The World’s most Expensive Players in Cumulative Transfer Fees
September 08, 2015
The progression of global transfer fees in the sport of football has continued at an exponential rate during the last 20 years, rising from £13 million in 1992 (when Gianluigi Lentini moved from Torino to AC Milan) to the £85.3 million paid by Real Madrid to secure the services of Gareth Bale in 2013. Some of these record transfers have included the same player, meaning that there are several footballers who have generated huge cumulative fees during their careers.
Many players have collected huge cumulative fees over their careers, and for very good reasons too. But which players have seen the most money spent on them down the years?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, £150 Million
Nicolas Anelka, £115 Million
Nicolas Anelka has played for a staggering nine clubs during his career, starting as a youth player for PSG before joining Arsenal in 1997. He then earned a move to Real Madrid, and has since represented Manchester City, Fenerbache, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. These transfers have added up to an impressive £115 million, although he is unlikely to add to this number any time soon.
Hernan Crespo, £105 Million
Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo was one of the best strikers of the late 1990’s and noughties, plying his trade successfully in Italy and England during his peak. He was also the world’s most expensive player for a short time too, having moved from Parma to Lazio for £35.5 million in the summer of 2000. His move to Chelsea also coincided with the club’s takeover by Roman Abramovich, so the Blues were more than happy to spend a considerable amount on his purchase. He fetched £105 million during his career, enjoying some stellar performances and impressive goal scoring feats to justify this investment.