Transfers are one of most unique things that happen in football unlike other sports. We see players joining other clubs for huge amount of money.
The most expensive transfer in the history of football is Gareath Bale to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for £86 million by overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee of £80 million.
Heavy amount of cash splashes throughout the transfer window by all clubs around the world.
Buy-out clause is one the terms we can hear during the transfer window and some people think it is the same with release clause.
Buy-out clauses are prevalent in Spain and differ a lot with release clause.
Buy-out clauses are a mandatory element of most Spanish contracts and are usually set at a very high figure which is not necessarily the true market value of the player.
The player has to literally ‘buy out’ his contract at the stipulated amount, though in practice, it is the purchasing club who pays the amount via the player.
This can be a complicated process because of the practical tax logistics of a purchasing club transferring the ‘buy-out’ fee to the player who will in turn buy out his contract.
We saw this with Manchester United’s reported failed bid with Anders Herrera and Javi Martinez’s successful transfer to Bayern Munich.
We are making a list of footballers with highest amount buy-out clauses-
1> Cristiano Ronaldo- The Real Madrid star has the highest buy-out clasuse in the world estimated to be €1 Billion.
2> Lionel Messi– 4 time Balon d’or winner Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has the second highest buy-out clause in world football which is believed to be €250 million.
3> Andres Iniesta– At number 3 we find another Barcelona star Andre Iniesta with a €200 million buy-out clause.
4> Neymar– The Brazilian wonder boy has the fourth highest buy-out clause in his Barcelona contract which is €190 million.
5> Sergio Ramos- Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos finds himself at the fifth position with a €180 million buy-out clause.
6> Jordi Alba- The Spanish wingback has a €150 million butout clause in his Barcelona contract and stand sixth in the list.
7> Gareath Bale- The Welsh winger has a €108 million who sits seventh in the list.
8> Aymeric Laporte- The French wonderkid has a buy-out clause of €72 million in his Athletic Bilbao contract.
9> Ryan Gauld- The 19 year old Scottish attacking midfielder has a buy-out clause of €60 million in his Sporting Lisbon contract and see himself the only player in the list from a non Spanish club.
10> Koke- The Atletico Madrid midfielder also has a buy-out clause of €60 million and rounds up the list.