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The 10 most expensive wingers of all time

Cameron Smith
Neymar for PSG, 2022/23

Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 means that he is not only the most expensive winger of all time, but the expensive transfer ever too.

The Brazilian left Camp Nou in order to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi, but has so far been unsuccessful in winning the Champions League or the Ballon d’Or during his time in the French capital.

The former Santos star cost PSG a total of €222 million in 2017, with the Ligue 1 giants signing him after he played a key role in knocking them out the Champions League the season prior.

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The players who sit in second and third place in the list of the most expensive wingers of all time were both signed by Barcelona in an attempt to replace Neymar, with both arriving within six months of each other.

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Ousmane Dembele is the second-most expensive winger of all time following his €140m transfer from Borussia Dortmund to the Blaugrana. Unfortunately for him, the Frenchman suffered a serious injury within weeks of joining the club, which forced their hand to sign Philippe Coutinho.

The Camp Nou side finally purchased Coutinho from Premier League giants Liverpool for €135m in January 2018 after being linked with him for several months. He was sold to Aston Villa for €20m in 2022, representing a major loss for Barcelona.

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Jack Grealish is the fourth-most expensive winger in history; the England international cost Manchester City €117.5m when they bought him from Aston Villa in 2021.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

Next up is Eden Hazard’s transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019. He arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu for a fee of €115m after firing the Stamford Bridge side to Europa League glory and a top four finish in the Premier League in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Another player who left London to join Real Madrid is the winger in sixth place in this list – Gareth Bale. Los Blancos paid €101m to sign the Welshman from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. He won five Champions League titles during his time at the Spanish giants.

Antony’s move from Ajax to Manchester United in 2022 sees him placed inside the top 10 most expensive wingers of all time, while Cristiano Ronaldo is eighth due to his transfer from Man Utd to Real Madrid. Although he is now classified as a centre-forward, he was very much a winger when he left Old Trafford for a then world record fee.

Neymar appears in the list again thanks to his €88m transfer from Santos to Barcelona, while Jadon Sancho rounds off the top 10, with his move to Manchester United costing €85m.

The 10 most expensive wingers of all time

Player Clubs Fee Season
Neymar Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain €222m 2017-18
Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona €140m 2017-18
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool to Barcelona €135m 2017-18
Jack Grealish Aston Villa to Manchester City €117.5m 2021-22
Eden Hazard Chelsea to Real Madrid €115m 2019-20
Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid €101m 2013-14
Antony Ajax to Manchester United €95m 2022-23
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United to Real Madrid €94m 2009-10
Neymar Santos to Barcelona €88m 2013-14
Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United €85m 2021-22
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