Top 5 big-money deals involving top talents

MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYERS: (From left) Bale and Ronaldo went to Real Madrid, Higuain to Juventus, and Suarez and Neymar transferred to Barcelona.


    Jul 28, 2016

    Top 5 big-money deals involving top talents


    FIVE most expensive transfers after Italian champions Juventus splashed out 90 million euros (S$134 million) to prise Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli on Tuesday:

    Gareth Bale (Wales)

    Spurs to Real Madrid

    £85.1m (S$151m) in 2013

    The Welsh forward's performances for an attractive Spurs side launched Real into a massive bid. The English side could not refuse such advances and let their star man go.

    He has built on his career at the Santiago Bernabeu with two Champions League titles, scoring in the final of the first of the two against Atletico Madrid.

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Manchester United to Real Madrid £83.7m in 2009

    Real Madrid came calling for the Portuguese master with what was then a world-record bid.

    He was keen to join and, since arriving in the Spanish capital, has become their all-time top goalscorer.

    He has consistently set records in the Champions League, which he has won three times, twice with Real.

    Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)

    Napoli to Juventus

    £75.3m in 2016

    Juventus paid the biggest fee for a domestic transfer in history when they matched his buy-out clause of 90 million euros to bring the player to Turin from Napoli on Tuesday.

    The 28-year-old former Real Madrid striker scored a record-equalling 36 goals in Serie A last season, as Napoli finished second to Juve.

    Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

    Liverpool to Barcelona

    £75m in 2014

    Barcelona did not hesitate to sign the striker despite his shame at the World Cup finals when, for the third time, he bit an opponent, this time Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

    As a result, Suarez was unable to play competitively or train with them for four months.

    But once his ban was over, he repaid them in full.

    His partnership with Messi and Neymar yielded a La Liga record for three forwards of 122 goals that campaign.

    Neymar (Brazil)

    Santos to Barcelona

    £71.5m in 2013

    Off-the-pitch alleged shenanigans over how much went to the player, his family and the selling club have dogged Barcelona over the transfer of Neymar.

    He shrugged off an injury that ended his 2014 World Cup campaign early to play a pivotal role in Barca's Champions League success. Like Suarez, he scored in that final against Juventus, and collected La Liga and Copa del Rey winners medals.