Romelu Lukaku goes ahead of Neymar as the costliest player of all time

Romelu Lukaku has become the costliest player of all time following his return to Chelsea, with his combined fees adding up to £285.5m but who else makes the top ten?

Romelu Lukaku has become the costliest soccer player of all time after completing his move back to Chelsea.

The Blues have paid Inter Milan £97.5million for the privilege of bringing one of Roman Abramovich's favourite players back to Stamford Bridge.

Planet Sport has trawled back through the record books to calculate the ten most expensive players in the history of the game, based on permanent transfer fees.

And what is immediately apparent is the lack of British players. Indeed, the most expensive is the recent breaker of the British record, Jack Grealish. No other Brit has transfers fees tallying up to £100million, with Gareth Bale coming in just shy of the mark as a result of his transfers between Real MadridTottenham and Southampton.

10. Ousmane Dembele - combined fees of £137m

Ousmane Dembele Barcelona unveiling Aug 2017

A true starlet at Rennes, Borussia Dortmund snapped him up for a bargain £15million. They made more than £100million on him when, in 2017, Barcelona snapped him up using their Neymar money.

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £152m

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Barcelona unveiling July 2009

Zlatan began his career at Malmo, before he was snapped up by Ajax for £7.5million.

His spell in the Netherlands then saw him earn a move to Juventus who paid nearly double for him at £13.5million.

Inter Milan then paid £21million for him in 2006 to take him to the San Siro.

The big money came from Barcelona three years later as they put up £60million to take him to Catalunya.

AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain then both paid £25million for the privilege, taking his career total beyond £150million.

8. Philippe Coutinho - £153.5m

Coutinho was snapped up as a 16-year-old by Inter Milan for £3million but he was moved onto Liverpool in 2013 for just £8.5milion. That proved a great piece of business as they sold him to Barcelona five years later for £142million, giving them a huge £133.5million profit.

7. Alvara Morata - £154m

Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid unveiling Jan 2019

Morata has completed four major transfers between some of Europe's biggest clubs. The striker came through the Real Madrid academy and was sold to Juventus for £16million in 2014, but the Spanish side exercised their buy-back clause two years later for £20million. He then had an ill-fated stint at Chelsea which cost them £60million before completing a £58million move back to Spain with Atletico Madrid in 2020.

The 27-year-old has now rejoined Juventus on a season-long loan deal, which has been extended with an option so he is likely to move up the list further.

6. Antoine Griezmann - £156m

After coming through the ranks at Real Sociedad, Griezmann made a £49million move to Atletico Madrid in 2014. Barcelona activated the France international's £107million buyout clause in 2019.

5. Eden Hazard - £162m

Hazard first caught the world's attention thanks to his performances at Lille, and Chelsea won the race for his signature in 2012, paying around £32million. The Belgium international then spent a successful seven years at Stamford Bridge before joining Real Madrid for a fee that could reach £130million.

4. Kylian Mbappe - £165.7m

Kylian Mbappe PSG unveiling Sept 2017

Despite only making one transfer in his career, Mbappe still makes it into the top five as PSG paid Monaco £165.7million for his signature.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo - £191m

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid unveiling July 2009

Signed for just £12.25million from Sporting Lisbon by Manchester UnitedRonaldo developed into one of the best players in the world at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid then brought the winger to Spain for £80million in 2009, and he proved to be excellent value for money, scoring 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions.

Having won two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Los Blancos, the Portuguese completed a £99.25 million move to Juventus in 2018.

2. Neymar - £271.5m

Only two transfers for Neymar. Barcelona paid Santos £71.5million before one of the most controversial deals in history - and still the most expensive - as PSG paid his release clause of £200million to take him to the French capital.

1. Romelu Lukaku - £285.5m

The journey started for Lukaku at Anderlecht when Chelsea paid £10million to land him. Loan spells followed before a £28million move to Everton.

A £90million deal including add-ons took him to Manchester United and Inter snapped him up for £60million in 2019.

He took Inter to the Serie A title, but he has now sealed a move back to Chelsea for £97.5million - making him the most costliest player ever!

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