Gabriel Barbosa: The Contenders to Sign Gabigol & Where He Might End Up

The Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa banished any lingering memories of an unsuccessful time in Europe when he netted twice in the dying minutes of the Copa Libertadores final to win Flamengo their second ever continental title two months ago. 

Since then, the 23-year-old has returned from his loan spell in Brazil to his parent club, Inter and while the Nerazzurri don’t look keen to make use of his talents, the rest of Europe is fighting it out for his signature. 

After a wonderful season which saw him score 34 goals in all competitions, living up to his nickname ‘Gabigol’, a host of English clubs are lining up to sign the Brazilian, so let’s dive in and assess some of his options for a January switch.


Jorge Jesus,Gabriel Barbosa

Fellow Brazilian striker Joelinton scored his second ever goal for ?Newcastle in a third-round FA Cup replay with Rochdale last week, so it’s fair to say that there is a need for firepower on Tyneside. 

What most certainly is up for debate (a short debate) is whether Gabriel Barbosa will be convinced by Steve Bruce to join the project he and Mike Ashley are developing in the north east. 

He won’t.

While Newcastle may be in the market for a striker, it’s highly unlikely one of Barbosa’s profile is going to be lured to St. James’ Park, coupled with the fact that Mike Ashley would sooner sell regular-sized mugs at Sports Direct before he would even entertained the idea of paying a fraction of the wages the Brazilian would demand.   

Likelihood Rating: 1/10

West Ham?

Gabriel Barbosa

West Ham love a striker. Simple as that. Much has been made about the ?horrendous output delivered by the forwards brought in under David Gold and David Sullivan, but that hasn’t stopped them being linked with the Brazilian.

Unfortunately for the Hammers, Barbosa has ?made it clear that he only wants to join a ‘big name’. While some East Londoners will argue that West Ham is a storied club with an illustrious history (and probably mention something about 1966) it doesn’t look likely that the Brazilian will be calling that particular area of the capital home any time soon.

Likelihood Rating: 2/10



This link does have some legs to it. ?Tottenham are in the market for a striker due to the severity of Harry Kane’s injury and there is the appeal of Champions League football, a competition Barbosa only has two appearances in, both of which came during his loan spell with Benfica.

When Kane does inevitably return ahead of schedule, there is the possibility of the two forming an impressive partnership, with the England captain dropping deeper more and more in recent seasons. 

However, with the likes of ?Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli all fighting for places in that front line, the 23-year-old Barbosa is hardly going to be a guaranteed starter. And with his pick of clubs, it seems unlikely he’d plump for one where game-time was not assured. 

Likelihood Rating: 5/10


Charly Musonda

With ?Chelsea’s transfer ban lifted, they are now able to dip into the market and once again splash the cash. ?

Frank Lampard ?revealed back in December that Chelsea would be looking for an Eden Hazard replacement this window, and while Barbosa differs from the Belgian in a number of ways, his arrival would certainly bolster an attack their manager has judged to need strengthening.

With several clubs after the signature of Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, it’s understood that the Frenchman’s departure will only be granted if a replacement is found, and Gabriel may be a smart acquisition to take the role of the man ten years his senior. 

However, the doubts surrounding his playing time rear their head once more as Tammy Abraham has had a career-best top flight season so far, currently sitting sixth in the Premier League’s top scorer charts, ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling, ?Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. 

Likelihood Rating: 6/10

Manchester United

Gabriel Barbosa

Almost every player to have ever had a two-minute YouTube clip of their ‘skills’ set to Evanescence had certainly been linked to ?Manchester United. But given the severity of Marcus Rashford’s injury, it seems that the link with Barbosa may have some substance to it. 

With the England forward out for two to three months recovering from a stress fracture to his back, United are in desperate need of fire power. Reports suggest a permanent deal is unlikely, but Inter are willing to accept a loan offer if an obligation to buy is included. 

