Football is a beautiful game watched by millions throughout the globe. But unfortunately, these days football is all about money. Managers and clubs splash loads of money to bring world-class players to their clubs to taste the glory. This summer’s transfer window was one of the most expensive and was also called “Home Coming” as many players returned to their old clubs. But who did the best? Which club managed to do the bargain of the season? We can help you by racking up the Top 10 Most Expensive Footballers Of Summer Transfer Window 2016!
10. Álvaro Morata – €30 Million
The 23 years old Álvaro Borja Morata Martín is a Spanish footballer currently playing for Real Madrid having a market value of €40 Million as of now. Morata signed for Juventus back in 2014 from Real Madrid with a buy-back option in the contract if Real Madrid wants to sign him back in future. The Spanish striker bagged 15 goals in 63 appearances over the past two seasons with the Italian side winning a domestic double. In summer 2016, Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause and signed the striker for €30 Million from Juventus.
9. Shkodran Mustafi – €41 Million
Shkodran Mustafi is a 24 years old German professional footballer currently playing for Premier League side Arsenal and Germany National team as a Central Defender having a market value of €20 Million. Mustafi began his youth carrier at Hamburger SV and English side Everton and left for Sampordia in 2012. The German professional then signed for Valencia in 2014. The German professional despite being a defender scored 6 goals in 61 appearances with Valencia. In summer 2016, English Club Arsenal signed him, for an undisclosed transfer fee believed to be around €41 Million.
8. Sadio Mané – €41.20 Million
Sadio Mane is a 24 years old Senegalese professional footballer playing for Liverpool and Senegal National team as a winger with a market value of €30 Million. Mane began his career in France and was transferred to Austrian League in 2012. Winning a domestic double in 2014, Mane signed for Southampton. In 2015, Mane set a new record in the Premier League by scoring a hat trick in 176 seconds during the 6-1 victory over the English side Aston Villa. During his time in Southampton, he scored 21 goals in 67 appearances and 2 goals in 3 appearances with the REDS. In 2016, Premier League club Liverpool signed the Senegalese winger on a transfer fee of €41.20 Million, making him the most expensive African footballer at that time.
7. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – €42 Million
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a 27 years old Armenian professional footballer currently playing in English Club Manchester United and captaining Armenian National team as a Midfielder having a market value of €37 Million. Mkhitaryan is Armenia’s all-time top scorer with 19 goals to his name since his debut. He started his professional career with Pyunik. His past clubs are Pyunik, Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. In 2013, he signed contract with the German side Borussia Dortmund where he scored 23 goals in 88 appearances over a period of three years. In summer 2016, Henrikh signed a 4- year deal with the Red Devils but is yet to register a goal to his name with Manchester United.
6. Granit Xhaka – €45 Million
The Swiss professional footballer, Granit Xhaka was born to Albanian parents in 1992, who currently plays as a Central midfielder with Arsenal and Switzerland National team with a market value of €35 Million. Making debut with his hometown club, Basel in 2010, he got transferred to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012 where here made 108 appearances with scoring just 6 goals in 4 years. In 2016, Xhaka signed a 5-years deal with Arsenal on a transfer fee of €45 Million. Xhaka made his first Arsenal appearance in a 2-1 win over MLS all stars and competitive debut in a defeat to Liverpool. Granit Xhaka has scored no goal with Arsenal.
5. Leroy Sané – €50 Granit Xhaka – €45 Million Million
Leroy Sane is a German professional footballer who started playing football at the young age of 5 years. He currently plays for Manchester City and Germany’s National football team as an attacking midfielder and winger. Sane has a market value of €30 Million. He started his career in 2001 with SG Wattenscheid 09. In 2005, he joined Schalke 04 and three years later he joined Bayer Leverkusen. In 2011 he joined his former club Schalke 04 making a senior level debut in 2014 with Schalke 04 where he scored 11 goals in 47 appearances. In 2016, Sane signed a 5-year contract with English club Manchester City on a transfer fee of €50 Million with a potential performance-related add-ons.
4. John Stones – €55.60 Million
John Stones is a 22 years old English defender who currently plays at Manchester City and English National team. Stones generally play as a Central Defender but can also play as a Right Back. Starting his career in 2011 with Barnsley, he was signed by Everton 2 years later in 2013 where he scored one goal in 77 appearances over a period of three years. He made his senior level appearance with England in 2014 and has made 11 appearances since then. In 2016, John Stones signed a six-year deal with Manchester City at a reported fee of €55.60 Million with potential add-ons making him the second most expensive defender after David Luiz.
3. Hulk – €55.80 Million
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa also known as Hulk, is a Brazilian international footballer who is currently playing with Chinese side Shanghai SIPG and Brazil National team as a Forward but can also play as Winger with a market value of €32 Million. Hulk made his professional career appearance in 2004 with Vitoria and International debut with Brazil in 2009. In 2012 Hulk signed for Russian Premier League side Zenit on a transfer fee of reported €60 Million from which €40 Million was of Porto. However, in simmer 2016, Hulk signed a four-year deal with Chinese Club Shanghai SIPG on a transfer fee of €55.8 Million which broke the Asian football record. Hulk scored 56 goals in 97 appearances with Zenit, 3 goals in 2 appearances Shanghai SIPG scoring a goal on his debut with them and 12 goals in 48 appearances with his Brazilian national team
2. Gonzalo Higuain – €90 Million
Gonzalo Higuain is a 28 years old Argentinian professional footballer who currently plays at Juventus and Argentinean National team as a striker with a market value of €60 Million. Higuain started his senior career with River Plate in 2005 and moved to Real Madrid in 2007. He made his International debut in 2009, where he helped his National team to finish second in three consecutive finals in FIFA World Cup 2014, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centinario 2016. In 2016, Higuain moved from Napoli to Juventus with a 5-year deal on a fee of €90 Million which made him one of the most expensive transfers and the most expensive transfer in Italian history. Higuain scored 107 goals in 190 appearances with Real Madrid, 71 goals in 104 appearances with Napoli, 3 goals with Juventus in 3 appearances since his debut and 30 goals in 63 appearances with Argentinean National team.
1. Paul Pogba – €105 Million
Pual Pogba is one of the most promising young player who is currently playing with elite English Club Manchester United and French National team. This phenomenal young midfielder received Golden Boy award in 2013 followed by Bravo award in 2014. He was also named in 2015 UEFA Team of the Year and 2015 FIFA FIFPro World IX. Paul Pogba is an attacking midfielder but can also plays as an attacker with a market value of €70 Million. Starting his career as early as in 1999 Roissy-en- Brie, he moved to Torcy, La Harve and then finally to Manchester United’s youth team in 2009. He made his senior club level appearance in 2011 with Manchester United where he made only 3 appearances scoring no goal. After a disappointing time at Manchester United he moved to Italian side Juventus where he enjoyed success and fame, winning four consecutive Serie A tiltes, two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana and scoring 28 goals in 124 appearances. In summer 2016, he was signed back by Manchester United on a World record breaking fee of €105 Million. He made 3 appearances since his debut on 19 th August with ManUTD, but is yet to prove his worth as the world’s most expensive player. Can he justify this hefty price tag? NO PRESSSURE KID!