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Neymar to PSG Shatters the Existing Transfer Record by More than Double

Neymar's transfer fee has eclipsed the existing transfer record of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United last year by more than double.

Daksh Puri | News18 Sports

Updated:August 4, 2017, 2:05 PM IST
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Neymar to PSG Shatters the Existing Transfer Record by More than Double
Neymar's transfer fee has eclipsed the existing transfer record of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United last year by more than double.
Neymar completed his record-shattering transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain on Thursday, signing a five-year deal with the French club after they triggered his 222 million euros ($263 million) release clause.

The 25-year-old Brazil forward, who will be presented to fans on Saturday, is committed to PSG until June 2022, the club said in a statement. Media reports have said he could earn around 550,000 euros per week.

Neymar's transfer fee has eclipsed the existing transfer record of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United last year by more than double. Let's now look at the list of most expensive football transfers ever, before this earth-shattering move by Neymar.

 
Paul Pogba: Juventus to Manchester United.
 
Fee: 104 million euros.
 
A jaw dropping transfer which left their rivals stunned, Manchester United put forth a bid of 104 million euros for the French midfielder to pry him from the Serie A side Juventus and join the Red Devils.
 
Gareth Bale: Tottenham Hotspur FC to Real Madrid
 
Fee: 100.8 million euros
 
The Welsh winger made his move to Los Blancos for a remarkable transfer fee of 100.8 million euros and became the most expensive player at that time in the world, shattering the transfer record of Cristiano Ronaldo.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to Real Madrid.
 
Fee: 94 million euros 
 
Four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and the diaphragm of Manchester United joined the La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2009 for a fee of 94 million euros which is worth every cent for the club. In just his seventh season after joining the club, Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
 
Gonzalo Higuain: Napoli to Juventus
 
Fee: 90 million euros
 
The Argentina forward left the Italian football club Napoli for another Serie A club for a transfer fee of 90 million euros making him the most expensive South American footballer of all time. Higuain has represented the country at two FIFA World Cups and three Copa America tournaments, helping them to second place finishes at the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Copa America and Copa America Contenario in 2016.
 
Neymar: Santos FC to FC Barcelona 
 
Fee: 86.2 million euros
 
Following a brief spell at Santos FC and astounding the fans with his skill set, the Brazilian moved to a more competitive platform and joined the Catalan giants FC Barcelona for a transfer fee of 86.2 million euros making him the most valuable winger.
 
Luis Suarez: Liverpool to FC Barcelona 
 
Fee: 81.7 million euros
 
The star and the goal scoring machine of Liverpool made a benchmark to be looked upon by the Spanish Club FC Barcelona who broke the bank to sign the star striker in 2014 for a bid of 81.7 million euros despite his baggage in 2014, where he bit Chiellini and missed a significant portion of his first season. But he formed a deadly trio along with Lionel Messi and Neymar.
 
James Rodriguez: AS Monaco to Real Madrid
 
Fee: 79.8 million euros

Colombia’s star player who stunned the fans with his phenomenal performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup moved from Monaco to join Real Madrid, where he built a competitive craft for himself and impressed during his first season. But found his chances limited with the arrival of Zinedine Zidane. James still has the potential to show his worth despite of his inconsistent role at the club and will be interesting to see how he turns out for Bayern. 
 
Kevin de Bruyne: VfL Wolfsburg to Manchester City
 
Fee: 75.7 million euros
 
After showing his magic in Germany, Belgium midfielder who was left out from the Chelsea squad, got a chance to show his skills after his move to Wolfsburg and then moved to Manchester City for 75.7 million euros where he helped the club during its poor season, impressing with his power and creativity from midfield.
 
Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid to Manchester United 
 
Fee: 75 million euros 
 
Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria for a fee of 75 million euros which was a record breaking fee for a British club in 2014. Manchester United fans hoped that the Argentina midfielder who played a vital role in Real Madrid as a perfect shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, would bring back the supremacy of the club. However, he failed to settle on British shores and left to ply his trade with PSG.
 
Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid 
 
Fee: 75 million euros 
 
French legend Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus in 2001 for a fee of 75 million euros. Zizou scored 49 goals and 79 assists in La Liga during his Real Madrid career and still contributes to the success of the club.
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