Even when Rashford does return, it seems that his best position is coming off the left so Gabriel can still operate through the middle. Also, the Brazilian has shown an ability to fill a role on the right flank which means a front-three of Rashford, Anthony Martial and Barbosa is a decent possibility, much like this transfer.

Likelihood Rating: 7/10


90min can ?exclusively reveal that Brazilian giants Flamengo are working hard to finalise a deal for the forward who enjoyed such a fruitful loan spell with the club last year.

With Inter happy to sell the front man for €25m, Flamengo are aiming to secure a permanent move for Barbosa before any of the Premier League sides detailed above snatch him up. 

This is undoubtedly the most likely move for Gabriel as he enjoyed the best season of his career with Flamengo last year and at only 23 years of age, a future move to Europe is by no means out of the question. 

?Flamengo will also be desperate to secure the signature of the man who brought them both domestic and continental glory less than two months ago.

Likelihood Rating: 9/10


Flamengo Pushing for Gabriel Barbosa Deal Amid Man Utd, Chelsea & Tottenham Interest

Exclusive – ?Brazilian giants Flamengo are working hard to finalise a deal for Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa as they fear late bids from English trio Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could impact their chances of signing him.

The 23-year-old, known as Gabigol, has just come off a wonderful season with Flamengo in which he managed 34 goals in all competitions. He returned to Inter in January after his loan contract expired but is expected to move on in the near future.

Gabriel Barbosa

With ?Inter happy to sell, a source has told 90min that Flamengo are working tirelessly to strike a deal for Barbosa. Inter want €25m to part ways with the Brazilian, just four years after paying nearly €30m to sign him.

Barbosa has already shunned interest from the ?Premier League this winter. Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and West Ham United have all spoken with the player’s representatives, but were all told that the forward only wants to join a ‘big name’.

That has given encouragement to ?Chelsea, ?United and ?Spurs, all of whom are interested in bringing the 23-year-old to England in the coming days.

Gabriel Barbosa

Chelsea are happy to strike a permanent ?transfer this month, whereas Spurs and United would prefer to push for a loan. Inter would be happy to agree to such a move, but only if there was a mandatory obligation to buy at the end of the season.

The three clubs have been searching around the world to try and find some attacking reinforcements, and with the clock ticking, all three are discussing the possibility of bringing in Barbosa.

As a result, Flamengo are doing all they can to fight their way to the front of the queue, and they hope to use last season’s success to encourage Barbosa to remain in Brazil.

Gabriel Barbosa

Since joining Inter, Barbosa has managed just ten appearances, scoring once, and he has spent the majority of his time out on loan.

A frustrating spell with Benfica forced Barbosa to return to Brazil on loan, and he certainly rediscovered his best form with Flamengo as he fired the side to Copa Libertadores glory.

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Manchester United Consider Move for Inter Midfielder Matías Vecino

?Manchester United are understood to be contemplating a move for Inter midfielder Matías Vecino, with any move for Bruno Fernandes proving difficult to complete.

United and Sporting CP are locked in negotiations over Fernandes but are yet to actually strike a deal. With just over a week remaining in the transfer window, the Red Devils appear to be considering alternatives.

FC Internazionale v Genoa CFC - Serie A

According to Sky Sport Italia (via ?Football Italia), that has taken them to Vecino. The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this winter, especially because of ?Christian Eriksen’s imminent arrival.

Once the Danish international does join, it is expected that ?Inter will allow Vecino to leave. He had been linked with moving to ?Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for Eriksen, but it appears as though Spurs had no interest in such a deal.

Vecino has made 17 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side this season, offering two goals and an assist from midfield. 

Matias Vecino

?United are on the lookout for reinforcements in the position following injuries to both Scott McTominay and ?Paul Pogba, so a move for Vecino would certainly make sense from that perspective.

However, one report which seems less convincing comes from Sport Mediaset (via ?SempreInter), who claim that United could send ?Nemanja Mati? to Inter in exchange for Vecino.

While Mati? almost certainly has no future at Old Trafford beyond the expiry of his current contract in the summer, it would come as a huge surprise to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer part ways with the Serbian right now, given his lack of midfield options is the entire reason he is looking for a new signing.

