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  16/04/2011: Highest Transfer Fees
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In professional association football, a transfer is the action taken whenever a player under contract moves between professional clubs. It refers to the transferring of a player's registration from one professional association football club to another. In general, the players can only be transferred during a transfer window and according to the rules set by a governing body. Usually some sort of compensation is paid for the player's rights. When a player moves from one club to another, his old contract is terminated and he negotiates a new one with the club he is moving to.

Transfer fees are not always officially confirmed by the transacting clubs, and figures published by unofficial sources may or may not take into account various fees (e.g. to agents), performance related elements of the fee, and the notional value of any players included in part exchange. This leads to different figures being given by different sources. Performance related clauses have become more common in recent years, meaning that it is harder to produce definitive lists of the largest transfer fees than was the case in the past.

Players will commonly undergo a medical examination and/or physical fitness test before a transfer completes. Occasionally, previously unknown medical problems will be detected, potentially jeopardizing the transfer or the size of the fee.

The following table shows the top 15 highest transfer fees ever paid:

Rank

Player

From

To

TrTransfer Fee

(£ m)

Transfer Fee
(€ m
)

Year

1

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United

Real Madrid

£ 80

€ 93.5

2009

2

Ibrahimovic

Internazionale

Barcelona

£ 56.5

€ 66

2009

3

Kaká

AC Milan

Real Madrid

£ 55

€ 65

2009

4

Fernando Torres

Liverpool

Chelsea

£ 50

€ 58

2011

5

Zinedine Zidane

Juventus

Real Madrid

£ 45.7

€ 75

2001

6

Luís Figo

Barcelona

Real Madrid

£ 37

€ 58.5

2000

7

Hernán Crespo

Parma

SS Lazio

£ 35.5

€ 55

2000

8

Andy Carroll

Newcastle United

Liverpool

£ 35

€ 40

2011

9

David Villa

Valencia

Barcelona

£ 34.2

€ 40

2010

10

Gianluigi Buffon

Parma

Juventus

£ 32.6

€ 49.2

2001

11

Robinho

Real Madrid

Manchester City

£ 32.5

€ 42

2008

12

Christian Vieri

SS Lazio

Internazionale

£ 32

€ 48.3

1999

13

Andriy Shevchenko

AC Milan

Chelsea

£ 30.8

€ 46.4

2006

14

Dimitar Berbatov

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United

£ 30.75

€ 46.4

2008

15

Pavel Nedvěd

SS Lazio

Juventus

£ 30.7

€ 46.3

2001

The three most expensive transfers were all made by Spanish clubs in 2009, two by Real Madrid and one by Barcelona. In June 2009, Real Madrid purchased Kaká from AC Milan for a fee of £56 million, followed shortly thereafter by their £80 million purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

Some interesting facts, 3 out of the 15 biggest football transfer fees are related with SS Lazio, but that was during Sergio Cragnotti era.

(Ali Alkatiri)

 
 
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