In soccer, a midfielder has an important role in midfield. They must be able to adjust the tempo, assist the attack to help the defense. With this important role, a quality midfielder will really help a team to win.
No wonder the elite European clubs did not hesitate to recruit quality midfielder with a transfer fee that is not small. In the history of football, there are several midfielder who recorded the highest transfer value. Who are they? Following the review.
1. Philippe Coutinho – 145 million euros
The most expensive midfielder to date is Philippe Coutinho. He was listed as the most expensive midfielder when recruited Barcelona from Liverpool in the 2017/2018 season. The Brazilian attacking midfielder bailed out Barcelona at a price of 145 million euros. The price is considered commensurate with his impressive appearance when in Liverpool uniform. But Coutinho’s career at Barca did not go smoothly, at this time he had to be loaned out to Bayern Munich.
2. Paul Pogba – 105 million euros
Paul Pogba is predicted as the best midfielder when defending Juventus. He also became the target of other European elite teams, but finally Manchester United managed to bring it. United are willing to spend up to 105 million euros to get the French midfielder. Joined the 2016/2017 season, Pogba is still a mainstay in the midfield of the Red Devils until now.
3. Zinedine Zidane – 77.5 million euros
Long before the most expensive midfielder today, Zinedine Zidane was listed as the most expensive midfielder for more than ten years. In the 2001/2002 season, Zidane was recruited by Real Madrid from Juventus. For the sake of bringing this French midfielder, El Real dared to pay up to 77.5 million euros. The price was of course very high at the time.
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4. Kevin De Bruyne – 76 million euros
Kevin De Bruyne deserves to be called the best midfielder in the world today. This is inseparable from his charming appearance with Manchester City. De Bruyne was recruited by City from Wolfsburg in the 2015/2016 season. At that time the Belgian midfielder was only 24 years old and bailed out by The Citizens to 76 million euros.
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5. Frenkie De Jong – 75 million euros
At the beginning of this season, Barcelona spending players with no small funds. Among the players who were recruited by Barca, one of them was Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch midfielder was recruited by El Barca after his neat performance with Ajax Amsterdam. To get the 23-year player, Barca spent 75 million euros.
6. James Rodriguez – 75 million euros
James Rodriguez is a player who became the 2014 World Cup top scorer when defending the Colombian national team. This immediately made Madrid interested in recruiting him. El Real brought James from AS Monaco in the 2014/2015 season. At that time the attacking midfielder was only 23 years old and Madrid made up for it with a dowry worth 75 million euros.
7. Rodri – 70 million euros
Rodri became a Manchester City signing at the start of the season. The Citizens bring this Spanish midfielder from Atletico Madrid. In order to get the 23-year player, City poured funds up to 70 million euros. Even though he just joined, Rodri was immediately able to adapt and become a mainstay in the Pep Guardiola squad.
8. Ricardo Kaka – 67 million euros
Real Madrid is indeed known as a team that is notorious in purchasing players. In the 2009/2010 season, El Real managed to bring Ricardo Kaka from AC Milan. At that time Kaka became a star in the Italian team. For the sake of bringing this Brazilian midfielder, Madrid was willing to spend 67 million euros.
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