Romain Saiss,Nemanja Matic

Conte is thought to be a big fan of Mati?, having worked with him during his time with ?Chelsea. The chance to join Inter would likely be appealing to the midfielder, given he will probably be looking for a new club next summer anyway.

However, United will surely not weaken their midfield by allowing him to walk just yet. Vecino may well come, but probably not in place of Mati?.

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Edinson Cavani: The Contenders to Sign the PSG Striker & Where He Might End Up

We’ve got a good old-fashioned January standoff on our hands, as Edinson Cavani handed in a transfer request at Paris Saint-Germain. 

There was expected to be a fair amount of interest in the veteran hitman’s signature this month regardless, but the ?concrete news that he wants out after a tough season in Paris has sent the football media spiralling. 

A host of clubs in England, as well as a smattering on the continent and beyond, are now said to be falling over themselves to get to the front of the queue, so let’s dive in and assess some of his options for a January switch. 


Arsenal vs Paris Saint-Germain

?Reported vaguely in Spain to have tabled an offer for the Uruguayan, ?Arsenal’s name has been in the frame but, in truth, it just doesn’t make a huge lot of sense. 

You can envision the Gunners being in the market for a new striker in the long run, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette having been linked with moves away, but it doesn’t seem hugely likely either will require replacing this month – especially with Mikel Arteta looking to stabilise things in the early days of his tenure, rather than shake it up.

Aubameyang’s ongoing suspension has stretched their attacking options, true, but the signing of Cavani on an eye-watering wage would demonstrate some spectacularly small-minded thinking, considering Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah both offer exciting young options upfront. 

Likelihood Rating: 3/10


This one does have one or two things going for it. Unlike their North London rivals, ?Tottenham are in the market for a striker in the short-term, with Harry Kane out until April with injury, and there is the appeal of Champions League football on offer. 

However, that’s about it. 

On the other hand, there are more than a few red flags. Cavani, for one thing, won’t want to be playing second fiddle to Kane once he returns, and the financial element once again comes into play. Spurs would have to sign off on an exorbitant wage packet to bring him in now, and that’s just not very Spursy. 

It seems like a Jose Mourinho signing, granted, but it’s just difficult to imagine either Daniel Levy or Cavani himself going for this one. 

Likelihood Rating: 4/10

Inter (Milan edition)

Edinson Cavani,Lorenzo Pirola

?Inter are doing some very Inter business this month. An Ashley Young here, a Victor Moses there, it’s looking like they on are going for the tried and tested Italian football tactic of ‘signing every available ageing pro on the market in the hopes of short-term success’.

To be fair, it’s worked for them so far, so why stop there? From a PSG perspective, they obviously have some sort of working relationship with the Italians, so the French side allowing Cavani to join them now might aid their chances of landing Mauro Icardi permanently in the summer. 

Would Cavani, though, be prepared to wait for his chances behind an established duo in Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez? There’s every chance he’d end up starting most of his games in the Europa League – not exactly a huge appeal there. 

Likelihood Rating: 5/10

Inter (Miami edition)

Meanwhile in MLS, David Beckham’s Inter Miami are still on the lookout for a salary cap-breaking signing or two to boost the brand ahead of their first competitive match next month, and Cavani has been chief among the names linked.

The likelihood of this one might just depend on what Cavani feels he has left to offer. The fact he has handed in a transfer request indicates he is keen to push himself for another few seasons, but if he fancies a change of scenery and the chance to rattle in 65 goals per season like Zlatan, then a move stateside may beckon.

Inter Miami are keen on promoting South American talent and there would be few better ambassadors for that than Cavani, while PSG may be more likely to accept an approach from a non-competitor. Plenty going for this one, but no shortage of doubts either. 

Likelihood Rating: 6/10


The Blues have money to spend and catch-up to play in the January window, and need a viable, experienced alternative to Tammy Abraham. Is the writing on the wall here? Not quite, but it does make a fair amount of sense. 

