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The 100 Most Expensive Transfers of All Time



When Neymar Jr completes his transfer from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, he will be acknowledged as the player with the most expensive transfer of all time.

At the moment, the record is held by Manchester United’s under-performed Paul Pogba whose transfer fee last year from Juventus was put at €105million, a huge mountain when compared with €44million that the Manchester United paid to pluck Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.

According to the statistics put together by American sports website, Sporting News, Matic is 46th on the list of the most expensive players of all time.


1 Paul Pogba Juventus – Manchester United 2016 €105m
2 Gareth Bale Tottenham – Real Madrid 2013 €100.8m
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United – Real Madrid 2009 €94m
4 Gonzalo Higuain Napoli – Juventus 2016 €90m
5 Neymar Santos – Barcelona 2013 €86.2m
6 Romelu Lukaku Everton – Manchester United 2017 €84.8m
7 Luis Suarez Liverpool – Barcelona 2014 €82.3m
8 James Rodriguez Monaco – Real Madrid 2014 €80m
9 Alvaro Morata Real Madrid – Chelsea 2017 €78.9m
10 Zinedine Zidane Juventus – Real Madrid 2001 €77.5m
11 Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg – Manchester City 2015 €75m
12 Angel Di Maria Real Madrid – Manchester United 2014 €74.6m
13 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Inter – Barcelona 2009 €69.5m
14 Raheem Sterling Liverpool – Manchester City 2015 €69.1m
15 Kaka AC Milan – Real Madrid 2009 €65m
16 Edinson Cavani Napoli- PSG 2013 €64.5m
17 David Luiz Chelsea – PSG 2014 €62.5m
18 Angel Di Maria Manchester United – PSG 2015 €61.6m
19 Oscar Chelsea – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €60.3m
20 Luis Figo Barcelona – Real Madrid 2000 €60m
21 Fernando Torres Liverpool – Chelsea 2011 €59m
22 Hulk Zenit – Shanghai SIPG 2016 €58.6m
23 Benjamin Mendy Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €58.2m
24 John Stones Everton – Manchester City 2016 €58m
25 Kyle Walker Tottenham – Manchester City 2017 €56.7m
26 Hernan Crespo Parma – Lazio 2000 €55m
27 Alexandre Lacazette Lyon – Arsenal 2017 €52.4m
28 Gianluigi Buffon Parma – Juventus 2001 €52m
29 Eliaquim Mangala Valencia – Manchester City 2014 €51.7m
30 Alex Teixeira Shakhtar Dontesk – Jiangsu Suning 2016 €50m
30 Bernardo Silva Monaco – Manchester City 2017 €50m
32 Anthony Martial Monaco – Manchester United 2015 €49.3m
33 Christian Vieri Lazio – Inter 1999 €49m
34 Gaizka Mendieta Valencia – Lazio 2001 €48m
35 Mesut Ozil Real Madrid – Arsenal 2013 €47m
36 Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio – Manchester United 2001 €46m
36 Rio Ferdinand Leeds – Manchester United 2002 €46m
36 Ronaldo Inter – Real Madrid 2002 €46m
36 Juan Mata Chelsea – Manchester United 2014 €46m
36 Douglas Costa Bayern Munich – Juventus 2017 €46m
41 Christian Benteke Aston Villa – Liverpool 2015 €45.8m
42 James Rodriguez Porto – Monaco 2013 €45m
42 Joao Mario Sporting CP – Inter 2016 €45m
42 Granit Xhaka Borussia Monchengladbach – Arsenal 2016 €45m
