Top 20 Most Expensive FC Barcelona Signings

Top 20 Most Expensive FC Barcelona Record Signings

Today, we will look at some of Barcelona most expensive signings throughout the history of the club.

FC Barcelona is a club which can be called as a Spanish giant, as it is one of the clubs in Spain with a rich history. Barcelona is considered one of the best clubs in Spain and the world. The club has won many prestigious titles and trophies. It is one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport and has continued to lure top talents who can achieve great comebacks and win titles.

Being one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport, it has had players of the highest quality. Most young players dream to play at the Nou Camp for FC Barcelona. However, if a player is signed by FC Barcelona, they are usually signed for a very high transfer fee.

Below is a list of the FC Barcelona most expensive signings:

20. Ronaldinho

FC Barcelona record signing

Ronaldinho is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He played as an attacking midfielder, a forward and even a winger for his clubs or national side. He is considered one of the greatest of all time by most of the football fans and pundits. He was very well known for his technical skills, creativity and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.  

In 2003, Barcelona won the race to sign Ronaldinho and outbid Manchester United to sign him for a transfer fee of €32.25 million.

“He does something special every time he touches the ball,” said the Barcelona coach.

19. Arda Turan

Arda Turan is a Turkish professional footballer. He plays as an attacking midfielder and is well known for his ball control, vision, and his dribbling skills.

On 6 July 2015, Barcelona signed Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of €34 million. He signed a five-year contract with the club and was given the number 7 shirt. However, he was not allowed to play until the next season due to FC Barcelona’s transfer ban.

18. Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas is a Spanish professional footballer. He plays as a central midfielder. Currently, he plays for Ligue 1 side Monaco. He came up through the ranks of the youth academy of FC Barcelona, before moving to England. He is considered to be one of the best players in his position. He is known for his ball control, vision, passing and creative ability.

On 15 August 2011, Barcelona signed Fabregas from Arsenal for a transfer fee of €34 million. Thus, he made a return to his parent club. He turned out to be one of the best midfielders for the club, along with Xavi and Iniesta. He was one of the most talented players to come out of the La Masia Academy of FC Barcelona. 

17. Dani Alves

Dani Alves is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays for the Brazilian national team as well as for Sao Paulo. He can play either as a right back or as an attacking midfielder. He is considered to be one of the greatest right backs of all time. He is also the most decorated player, having won 41 trophies throughout his ongoing career. He is well known for his skills, dribbling, passing, vision, and creative ability.

On 2 July 2008, Dani Alves signed for FC Barcelona from his childhood club Sevilla for a transfer fee of €35.5 million. Thus, he became one of the most expensive defenders in history and the third-most expensive player bought by Barcelona. He signed a four-year contract with the Catalans. He turned out to be a legend for FC Barcelona, helping them to many titles.

16. Nelson Semedo

Nelson Semedo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team. He is mainly known for his speed, ball control, dribbling and passing.

On 13 July 2017, Barcelona announced the signing of Nelson Semedo from Benefica for a transfer fee of €35.70 million. He signed a five-year contract with the club.

15. Javier Saviola

Javier Saviola is an Argentine former professional footballer. He used to play as a forward, a second striker and sometimes as an attacking midfielder. Saviola was known for his speed, agility and dribbling. He had the ability to score a goal from almost anywhere on the ground. He was often compared to Diego Maradona in his youth.

In 2001, Saviola signed for FC Barcelona from River Plate for a transfer fee of €35.90 million. He was just 19 years old at the time and was a bright prospect for the team.

14. Clement Lenglet

Clement Lenglet is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Spanish club Barcelona and the France national team. He is well known for his aerial ability, strength, positioning and good defensive skills. He can also score goals with his aerial ability from set-pieces.

On 12 July 2018, Clement Lenglet signed for FC Barcelona from Sevilla for a transfer fee of €35.90 million. He is now one of the most important defenders in the Barcelona squad, constantly playing games in the starting lineup.

13. Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes is a Portuguese professional footballer. He plays for Everton as well as the Portugal national team. He can play as a central midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder. He is well known for his ball control, passing, vision, and technical ability.

On 21 July 2016, FC Barcelona signed Andre Gomes from Valencia for a transfer fee of €37 million.

However, he did not feature much in the starting lineup due to the overwhelming talent at the club. He was voted the worst signing of the season by the fans.

12. Marc Overmars

Marc Overmars is a Dutch former footballer. He played as a winger during his career. He was well known for his speed, vision, two-footedness and dribbling ability. He would get past defenders within the blink of an eye.

In July 2000, despite interest from other clubs, FC Barcelona reached an agreement to sign Overmars from Arsenal for a transfer fee of €40 million. Overmars said moving to such a club would “excite any player”. He became the most expensive Dutch player at the time of his signing, and one of the Barcelona most expensive signings.

11. Paulinho

Paulinho is a Brazilian professional footballer. He currently plays for the Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande. He plays as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking midfielder. He is known as a box-to-box midfielder, with powerful running and good movement into the box. He also has a good aerial presence at both ends of the pitch during set piece situations.