From Cavani’s perspective, this one’s fairly straightforward. With only one established striker available to Frank Lampard at present, he would know he has a decent chance of carving out some first-team football for himself, and if he hits the heights he can, then he could really take the fight to Abraham to become the club’s first choice. 

For ?Chelsea, it’s some much-needed experience to inject into what is a very young squad, and a proven goalscorer to bring into games when Abraham’s form invariably dips. It’s someone for Abraham to learn the trade from, and perhaps only Chelsea’s lack of recent reported interest stops this from ranking higher. 

Likelihood Rating: 7/10

Atlético Madrid?

PSG rejected an offer from the Spanish side for his services earlier in the window, but the word on the continent is that Cavani wants the move to happen, and is keen to work with Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.

That being the case, it looks unlikely that they won’t try their hand another once or twice at bringing him in. The club clearly want him, and the player clearly wants the move, so while PSG are holding out for all they can get, they seem unlikely to stand in the way of it for too much longer. 

The transfer request might just spring Atléti into action – we’ll see how this one goes. 

Likelihood Rating: 7/10

Manchester United

Edinson Cavani

This one just seems right, doesn’t it? 

United were already in need of another attacking option before Marcus Rashford’s injury; now they most certainly are. 

United have plenty of youth and exuberance in the final third, with Anthony Martial, at 24, their most experienced forward. Cavani, then, as a proven option to come in for 18 months or so and offer some world-class quality, while not expecting to start every game, fits like a glove. 

It would give the wealth of young attackers someone to look up to, gives the likes of Mason Greenwood something to aim at, and adds some leadership to a squad that, by the gods, is in desperate need of it. This is perhaps the most sensible of sensible signings, so United should avoid letting another one slip through the cracks and get this one done early. 

Likelihood Rating: 8/10

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30 Most Expensive Footballers of All Time – Adjusted for Inflation

?Transfer fees have skyrocketed over the years, with more and more clubs appearing to turn a blind eye to the cost of a player – so as long as they get their man.

Yet who really are the most expensive players of all time? Well, now you can find out.

Here’s the top 30 – via ?Totally Money – taking into account the rise of inflation when calculating the final prices. So, here we go. There might just be a few that take you by surprise.

30. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United

Paul Pogba

Transfer Fee in 2016: £94,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £129,762,764

Paul Pogba is a player who continues to divide opinion. 

Having thrived in Italy at Juventus, Pogba returned to Manchester in 2016. And despite winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season back, he has struggled for consistency.

29. Hernan Crespo – Parma to Lazio

Hernan Crespo

Transfer Fee in 2000: £51,130,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £130,454,475

Following a successful spell at Parma, Lazio came calling in 2000 to bring the Argentine forward to Rome. Crespo did not disappoint, scoring 39 goals in 54 games before earning himself another big-money move to Inter in 2002.

28. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho

?Transfer Fee in 2018: £130,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £131,953,667

Many wondered if Liverpool were making a mistake when they allowed Coutinho to leave in January 2018. Yet they have since won the Champions League without him and remain on course to end their 30 year wait for a league title. Coutinho struggled at Barcelona before being loaned out to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.

27. Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona

Luis Suarez

?Transfer Fee in 2014: £73,550,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £132,295,483

Another transfer between Liverpool and Barcelona, although this one has worked out far better for the Catalan side. Suarez has been first choice striker in the team, winning the Champions League in his debut season.

26. Michael Essien – Lyon to Chelsea

Michael Essien

Transfer Fee in 2005: £34,200,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £132,614,261

Michael Essien arrived after Chelsea won their first title under Jose Mourinho and instantly fitted in. The Ghanaian midfielder remained on the Blues’ books until 2014, becoming a fan favourite along the way.

?25. Dennis Bergkamp – Ajax to Inter

Serie A - Dennis Bergkamp of Internazionale

Transfer Fee in 1993: £8,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £136,146,017

One of the finest players to grace the Premier League, but it was actually before he even arrived at Arsenal that Bergkamp attracted another major club. Impressing in his homeland, Inter came calling. Bergkamp would only score 11 goals in 52 appearances for the Italian side, but he showed his true ?class when he came to north London.