42 Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco – Chelsea 2017 €45m
46 Nemanja Matic Chelsea – Manchester United 2017 €44.7m
47 Leroy Sane Schalke – Manchester City 2016 €44m
48 Andriy Shevchenko AC Milan – Chelsea 2006 €43.9m
49 Robinho Real Madrid – Manchester City 2008 €43m
49 Radamel Falcao Atletico Madrid – Monaco 2013 €43m
51 Alexis Sanchez Barcelona – Arsenal 2014 €42.5m
52 Rui Costa Fiorentina – AC Milan 2001 €42m
52 Javier Pastore Palermo – PSG 2011 €42m
52 Thiago Silva AC Milan – PSG 2012 €42m
52 Jackson Martinez Atletico Madrid – Guangzhou Evergrande 2016 €42m
52 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United 2016 €42m
52 Mohamed Salah Roma – Liverpool 2017 €42m
52 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus – AC Milan 2017 €42m
59 Lilian Thuram Parma – Juventus 2001 €41.5m
59 Corentin Tolisso Lyon – Bayern Munich 2017 €41.5m
61 Andy Carroll Newcastle – Liverpool 2011 €41.3m
62 Pavel Nedved Lazio – Juventus 2001 €41.2m
62 Shkodran Mustafi Valencia – Arsenal 2016 €41.2m
62 Sadio Mane Southampton – Liverpool 2016 €41.2m
65 Roberto Firmino Hoffenheim – Liverpool 2015 €41m
65 Marc Overmars Arsenal – Barcelona 2001 €41m
67 David Villa Valencia – Barcelona 2010 €40m
68 Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid – Manchester City 2011 €40m
68 Radamel Falcao Porto – Atletico Madrid 2011 €40m
68 Hulk Porto – Zenit 2012 €40m
68 Axel Witsel Benfica – Zenit 2012 €40m
68 Javi Martinez Athletic Club – Bayern Munich 2012 €40m
68 Eden Hazard Lille – Chelsea 2012 €40m
68 Fernandinho Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City 2013 €40m
68 Ederson Benfica – Manchester City 2017 €40m
76 David Luiz PSG – Chelsea 2016 €39.6m
77 Michy Batshuayi Marseille – Chelsea 2016 €39m
77 Antonio Rudiger Roma – Chelsea 2017 €39m
79 Didier Drogba Marseille – Chelsea 2004 €38.5m
80 Michael Essien Lyon – Chelsea 2005 €38m
80 Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid – Liverpool 2007 €38m
80 Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham – Manchester United 2008 €38m
80 Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid – Napoli 2013 €38m
80 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid – Chelsea 2014 €38m
80 Eric Bailly Villarreal – Manchester United 2016 €38m
80 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich 2016 €38m
80 Andre Silva Porto – AC Milan 2017 €38m
88 David Beckham Manchester United – Real Madrid 2003 €37.5m
88 Luke Shaw Southampton – Manchester United 2014 €37.5m
90 Jackson Martinez Porto – Atletico Madrid 2015 €37.1m
91 Filippo Inzaghi Juventus – AC Milan 2001 €37m
91 Wayne Rooney Everton – Manchester United 2004 €37m
91 Edin Dzeko Wolfsburg – Manchester City 2010 €37m
94 Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich 2013 €37m
94 Arturo Vidal Juventus – Bayern Munich 2015 €37m
96 Hernan Crespo Lazio – Inter 2002 €36m
96 Arjen Robben Chelsea – Real Madrid 2007 €36m
96 Ander Herrera Athletic Club – Manchester United 2014 €36m
99 Javier Saviola River Plate – Barcelona 2001 €35.9m
100 N’Golo Kante Leicester City 2016 €35.8m



