Cristiano Ronaldo completed his €100m move to Juventus on Monday, in a deal which has seen the Italian giants break their transfer record.
The 33-year-old Portuguese forward has left the Bernabeu after nine years of service, scoring over 450 goals for Real in that time and winning four Champions League titles.
Somehow, Real have still made a profit on the player despite being in the relative closing stages of his career though Juve won’t worry about the significant investment as they will likely make a lot of that back through other commercial means.
It also means that Ronaldo now has two entries in the list of the most expensive transfers in football history – a list that Paris Saint-Germain have taken control of over the last two years.
But where does the former Man United man’s latest transfer rank among the most expensive transfers ever?
(All prices are in euro, with the pound conversion rate at the time used to separate transfers in the event of a tie)
1. Neymar Jr: Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain (€222m, 2017)
PSG blew the transfer record out of the water when they dropped over €220 on the table to secure Neymar services last summer. The results have been hit and miss, however, and PSG seem no closer to their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League as they did before they signed the Brazilian.
2. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco – Paris Saint-Germain (€180m, 2018)
The teenager has just shot to superstardom after his star turn at the World Cup, but PSG got in ahead of the curve by trying Mbappe down as the second most expensive player ever, making the transfer permanent this summer after last season’s loan spell from Monaco.
3. Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool – Barcelona (€160m, 2018)
After months of speculation, Coutinho finally completed a move to Camp Nou in January. After a strong opening half-season for the Catalan giants, much will be expected of the Brazilian this year to help spearhead their Champions League push.
4. Ousmane Dembele: Dortmund – Barcelona (€105m, 2017)
Dembele effectively went on strike from Dortmund last summer to get his dream move to Barcelona, but the dream stuttered early when the French international was ruled out for four months with injury. He has since settled into life at Barca, but the club’s rumoured interest in Eden Hazard and Willian won’t help his cause.
5. Paul Pogba: Juventus – Manchester United (€105m, 2016)
Man United spent a fortune to bring back a player that had left them for nothing four years earlier, but he is largely proving to be worth the outlay. Inconsistency has been his biggest enemy so far, but a brilliant World Cup will have aided his cause greatly.
6. Romelu Lukaku: Everton – Manchester United (€102m, 2017)
The Belgian striker signed for Man United in a deal worth an initial £75m last summer (though one can expect most (even all) of the bonuses and clauses to be met), and a record of 27 goals in his first campaign was a very promising start for the striker at Old Trafford.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid – Juventus (€100m, 2018)
After threatening to leave Real for years, Ronaldo finally made good on his promise by leaving for Juventus in a club-record deal for the Italians. Spending €100m and handing a four-year deal to a 33-year-old would be madness in most circumstances, but Ronaldo is not an ordinary 33-year-old.
8. Gareth Bale: Tottenham Hotspur – Real Madrid (€100m, 2013)
The first €100m player, Real Madrid had supreme confidence in Bale’s ability to make the step up to the very pinnacle of European football. He hasn’t always had the confidence of Real fans, but vital goals in two Champions League finals have singled him out as a big-game player.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United – Real Madrid (€94m, 2009)
Real Madrid marked the return of the Galactico era by taking Manchester United’s prize possession in 2009. Nine years, 450 goals and four Champions Leagues later, it’s safe to say that Real have more than made their money back (figuratively and literally, given his recent sale) on the Portuguese forward.
10. Gonzalo Higuain: Napoli – Real Madrid (€90m, 2016)
Eyebrows were raised when Juventus broke the bank to nab their biggest rivals’ star striker in 2016, in a move that should have made themselves far stronger while significantly weakening Napoli. However, Partenopei have stayed in title contention since, while Higuain’s record of 55 goals in 105 games has been solid if not spectacular.