10) Virgil Van Dijk: Southampton to Liverpool
The Dutchman became the world’s most expensive defender in January after his impending move to Reds was finally confirmed after a year long saga. Signed for a mouth watering 78 million Euros, Saints made a profit of nearly 65 million on the Dutchman. Southampton signed the defender from Celtic for a mere 15 million and the Dutchman quickly settled to life in the Premier league. His strong presence makes him a huge asset and will surely prove to be a smart acquisition for Klopp’s side.
9) Aymeric Laporte- Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City
Aymeric Laporte put pen to paper this January completing a mega move to Manchester City for a massive 65 million Euros, completing a major profit for the Basque club. The Frenchman became City’s most expensive signing ever, which serves as a testament to his fine quality. A long tall left-footed defender, Laporte is tailor-made for Pep Guardiola’s brand of football. His debut had great signs of promise and if he continues his development, he will be a future City captain.
8) Zinedine Zidane- Juventus to Real Madrid
One of the greatest players of all time, ZinedineZidane was a part of the record transfer deal back in 2001. Signed by Florentino Perez for 77.5 million Euros at the time is just a proof of how good Zizou really was. The Frenchman has repaid every penny, scoring a wonderful goal in the Champions league final of ’02, while has also led the club to two consecutive Champions league title as manager. Juve too earned from the Zizou deal, making a profit of nearly 75 million, given that they had paid Bordeaux 4 million for his services.
7) Crisitano Ronaldo- Manchester United to Real Madrid
Ever since shining as a young teenager for Lisbon against United, Ronaldo has set the world alight with his phenomenal performances. Signed by Fergie on that very night post the friendly for 19 million, Ronaldo went on to have 6 amazing years at Old Trafford before sealing a world-record 94 million move to Real Madrid in ’09, serving United a profit of 75 million Euros. At Real, Ronaldo became a goal machine and has won three Champions league titles.
6) Gareth Bale- Tottenham to Real Madrid
The Welshman was explosive for Spurs in the 2012-13 season, single-handedly winning them games with goals from virtually anywhere. The winger was brought from Southampton for a mere 14.7 million that too as an attacking full back. However, Bale found his niche when deployed on the left-wing. At Real though, Bale has accustomed to playing on the right wing. He has had enormous success in Spain; however, his injuries have been a major cause for concern. Nevertheless, Spurs, having sold Bale for 101 million Euros, made a profit of 86 million Euros through Bale’s sale.
5) Neymar- Santos to Barca
Neymar’s transfer to Barca proved to be one of the most successful yet controversial moves by the Catalans. While a move abroad was just a matter of time, the intricacies made the deal a hard one. Barca paid a hefty 88 million for Neymar; however, Santos could only get a third of that fee, due to the complexity of third party ownerships. Overall though, Santos made a profit of nearly 90 million.
4) OusmaneDembele- Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona
One of the most exciting players on the planet, Dembele has had a roller coaster two years, which has seen him play in two different leagues and is now a part of one of the biggest clubs in the world. On the top of that, he is also World’s third most expensive player below only Coutinho and Neymar. Borussia Dortmund though in economic terms have been the biggest earners of the deals. Having paid 15 million for Dembele’s services a year ago, BVB sold Dembele for 105 million, making a profit of 90 million in just one season. So far Dembele has had his struggles; nevertheless, when he gets fit, he will surely evolve into one of the world’s very best.
3) Paul Pogba- Juventus to Manchester United
Let go off by United for free, Pogba’s departure is one of the rare misses by Sir Alex during his time at Old Trafford. However, Fergie maintains a strong position on the issue claiming Raiola was the reason Pogba decided to leave for Juve. Nevertheless, after impressing for the Old Lady, United came back calling and finally got their man last season re-signing him for 105 million Euros, with Juve marking a profit of 105 million in the process. Much has been made of Pogba’s price tag, but in reality, the Frenchman is now the heartbeat of United.
2) Philippe Coutinho- Liverpool to Barcelona
Sealing his move to Barcelona in January came as a shock to many. While a move looked inevitable ever since last season, there were few who expected the Brazilian to not stay put till the end of the season. After signing from Inter for 13 million euros, Coutinho enjoyed five fruitful years at Anfield before the allure of Barcelona became too tough to ignore. Barca paid a massive 120 million for his services, earmarking him as the potential long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, who is now in his twilight. Liverpool, though lost their best player, made a profit of 107 million Euros in the process.
1)Neymar-Barcelona to PSG
The historic transfer of Neymar to PSG has seemingly changed the tide in the football world. Transfer fees for one have highly inflated, more than predicted anyways. For the most part, the transfer rumour looked like just another with no one expecting PSG to actually pay 222 million Euros for one player. They finally got their man for a world record fee and have got a star in return. Neymar’s arrival makes PSG a strong contender for the Champions league title, though according to Leo Messi, Barcaare much stronger now. Off the pitch though, Barca were clear winner, making a profit of 133 million Euros through the Brazilian’s departure.