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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New twist in Cameroon football coach crisis




The coaching crisis in Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions has taken a new dimension as the football federation, FECAFOOT, led by former international, Samuel Eto’o goes in direct confrontation with the coaching crew appointed by the sports ministry which also picks the bills.

  According to a Cameroon official who will not like to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the matter, the claims and counter claims of both the sports ministry and the FECAFOOT led by Eto’o had been heard and decided by the conciliation and arbitration chamber of the Cameroonian national Olympic committee, which is a court in charge of sports cases in Cameroon.

  “What is in contention is not the position of the Belgian coach, Marcc Brys, but that of the Cameroonian assistants attached to him.”

  The source explained to Sports Village Square that although the employment of Brys by the sports ministry was initially contested by Eto’o, the former player has come to accept the situation.


  “In Cameroon, there is always a techenical crew of nine to 11. The foreign coach is allowed to bring in two foreign assistants, while the others are always Cameroonians.

  In this case, the sports ministry approved the list of two foreign assistants by Brys while also announcing another set of local assistants that included former international, François Omam-Biyik, one of the stars of Italia ‘90  and the scorer of the goal that gave Cameroon a 1-0 win over a Diego Maradona-inspired  Argentina.

  “That is where the problem is. FECAFOOT also submitted a list of technical crew that included Brys and his two foreign assistants but dropped the names of the local assistants with new ones.”

  In essence, there are two lists with both having three names as same, but differ on the rest.

 According to the source, the list submitted by the sports ministry was upheld by the tribunal which threw aside that of FECAFOOT.


  In another twist, FIFA has already removed the name of Marc Brys from the profile of Cameroon on its website. Only the name of national women’s coach, Jean-Baptiste Bisseck is listed.

The removal of Brys’ name is happening a second time as it was first removed at the end of last month before being reinstated.

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Cameroon’s appointment of Brys as manager suspended by sports tribunal



Marc Brys

Cameroon’s appointment of Belgian Marc Brys as head coach was suspended by the country’s top sports tribunal on Tuesday following the petition of an amateur football club.

The country’s sports ministry stirred controversy last month when it named 61-year-old Brys as manager of the Indomitable Lions without consulting the football federation (FECAFOOT).

The move sparked a dispute between the sports ministry and FECAFOOT, which said the government had made a unilateral decision.

In response, it asked its president Samuel Eto’o to propose a national coach and other management staff for the national side within 72 hours, deepening its standoff with the sports ministry.

Eto’o kept Brys as head coach but named different assistants, technical, medical and administrative staff.


An amateur club, meanwhile, took the matter to the Arbitration and Conciliation Chamber of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee.

In a provisional ruling on Tuesday, the court suspended the FECAFOOT appointments while it fully examined the matter. Concerned parties have 24 hours to appeal.

FECAFOOT in response said it “reserves the right to refer these decisions to FIFA, as they hinder the preparation process for the forthcoming sport events.

“The Emergency Committee of FECAFOOT will meet immediately to take appropriate measures,” it said in a statement.

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has strict rules against government interference in national federations and has frequently banned countries when governments get involved in federation affairs.


The president of the Cameroon Association of Amateur Football Clubs, Balla Ongolo Henri, had previously said Eto’o’s appointments would damage Cameroon’s image and disrupt preparations for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers next June.

Brys, 61, penned a contract on May 8 as head coach of the Indomitable Lions following the dismissal of Rigobert Song in February. FECAFOOT did not attend the signing ceremony.

The sports ministry says it has acted in accordance with national and international regulations.


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Amokachi, Adebayor and Amanda Dlamini confirmed for CAF African Schools Championship Finals



African football legends, Emmanuel Adebayor, Daniel Amokachi and Amanda Dlamini are some of the top names that have been confirmed for the Continental Finals of the CAF African Schools Football Championship 2024 scheduled in Zanzibar between 21 – 24 May 2024.

The CAF African Schools Football Championship is the school’s competition that includes over 44 African countries with over 800 000 participants of Boys and Girls under the age of 15.

This is the second edition of the competition that is not only focused on Football but also on a number of programmes including Young Referee’s Programme, Young Reporter Programme and Safeguarding. 

Adebayor, CAF Player of the Year in 2008, represented Togo at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany for their only appearance at the tournament. Ex-striker for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and others, the Togolese star has had a successful career, earning over 85 caps with Les Eperviers.

Nigerian football star Amokachi played 42 international matches for the Super Eagles. He participated in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and was part of the team that won the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and the Olympic Games in 1996.


Former Banyana Banyana (South Africa) captain Dlamini played in two TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations competitions where they finished third and second in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is one of the few footballers, both in the men’s and women’s national teams to reach 100 caps.

Dlamini recently made history when she became the first female to be part of the world commentary feed at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

Also on the list are local stars Abdi Kassim Sadalla, former Tanzanian National Team Captain, and Hilda Masanche, Head coach of the Tanzania U17 Women’s National Team.

The Legends will feature in various activities to promote and support football development among African youth.

The finals will bring together talented young players from across the continent, providing them a platform to showcase their skills and passion for the game.



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