Transfers in football are one of the craziest aspects of the modern global behemoth the sport has become. Before the days of the two transfer windows, transfers could be made any time during a season. With the advent of the transfer window, the rumor-mongering, speculation, and activity has been concentrated into 16 weeks of absolute madness.
From the days of Giuseppe Savoldi becoming the first player to cost more than a million pounds in 1975, we have now come to a time when transfer records are dangerously close to the 100 million pound mark, having crossed the USD 100 million barrier a long time ago! This incredible rise has occurred due to the constant inflation and the influx of TV money into domestic leagues in the late 20th century.
Transfers are also shrouded in the uncertainty regarding the amounts paid to external agencies, such as the player’s agents, third-party ownerships, etc. This makes calculating the exact cost of a player quite difficult.
According to a Forbes compilation, three transfers have exceeded the 100 million dollar mark when adjusted for inflation. Two of them were made in the same transfer window! Here are the costliest transfers in soccer history.
The transfers have been listed according to their non-inflation-adjusted value in Euro, with non-inflation-adjusted values in USD provided in brackets.
Most Expensive Transfers in Soccer History
From: Tottenham Hotspur
To: Real Madrid
Transfer Fee: Euro 100 million (USD 132 million) in 2013
The 2013 summer transfer window saw quite a few club records, 1 league record, and the world record smashed. The top trump among the already overflowing pack of aces was the Welsh wing wizard, Gareth Bale.
Almost unbelievably, Gareth Bale started his professional career as a defender, utilizing his pace at left back. When