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We've always a football transfer record, especially in the 1980s and 1990s when the records were being broken regularly. The turn of the century saw things go a bit carzy though, as figures reached the £50m mark and supporters started to realise that those sort of fees weren't sustainable without some sort of increased cost to them. But, in the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain't seen nothing yet, because, in 2017, Paris Saint-Germain obliterated the £89m that Manchester United had paid Juventus for French midfielder Paul Pogba by spending £198m on Neymar from Barcelona. A jawdropping amount of money, especially in a time when UEFA was preaching the virtues of financial fairplay. Whilst we loved seeing transfer record broken when we were kids, let's hope for the sake of football that this is one transfer fee that isn't surpassed for a long time.



Timeline of World Record Transfer Fees

Transfer Fee Year Player Buying Club / Selling Club
£198,000,000 2017 Neymar Paris Saint-Germain / Barcelona
£89,000,000 2016 Paul Pogba Man United / Juventus
£86,000,000 2013 Gareth Bale Real Madrid / Tottenham Hotspur
£80,000,000 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid / Man United
£56,100,000 2009 Kaká Real Madrid / AC Milan
£45,600,000 2001 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid / Juventus
£37,000,000 2000 Luis Figo Real Madrid / Barcelona
£35,500,000 2000 Hernan Crespo Lazio / Parma
£31,000,000 1999 Christian Vieri Inter Milan / Lazio
£21,900,000 1998 Denilson Real Betis / Sao Paulo
£19,500,000 1997 Ronaldo Inter Milan / Barcelona
£15,000,000 1996 Alan Shearer Newcastle United / Blackburn Rovers
£13,000,000 1992 Gianluigi Lentini AC Milan / Torino
£12,500,000 1992 Gianluca Vialli Juventus / Sampdoria
£10,000,000 1992 Jean-Pierre Papin AC Milan / Marseille
£8,000,000 1990 Roberto Baggio Juventus / Fiorentina
£6,000,000 1987 Ruud Gullit AC Milan / PSV Eindhoven
£6,000,000 1988 Lajos Détári Olympiacos / Eintracht Frankfurt
£5,000,000 1984 Diego Maradona Napoli / Barcelona
£3,000,000 1982 Diego Maradona Barcelona / Boca Juniors
£1,700,000 1978 Paolo Rossi Lanerossi Vicenza / Juventus
£1,200,000 1975 Giuseppe Savoldi Napoli / Bologna
£920,000 1973 Johan Cruyff Barcelona / Ajax
£500,000 1968 Pietro Anastasi Juventus / AS Varese
£250,000 1963 Angelo Sormani Roma / AC Mantova
£142,000 1961 Luis Suarez Inter Milan / Barcelona
£94,000 1957 Omar Sivori Juventus / River Plate
£72,000 1954 Juan Schiaffino A.C. Milan / Penarol
£51,000 1952 Hans Jeppsson Napoli / Atalanta
£23,000 1932 Bernabe Ferreyra River Plate / Club Atletico Tigre
£10,890 1929 David Jack Arsenal / Bolton Wanderers
£6,550 1925 Bob Kelly Sunderland / Burnley
£5,500 1922 Warney Cresswell Sunderland / South Shields
£5,000 1922 Sydney Puddefoot Falkirk / West Ham United
£3,500 1920 David Jack Bolton Wanderers / Plymouth Argyle
£2,500 1914 Percy Dawson Blackburn Rovers / Hearts
£1,500 1913 Charlie Roberts Oldham Athletic / Manchester United
£1,000 1905 Alf Common Middlesbrough / Sunderland
£700 1904 Andrew McCombie Newcastle United / Sunderland
£520 1902 Alf Common Sunderland / Sheffield United