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Pogba, Stones And The Most Expensive XI In Football History

In case it needed repeating, Paul Pogba became the most expensive footballer ever when he completed his €105m move from Juventus to Manchester United on Monday night.

Obviously, that now also makes him the most expensive central midfielder in history too, breaking a record set earlier this summer with Granit Xhaka’s €45m move to Arsenal.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old centre-back John Stones became the costliest defender ever by completing a €55.6m move to Manchester City, surpassing the initial €49.5m paid by Paris Saint-Germain for David Luiz in 2014 (though both fees could rise through the activation of add-ons).

Interestingly, of the most expensive player for each position, eight of them have come in the past three years – four of which have been broken this summer.

(All transfer fees taken from transfermarkt.com and in are measured in Euro)

 

The Most Expensive Starting XI In Football History

Goalkeeper:

Gianluigi Buffon – €53m

27 Oct 2001: Portrait of Gianluigi Buffon goalkeeper of Juventus taken while in action during the Serie A 9th Round League match between Juventus and Inter Milan, played at the Delle Alpi stadium, Turin Italy. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT

Parma – Juventus, 2001

Defenders:

Right Back: Dani Alves – €35.5m

Barcelona�s Dani Alves celebrates his goal during a Spanish league football match against Malaga at the Romareda Stadium, on November 1, 2008 in Malaga. AFP PHOTO/Pedro ARMESTRE. (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sevilla – Barcelona, 2008

Left Back: Luke Shaw – €37.5m

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Luke Shaw of Man Utd in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on October 5, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)

Southampton – Manchester United, 2014

Centre Back: John Stones – €55.6m

John Stones

Everton – Manchester City, 2016

Centre Back: David Luiz – €49.5m

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 16: David Luiz of PSG in action during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain FC and SC Bastia at Parc des Princes stadium on August 16, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Chelsea – Paris Saint-Germain, 2014

Midfielders:

Centre Midfield: Paul Pogba – €105m

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Paul Pogba of Manchester United poses after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on August 8, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Juventus – Manchester United, 2016

Centre Midfield: Granit Xhaka – €45m

Arsenal v Manchester City: Pre-Season Friendly

Borussia Mönchengladbach – Arsenal, 2016

Attacking Midfield: James Rodríguez – €75m

Soccer: International Champions Cup: View of Real Madrid James Rodriguez (10) during preseason game vs Bayern Munich at MetLife Stadium.

AS Monaco – Real Madrid, 2014

Forwards:

Right Wing: Gareth Bale – €101m

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League final match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016 at the Giuseppe Meazza San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur – Real Madrid, 2013

Left Wing: Cristiano Ronaldo – €94m

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Bernabeu on March 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester United – Real Madrid, 2009

Striker: Gonzalo Higuaín – €90m

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between West Ham United and Juventus at the London Stadium on August 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Napoli – Juventus, 2016

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