Football is all about the money. The ones with the deepest pockets get to buy the best talent. Here are some of the most expensive transfers ever in the history of football. And they add up to close to a billion dollars. Check it out:
1. Neymar to Barcelona: £48m ($80.79 million)
Neymar was offered to play at Real Madrid or Barcelona. But Barca has always been Neymar's choice, so he completed the switch there in 2013.
2. Fernando Torres to Chelsea: £50m ($84.16 million)
Fernando Torres seemed like a good buy for Chelsea. In Liverpool, he scored 81 goals. Except when he arrived at Chelsea, he wasn't able to shine that much. An expensive mistake?
3. David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain £50m ($84.16 million)
David Luiz has been one of the best defensive players and PSG were so impressed they paid a lot of money for his transfer. But after his World Cup performance, will he be able to keep up what's expected of him?
4. Radamel Falcao to Monaco: £51m ($85.84 million)
The former Atletico Madrid striker's transfer to Monaco was expensive and riddled with bad luck. From fitness issues to injuries, he was sidelined for the rest of the season. Hopefully, he'll be able to make his money's worth starting next season in August.
5. Edinson Cavani to PSG: £55m ($92.57 million)
Cavani isn't Ronaldo or Messi but he is pretty damn good still. He scored 104 goals for Napoli over 3 seasons and PSG decided that was good enough reason to buy him. He did not disappoint the club too. He has since scored 25 times. Rumor has it that Barcelona could be eyeing him.
6. Kaka to Real Madrid: £56m ($94.26 million)
Kaka may be one of the worst buys Real Madrid has ever made. He became isolated while playing under former boss Jose Mourinho and he returned to AC Milan on a free transfer.
7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona: £59m ($99.31 million)
Zlatan is a one heck of a striker, and his move to Barcelona was a huge one. He's an incredible finisher and gets the job done. Where will he be moving next, we wonder.
8. James Rodríguez to Real Madrid: £63m ($106.04 million)
Rodriguez won the Golden Boot honor from the recent World Cup and was possibly the best player too. He's now going to be playing for Real Madrid and is one of the most expensive buys in the history of football.
9. Luis Suarez to Barcelona: £75m ($126,24 million)
As to why Luis Suarez keeps getting opportunities in football, is a question no one can answer. He was banned for four months for biting a player at the World Cup stage. Clearly, he doesn't have much sportsmanship. Still, Barcelona is okay with buying him from Liverpool.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid: £80m ($134.65 million)
The best player in the world only seemed to shine in Real Madrid. But at the very least, this is money well spent for Real. He has won the La Liga, and twice at the Copa del Rey and even the Champions League last May. Would have been nice to see him do some magic during the World Cup though.
11. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid: £86m ($144.75 million)
Gareth Bale from Wales was a flop at Tottenham in 2009. Then at Real Madrid, he struggled to become relevant and a game-changer for the club. Thankfully, that worked out. He's found the back of the net 22 times in his debut season with the club.
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