The history of football's world record transfer fee

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Neymar became the world’s most expensive footballer ever when he joined PSG from Barcelona for £198m in August 2017 – Yahoo Sport traces the history of the game’s landmark deals from start to finish

<p><b>Willie Groves</b><br><b>1893:</b> West Brom to Aston Villa for £100 </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £100 player

Willie Groves
1893: West Brom to Aston Villa for £100

<p><b>Alf Common</b><br><b>1905:</b> Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000 </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £1000 player

Alf Common
1905: Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000

<p><b>Syd Puddefoot</b><br><b>1922:</b> West Ham to Falkirk for £5,000 </p>
World record transfer fees world’s first £5000 player

Syd Puddefoot
1922: West Ham to Falkirk for £5,000

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<p><b>David Jack</b><br><b>1928</b>: David Jack Bolton to Arsenal for £10,890 </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £10,000 player

David Jack
1928: David Jack Bolton to Arsenal for £10,890

<p><b>Hans Jeppson</b><br><b>1952:</b> Atalanta to Napoli for £52,000 </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £50,000 player

Hans Jeppson
1952: Atalanta to Napoli for £52,000

<p><b>Luis Suarez</b><br><b>1961</b>: Barcelona v Inter for £152,000 </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £150,000 player

Luis Suarez
1961: Barcelona v Inter for £152,000

<p><b>Pietro Anastasi</b><br><b>1968:</b> Varese to Juventus for £500,000 </p>
World record transfer fees world’s first £500,000 player

Pietro Anastasi
1968: Varese to Juventus for £500,000

<p><b>Giuseppe Savoldi</b><br><b>1975:</b> Bologna to Napoli for £1.2m </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £1m player

Giuseppe Savoldi
1975: Bologna to Napoli for £1.2m

<p><b>Diego Maradona</b><br><b>1984:</b> Barcelona to Napoli for £5m </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £5m player

Diego Maradona
1984: Barcelona to Napoli for £5m

<p><b>Jean-Pierre Papin</b><br><b>1992:</b> Marseille to Milan for £10m </p>
World record transfer fees world’s first £10m player

Jean-Pierre Papin
1992: Marseille to Milan for £10m

<p><b>Gianluca Vialli</b><br><b>1992:</b> Sampdoria v Juventus for £12m </p>
World record transfer fees

Gianluca Vialli
1992: Sampdoria v Juventus for £12m

<p> <br><b>1992:</b> Torino to Milan for £13m </p>
Gianluigi Lentini


1992: Torino to Milan for £13m

<p> <br><b>1996:</b> PSV to Barcelona for £13.2m </p>
Ronaldo


1996: PSV to Barcelona for £13.2m

<p> <br><b>1996:</b> Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m </p>
Alan Shearer


1996: Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m

<p> <br><b>1997:</b> Barcelona to Inter for £19.5m </p>
Ronaldo


1997: Barcelona to Inter for £19.5m

<p><b>Denilson</b><br><b>1998:</b> Sao Paulo to Real Betis for £21.5m </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £20m player

Denilson
1998: Sao Paulo to Real Betis for £21.5m

<p><b>Christian Vieri</b><br><b>1999:</b> Lazio to Inter for £32.1m </p>
World record transfer fees world’s first £30m player

Christian Vieri
1999: Lazio to Inter for £32.1m

<p><b>2000</b>: Parma to Lazio for £35.5m </p>
Hernan Crespo

2000: Parma to Lazio for £35.5m

<p> <br><b>2000:</b> Barcelona to Real Madrid for £37m </p>
Luis Figo


2000: Barcelona to Real Madrid for £37m

<p> <br><b>2001:</b> Juventus to Real Madrid for £46.6m </p>
Zinedine Zidane


2001: Juventus to Real Madrid for £46.6m

<p><b>Kaka</b><br><b>2009:</b> Milan to Real Madrid for £56m </p>
World record transfer fees – world’s first £50m player

Kaka
2009: Milan to Real Madrid for £56m

<p><b>2009:</b> Manchester United to Real Madrid for £80m </p>
Cristiano Ronaldo

2009: Manchester United to Real Madrid for £80m

<p><br><b>2013:</b> Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m </p>
Gareth Bale


2013: Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m

<p><strong>Paul Pogba</strong><br><strong>2016:</strong> Juventus to Manchester United for £90m </p>
World record transfer fees

Paul Pogba
2016: Juventus to Manchester United for £90m

<p><strong>Kylian Mbappe</strong><br><strong> 2017:</strong> Monaco to PSG for £100m </p>
World’s most expensive transfers ever

Kylian Mbappe
2017: Monaco to PSG for £100m

<p><strong>Neymar</strong><br><strong> 2017:</strong> Barcelona to PSG for £198m </p>
World’s most expensive football transfers

Neymar
2017: Barcelona to PSG for £198m

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