Mercato: the 10 biggest transfers in La Liga
While the rumors of the mercato are in full swing, look back at the biggest transfers in the history of La Liga.
The summer transfer window is open and La Liga could see the most expensive transfers in its history this season.
La Liga’s 2022/23 season will kick off in August, and clubs have begun to prepare for the upcoming season.
As the brand new campaign approaches, clubs have started signing players. A chance to take a look at the top 10 most expensive transfers in La Liga history.
10. Luis Suarez (86 million euros)
Luis Suarez joined Barcelona from English club Liverpool in 2014. The Uruguayan striker has been a prolific striker in La Liga since his arrival.
Suarez went on to make over 300 appearances for Barcelona and scored over 200 goals. He left the Catalans after six years and joined rivals Atletico Madrid in 2022.
9. Neymar Jr. (€93 million)
Brazilian superstar Neymar joined FC Barcelona from FC Santos in 2013. Neymar rose to fame at FC Barcelona where he scored 105 goals in 186 appearances. After four years at Barcelona, Neymar left the club to join Paris Saint Germain.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (100 million euros)
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo was signed by Los Blancos for a record 100 million euros, making him the most expensive player at the time. CR7 has become a Real Madrid legend and has won numerous trophies with the club, including 4 Ballon d’Or awards.
He is Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer with 450 goals in 438 games. Ronaldo left Madrid to join Juventus in 2018.
7. Eden Hazard (100 million euros)
Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019 for a record transfer fee at the time. The Belgian has failed to impress so far as injuries have impacted his career.
6. Gareth Bale (105 million euros)
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from English club Tottenham in 2013. Bale was signed for a transfer fee of £91 million, making him the most expensive player at the time. Bale made 270 appearances for Real Madrid and scored 113 goals.
5. Aurélien Tchouaméni (116 million euros)
80 million euros plus 20 million in bonuses. This is the amount of the transfer of Aurelien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid according to several sources. 10 are easily activated. The other 10 would be more difficult to reach.
But in addition to these 100 M€, Real Madrid will also pay 16 M€ more. The Principality of Monaco is indeed considered by Spain as a tax haven and because of this, the Spanish tax authorities claim 19% on any capital gain made by AS Monaco in case of sale of a player in Spain.
4. Antoine Griezmann (125 million euros)
The signing of Antoine Griezmann is one of the most expensive transfers in La Liga history.
Antoine Griezmann joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a fee of 125 million euros. Griezmann did not shine and eventually returned to the Colchoneros.
3. Ousmane Dembele (130 million euros)
Dembele joined Barcelona from German club Borussia Dortmund in 2017. The young winger was signed for a huge huge transfer fee. Dembele suffered numerous injuries during his time at the Catalan club and is now at the end of his contract.
2. Joao Felix (132 million euros)
The signing of Joao Felixi is Atletico Madrid’s most expensive transfer in La Liga history.
Atletico Madrid has signed Joao Felix in 2019. The teenage superstar was signed for a record transfer fee of £113 million. Felix has made 80 appearances and scored 22 goals for Atletico Madrid so far.
1. Phillipe Coutinho (150 million euros)
Phillipe Coutinho is the most expensive transfer in La Liga history.
Coutinho is the most expensive transfer in the history of La Liga. The Brazilian midfielder joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 for a record fee.
Needless to say, Coutinho was ultimately unsuitable for the Catalan club as he was loaned out to Bayern Munich just after one season. He was then an outcast and failed to get any playing time at the club.