24. Andriy Shevchenko – AC Milan to Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko

Transfer Fee in 2006: £39,490,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £136,561,389

Shevchenko was an exceptional forward for AC Milan, helping them to the Champions League in 2003. Sometimes it just doesn’t work for a player at a particular club though. He scored just nine times for Chelsea in two seasons before returning to Milan on loan.

23. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG

Kylian Mbappe

Transfer Fee in 2018: £121,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £137,751,205

Many expect Mbappe to be a future Ballon d’Or winner, so it was no surprise when PSG splashed the cash on him back in 2018. Already a World Cup winner, it seems that the sky’s the limit for the French forward.

22. Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid

Luis Figo,Ivan Helguera,Hierro

Transfer Fee in 2000: £54,000,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £137,777,072

One of the most controversial transfers in recent times. Figo infamously had a pig’s head thrown at him by a Barcelona fan, such was the disgust at his perceived treachery. The winger did go on to win the 2001 World Player of the Year though, answering a few of his critics.?

21. Alan Shearer – Blackburn to Newcastle

Alan Shearer

Transfer Fee in 1996: £18,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £138,026,584

After leading Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1995, Shearer got his dream move to his hometown club a year later. He would go on to become Newcastle’s greatest ever goalscorer, firmly establishing himself as a Geordie legend.

20. Kaka – AC Milan to Real Madrid


Transfer Fee in 2009: £60,300,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £139,108,075

Kaka was a joy to watch in Italy as part of a Milan side that shone both domestically and in Europe. He could not quite replicate the same form when he moved to Madrid, but he remains one of the best Brazilian players to have graced European football in recent years.

19. Predrag Mijatovic – Partizan to Valencia


Transfer Fee in 1993: £9,000,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £139,240,244

While perhaps not a name football fans are overly familiar with, Mijatovic certainly made his mark in Spain. It was his move to Valencia which attracted such a lofty transfer fee, but he would also go on to play for Real Madrid, where he was runner-up in the Ballon d’Or in 1997 before winning the Champions League the following year.

18. David Beckham – Manchester United to Real Madrid

David Beckham

Transfer Fee in 2003: £33,750,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £141,775,416

He had to feature on the list somewhere. After a hugely successful spell at Manchester United, Beckham arrived in the Spanish capital, where he remained until 2007 before becoming the first high-profile player to move to America to play for LA Galaxy.

17. Christian Vieri – Lazio to Inter

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Transfer Fee in 1999: £41,830,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,135,998

Vieri made the switch from Lazio to Inter in 1999 and was an instant hit. He went on to establish himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, scoring 103 goals in 143 games for the club.

16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter to Barcelona

Barcelona's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrah

Transfer Fee in 2009: £62,550,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,298,675

Zlatan has been at so many clubs, with clubs having to pay big fees to acquire his services each time. His move to Barcelona attracted the biggest sum, though. The Swedish striker struggled to settle at Barcelona, and after a falling out with Pep Guardiola he returned to Italy in 2010.

15. Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea


Transfer Fee in 2011: £52,650,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,987,097

A transfer that Chelsea fans probably won’t want to be reminded of. Bringing Torres to London seemed like a fine piece of business at the time, but he was unable to repeat the stunning displays that he had consistently produced at Liverpool.

14. Ronaldo – Barcelona to Inter

Inter Milan 's striker Ronaldo of Brazil

Transfer Fee in 1997: £25,200,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £145,226,390

The original Ronaldo. Undoubtedly the best striker of his generation on his day, Ronaldo’s career was overshadowed by some terrible luck with injuries. However, he still won two World Cups and shone for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, ensuring that his legendary status is secured.

13. Neymar – Santos to Barcelona


Transfer Fee in 2013: £79,380,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £145,490,765

Another Brazilian superstar makes the list. Neymar was regularly in the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but he was still able to show his truly exceptional talent on occasions. The winger inspired arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history as Barcelona overturned a four goal first leg deficit to knock out PSG in 2017.

