The top three most expensive football signings in history are all players who have made a significant impact on the sport and their respective clubs. These players are:
Neymar Jr. - Paris Saint-Germain's acquisition of Brazilian forward Neymar Jr. from Barcelona in 2017 holds the record for the most expensive football signing in history, with a transfer fee of €222 million (about $262 million at the time). Neymar, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, has scored over 70 goals in just over 100 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain and has helped lead the team to the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.
Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain also holds the second spot on the list, with their acquisition of French forward Kylian Mbappé from Monaco in 2018 for a fee of €180 million (about $214 million at the time). Mbappé, who is considered one of the brightest young talents in the sport, has scored over 90 goals in just over 150 appearances for the club and has helped lead them to multiple domestic titles and a Champions League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid's signing of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009 holds the third spot on the list, with a transfer fee of €94 million (about $131 million at the time). Ronaldo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid and helped lead the team to multiple domestic and international titles, including four Champions League titles.
While the transfer fees for these players may seem exorbitant, it is important to consider the financial state of modern football. The sport has become a multi-billion dollar industry, with clubs willing to pay top dollar for the best players. In addition, the transfer fees for these players were likely inflated due to the intense competition for their signatures.
Overall, the signings of Neymar, Mbappé, and Ronaldo will go down in history as some of the most expensive in the sport. While their fees may have been controversial, there is no denying that these players have made a significant impact on the pitch and have helped their respective clubs achieve success.
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