The football world has seen a lot of expensive transfers happening over the years. A decade ago, a price range of around 30-40 Million was considered the costliest transfer in the world, with changing times and costliest transfers ever have been beaten with a much higher frequency. Transfers in the last five years constitute the top-5 costliest transfers in the world with 4 out of the top 5 have happened in the past two transfer windows. 

Here’s a list of Top 5 costliest transfers in the World – 

1. Gareth Bale for £85.3million from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013


Top 5 costliest transfers in the world-Gareth Bale


The Welsh international moved from the English side having had a torrid first few seasons at White Hart Lane having arrived as a youngster from Southampton. Bale went on to score 22 goals in 40 appearances in his first season, which included a late winner against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey and also the goal that gave the Los Blancos an extra-time lead in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo for £80million from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009

Top 5 costliest transfers in the world-Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid for the then world record transfer fee of £80m having won almost everything domestically with Manchester United, having scored 42 goals in the season in which they were European Champions. With Madrid, Ronaldo and has scored 228 goals in 213 appearances over five years and is well on his way to become Los Blancos all time top scorer. He scored 17 goals in the Champions League leading his club to their coveted ‘La Decima’ last season.

3. Luis Suarez for £75million from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014

Top 5 costliest transfers in the world-Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan had a remarkable lasts season in which he scored 31 goals in the league from just 33 games as he almost led them to the English Premier League, the highest ever by any Liverpool player despite missing the first five league games due to a bite on Branislav Ivanovic. Another bite, this time on Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, lead to a four month ban from all football prompting Liverpool to offload the striker  to Barcelona.

4. James Rodriguez for £63million from Monaco to Real Madrid in 2014

Top 5 costliest transfers in the world-James Rodriguez

The World Cup’s Golden Boot Winner was also one of the best players of the tournament earned his Real Madrid move having just moved to Monaco for a huge amount a season ago and set to become an integral part of one of the best Real Madrid side’s for many a year.

5. Angel di Maria for £59.7million from Real Madrid to Manchester United in 2014)

Top 5 costliest transfers in the world-Angel Di Maria

The Argentine was one of the best players in La Liga last season and despite putting in a man of the match display in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid where Real won 4-1, the winger was considered dispensable and Manchester United swooped in with a British record transfer fee for Di Maria’s services.