12. Darko Pancev – Red Star to Inter

Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

One of those moves that just didn’t work out. Pancev had won the European Golden Boot in 1991, ?so Inter thought they were getting a prolific striker. Three goals in 19 appearances for the club told a different story.

11. Igor Shalimov – Foggia to Inter

Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

Shalimov earned a move to Inter in 1992 after impressing at little-known Foggia, and he would go on to play for Udinese, Bologna and Napoli during his time in Italy.

10. Jean-Pierre Papin – Marseille to AC Milan


Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

At the same time Shalimov moved to Inter, there was a big-money move happening across at AC Milan as well. Papin had earned himself a reputation as a lethal finisher in France and got his move to Milan, where he would stay for two years before leaving for German giants Bayern Munich.

9. Alen Boksic – Marseille to Lazio

Alen Boksic

Transfer Fee in 1993: £9,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £153,164,269

Premier League fans may remember Boksic from his time at Middlesbrough, where he ended his professional career. However, he built much of his reputation in Italy, playing for Lazio and Juventus, as he established himself as one of Croatia’s best ever players.

8. Ronaldo – Inter to Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Brazilian Ronaldo (R) cele

Transfer Fee in 2002: £40,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £155,210,616

It’s that man again. To be fair, he was the most sought after player in the world at the time having just finished as the top scorer at the recent World Cup. He would go on to score 83 goals in 127 games in the Spanish capital, showing that he remained an outstanding footballer.

7. Zinedine Zidane – Juventus to Real Madrid


Transfer Fee in 2001: £69,750,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £157,531,382

Real Madrid certainly didn’t mind getting their cheque book out in the early 2000s. Zidane was at the peak of his powers and earned every penny of his transfer fee when he scored one of the greatest goals ever seen in a Champions League final the following year against Bayer Leverkusen.?

6. Rio Ferdinand – Leeds to Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand

Transfer Fee in 2002: £41,400,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £158,659,741

Ferdinand became the most expensive defender in history when he moved to Manchester United in 2002. He would stay at the club for over a decade and formed half of one of the most dominant centre back partnerships alongside Nemanja Vidic. 

5. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid


Transfer Fee in 2013: £90,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £166,605,071

Bale has had a turbulent time at Madrid, often struggling to win the fans over. A succession of fitness issues have not helped his cause, but he has still won four Champions Leagues during his time there and scored a stunning overhead kick to guide the team to victory over Liverpool in the 2018 final.

?4. Romario – PSV to Barcelona


Transfer Fee in 1993: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £167,088,293

Another Brazilian great. Romario joined Barcelona in 1993, scored a remarkable 30 goals in his first season and then won the World Cup with Brazil that summer. Not a bad year at all.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer Fee in 2009: £84,600,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £195,166,553

The Portuguese icon has to settle for third place on this particular list. The forward was mobbed by Madrid fans when he arrived in 2009, and they were right to be excited. 292 goals in 311 games for the club confirmed he was worth every penny, as Ronaldo cemented his place as one of the finest goalscorers in history.

2. Neymar – Barcelona to PSG

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior

Transfer Fee in 2017: £199,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £202,025,615

Neymar features on the list for the second time, but just misses out on top spot. Seemingly wanting to prove that he could shine in a team that did not include Lionel Messi, Neymar switched Barcelona for Paris. Injuries have hampered his time at the club, and rumours persist that he could return to Barcelona at some point.

1. Gianluca Vialli – Sampdoria to Juventus

A portrait of Gianluca Vialli of Italy

Transfer Fee in 1992: £14,850,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £209,011,684

Not the name that many would have predicted to top this list. Younger readers may only remember Vialli for his time at Chelsea, but the Italian forward was most prolific in his homeland. Having won three Italian Cups and Serie A with Sampdoria, he was rewarded with a move to Juventus where he went on to win a league title and the Champions League.