Even though there are still several weeks left for this summer transfer window to end, it will undoubtedly be a milestone in the modern history of world professional football, as it has already made it possible to take an unprecedented turn, which we can also call It’s revolutionary, thanks to Saudi Arabia and the rise of the Saudi Pro League. If European clubs were until now accustomed to basing themselves on the best players on the planet, they now have to deal with the Saudi structures that have dynamited the transfer market this summer.
For several seasons now, the Premier League and Serie A but also La Liga have had a habit of gathering the best players on the planet. It is therefore no surprise to find players who have developed in the English, Italian and Spanish championships topping the rankings of the most expensive footballers in history. But the first name is none other than the Brazilian Neymar. The former Paris Saint-Germain player led to his transfer to Al-Hilal with cumulative transfers of around 400 million euros (88M€ from Santos to Barcelona, then 222M€ to PSG and finally 90M€ during his departure to Saudi Arabia). regained his throne.
Ousmane Dembele at the bottom of the podium
Behind the Brazilian, there are two players accustomed to sensational transfers such as Romelu Lukaku. The powerful Belgian striker has been at the center of a number of moves since the start of his career and now has just under €334m in cumulative transfers between his departure from Anderlecht and his return to Chelsea this summer. Nevertheless, if a new start is confirmed for the Blues this summer, he could take the number one spot in the rankings. Behind the mighty Belgian striker, we find the indestructible Cristiano Ronaldo, who has amassed a total of €247M since leaving Sporting for Manchester United and joining Al-Nassr.
Following this prestigious podium, we get PSG’s new recruit Ousmane Dembele, who finished on the foot of the podium with €220M in cumulative transfers, notably for his movement between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in 2017 for €135M Thank you. Alvaro Morata is second with just under €190m after several changes to his club, while Philippe Coutinho (a little over €180m) is ahead of two Frenchmen, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, who share the same amount but without the same number of transfers (€180 million). Finally, Angel Di Maria (€179 million) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (just under €170 million) follow close behind.