelona 222 million euros for Neymar service. This has now made the Brazilian striker the most expensive player in history. This move has been criticised by managers like Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger. Mourinho said PSG's move will inflate the already 'crazy' transfer market.
2 Paul Pogba (105 million euros) Year 2016
Paul Pogba moved to Manchester United last year from Juventus for 105 million euros. Pogba was at United for one season (2011-2012), but never got a chance to impress then manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Juventus were interested in the Frenchman and he moved to Turin where he became one of the best players in Italy. United wanted to resign him and they got their man after Jose Mourinho became the manager last year.
3 Gareth Bale (100 million euros) Year 2013
Real Madrid were desperate to make Gareth Bale their latest 'Galactico' in 2013, but Tottenham played their part superbly with all the delaying tactics. Eventually the London club allowed Bale to leave, but not before Real Madrid agreed to pay 100 million euros for his signature. With his frightening speed and ball skills, the Welshman became a terror for defenders in England. And Madrid got the Galactico they wanted.
4 Cristiano Ronaldo (94 million euros) Year 2009
This was the transfer the whole world was talking about in 2009. Actually Real Madrid wanted to sign Ronaldo in 2008, but Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson refused to let his best player leave. But a year later, United decided to cash in on the star man and Ronaldo completed his dream move. Remarkably, 80,000 fans turned up at Santiago Bernabéu to welcome Ronaldo in his official presentation.
5 Gonzalo Higuain (90 million euros) Year 2016
Gonzalo Higuain is not among the most glamorous players. But the Argentine striker is a proven goal scorer. When the former Real Madrid player broke the Serie A record for most number of goals in a single season for Napoli, Juventus were ready to break the bank. Higuain went from hero to villain for Napoli fans when he announced his desire to leave. But now he is a fan-favourite at Juventus.