On 14 August 2017, FC Barcelona signed Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande for a transfer fee of €40 million. He went on to play a major role in the midfield of the club and constantly made it to the starting lineup of the Catalan club.

10. David Villa

Villa is in the Barcelona top 10 most expensive signings

David Villa is a Spanish former professional footballer. He used to play as a striker but could play as a winger as well as a second striker. He was well known for his accurate, clinical and powerful finishing inside and outside the box. He was also known for his technique, vision, and creative ability. He was a set piece and penalty specialist. He is considered to be the best Spanish striker of all time.

On 19 May 2010, Barcelona signed David Villa from Valencia for a transfer fee of €40 million. He signed a four-year contract with Barcelona with an option to extend for a further year.

9. Malcom

Malcom de Oliveira is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays as a forward for the Brazilian national team as well as for his current club Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is known for his pace, dribbling ability, ball control, and creative ability. He can play as a winger as well as a second striker.

On 24 July 2018, FC Barcelona announced the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux for a transfer fee of €41 million. He signed a five-year contract with the Catalans.

8. Miralem Pjanic

Barcelona most expensive signings

Miralem Pjanic is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He usually plays as a central midfielder with a playmaking role. He is known for his creative skills, vision, and an excellent assist provider. He also has an eye for goal from midfield and striking ability from distance. He is also highly regarded for his accurate, bending free-kicks.

On 29 June 2020, Barcelona announced the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Juventus for a transfer fee of €60 million. Pjanic signed a contract with the Catalan side for the next four seasons.

He is 8th on the list of the Barcelona most expensive transfers.

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional footballer who currently plays for the Serie A side A.C. Milan. He plays as a striker. He is well known for his physical strength on and off the ball as well as his aerial presence, clinical finishing, and leadership ability. He is a specialist free-kick and penalty taker. He is regarded as one of the best strikers of all time.

On 26 July 2009, Barcelona signed Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan for a transfer fee of €69.5 million. He was one of the Barcelona record signings. He signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona.

6. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is an Uruguayan professional footballer. He plays for the Uruguayan national team as well as Atletico Madrid. He is regarded as one of the best strikers of all time as well as one of the best players of his generation. He can play as a striker or as a second striker. He is well known for his clinical finishing in and out of the box as well as his positioning, strength, aerial presence and dribbling ability. He is one of the top strikers over the age of 30 and continues to score goals and perform at his best.

On 11 July 2014, Luis Suarez signed for FC Barcelona from Liverpool for a transfer fee of €81.72 million. This made him one of the most expensive players in world football history. He is also one of Barcelona most expensive signings.

5. Frenkie De Jong

De Jong is Barcelona's 5th most expensive signing

Frenkie De Jong is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. He can play as a central defensive midfielder, as well as an attacking midfielder. He has also played as a centre-back for his team. He is well known for his defensive abilities as well as his positioning, ball control, passing, dribbling and vision.

On 23 January 2019, FC Barcelona signed Frenkie De Jong from Ajax for a transfer fee of €86 million. He is 5th in the list of Barcelona top 10 most expensive signings. He is currently the best number 7 in the Barca squad.

4. Neymar Jr

Neymar Junior is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world. He usually plays as a winger, but can also play as a striker, second striker and the playmaker of the team. He is well known for his dribbling skills, tricks, passing, finishing and playmaking ability.

On 24 May 2013, Neymar singed to FC Barcelona from the Brazilian club Santos for a transfer fee of €88.2 million. He signed a five-year deal with the Catalan side.

3. Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann is one of Barcelona most expensive signings

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the France national team. He can play as a striker, second striker, playmaker and even a winger. He is known to be a team player, working hard for the team and tracking back if necessary. He is known for his hard work, technical ability, passing, vision, and creativity.

On 12 July 2019, Barcelona announced the signing of Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of €120 million. He signed a five-year contract with the club. Thus, he became one of the Barcelona record signings.

2. Ousmane Dembele

Dembele is Barcelona record signing

Ousmane Dembele is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the France national team. He is a winger who can play on either flank, due to his ability to use both feet. He is well–known for his ability to use either foot; a highly skilful player, his dribbling skills and fast pace.

On 25 August 2017, FC Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement to sign Dembele from Dortmund for a transfer fee of €130 million. This made him the second most expensive player in football history as well one of the most expensive FC Barcelona signings.

1.  Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho becomes Barcelona most expensive signing

Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Barca and the Brazil national team. He is well known for his vision, passing, dribbling and ability to shoot from long range. He is also a free-kick specialist.

 On 6 January 2018, Philippe Coutinho signed for FC Barcelona from Liverpool for a transfer fee of €145 million. This made him the most expensive signing for FC Barcelona. Thus, Coutinho is 1st in the list of FC Barcelona most expensive signings. Coutinho was on loan to Bayern Munich and has since returned back to Camp Nou after Barcelona vs Bayern 8-2 in the Champions League 2020.

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