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Where does the crazy $128 million Suarez transfer fee rank all-time?

Jul 11, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

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Seventy-five million pounds is a lot of dough for any soccer player, but it’s not the most money spent to bring a player to a new club.

So where does the Luis Suarez to Barcelona transfer fee fit in on the list of most expensive transfers ever?

First, some perspective: Barca’s Suarez buy roughly equates to the combined fees of Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Claudio Bravo, or the combined fees of Mario Mandzukic, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

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Let me be among the first to say, for a 27-year-old, this won’t be worth it (or in the words of the picture above, “What has two thumbs and is a big rip-off?)

$128 million. Wow.

Top Ten transfer fees, all-time (in British pounds)

1. Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, £86m

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80m

3. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona, £75m

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan to Barcelona, £59m

5. Kaka, AC Milan to Real Madrid, £56m

6. Edinson Cavani, Napoli to PSG, £55m

7. Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid to Monaco, £51m

8. Fernando Torres, Liverpool to Chelsea, £50m

9. Neymar, Santos to Barcelona, £48m

10. Zinedine Zidane, Juventus to Real Madrid, £46m

  1. dfstell - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    It’s amazing. And for a guy who misses time for suspensions often enough that he might as well be “injury prone”.

  2. chunkala - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    You called it, this is essentially Barcelona feeling embarrassed over being 3rd fiddle last year and overpaying

  3. misterdreamer119 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Chelsea payed 50 million pounds for Torres. ?? Hes not worth 50 bucks.

    • reformed2012 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      The tournament-saving goal he scored in Camp Nou during the 2012 UCL semifinal was already worth it. Everything else is extra profit.

  4. granadafan - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Forgive the highly ignorant question, but how does the transfer fee work? Does Barcelona pay $128 million to Liverpool for Suarez? How much does he get?

    • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      teams own the players rights essentially… player gets a separate salary

      unlike American sports that can facilitate a draft system, its literally impossible with soccer as there are so many players and so many different leagues.

      Liverpool is laughing all the way to the bank on this fee.

      • granadafan - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Thanks for the clarification lordfletcher and wittenisgod. That’s what I suspected, and it seems that Barca massively overpaid. Liverpool will come out ahead on this transfer.

      • scrummymustard - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        I also believe that a player gets roughly 10% of that fee.

  5. wittenisgod - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Grandafan, luzia gets no money out of it but his agent will get some! And Barcelona will not pay liverpool that in full! They have payment plans ie 2 mill a month etc!

  6. lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I don’t follow Barca as much as the next rube but I don’t understand the reason for selling Sanchez for 35 and buying Suarez for 75.

    Use that money on Defense, not scoring!!!!

    Real Madrid fans have to be loving this news, eh?

    • mahezam - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Pretty sure Madrid fans are not stoked about one of the very best players in the world moving to Barca…

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        good point, and bad choice of words on my part.

        Yes, Real fans are ‘probably’ not jumping up and down over this news but I would figure they would take this over big name defense signings (note plural on defenders) … I don’t see Suarez being as effective in La as he was in EPL, also saying that becuase he is joining Messi and Neymar. No doubt he will be an elite attacker, but I think $400 billion dollars could have been spent wiser.

        cheers :)

  7. dkalev - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Put an asterisk on that Neymar, didn’t they just find out he was far more expensive than that with various other backroom deals with his father (aka his manager)

  8. grangeroo - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Missing David Luiz for £50m to PSG

  9. scoochpooch - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    You said it, I will surely not miss this pyschopath playing in England. Unfortunately it looks like he’ll be in the UCL much longer with Barca than the 6 games Liverpool will play.

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