Today we are going to be looking at the top 20 Real Madrid most expensive transfers ever. Real Madrid is one of the top clubs, not only in Spain but throughout the world. It is a club with a rich history and home to some of the most legendary players of the sport. It can be said that Real Madrid is a dream club for so many young players.
Real Madrid has made some record-breaking transfers throughout their history and bringing in world-class players by doing so. Real Madrid has broken the record transfer fee many times by signing top players.
Below is the list of Real Madrid’s most expensive signings in their all-time history:
20. Nikolas Anelka
Nikolas Anelka is a French football player. He played as a forward and was capable of playing both as a main striker and as a second striker. In the summer of 1999, Anelka moved to Real Madrid for a £35 million transfer fee from Arsenal. Known for his ability to both score and assist goals, he has been described as a classy and quick player, with good aerial ability, technique, shooting, and movement off the ball.
19. Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben is a Dutch footballer he plays as a winger. He is known for his dribbling skills, speed, ball control, and his long-range shots. Robben is regarded as one of the best players of his generation and one of the best wingers in the world in his prime.
Robben completed his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea on a five-year deal on 22 August 2007, with the transfer fee reported as €35 million.
Robben proved crucial for many Real Madrid matches, making his famous runs down the left-wing and quickly became a first choice for the left midfield position.
18. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is a French footballer he plays as a striker for both the French national football team and Real Madrid. He is known for being strong and powerful and a potent finisher from inside the box.
On 1 July 2009, it was announced that Lyon had reached an agreement with Spanish club Real Madrid for the transfer of Benzema. The transfer fee was priced at €35 million. He was one of Real Madrid most expensive transfers at the time.
17. Luka Modric
Luka Modric is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Croatian national team. He plays mainly as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, and the greatest Croatian footballer of all-time.
On 27 August 2012, Real Madrid announced they had agreed on a deal to bring Modric from Tottenham for an approximate £35 million transfer fee. Modrić signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club.
16. Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Belgium national team. Courtois mentioned he would want to live closer to his children, reigniting the rumours about a transfer to Real Madrid. After a strong performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he won the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper, Courtois expressed his interest to move on from Chelsea.
On 8 August 2018, Real Madrid announced officially that they had signed Courtois on a six-year contract from Chelsea for a transfer fee of £35 million.
15. David Beckham
David Beckham is an English former professional footballer. He was known for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks as a right-winger. Beckham has been hailed as one of the greatest and most recognizable midfielders of his generation, as well as one of the best set-piece specialists of all time.
As the summer 2003 transfer window approached, Manchester United appeared keen to sell Beckham to Barcelona and the two clubs even announced that they reached a deal for Beckham’s transfer, but instead he joined reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid for €37.5 million on a four-year contract.
14. Mateo Kovacic
Mateo Kovacic is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. Kovačić is usually deployed as a central midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, but he is considered to be a versatile midfielder, having played in different positions and adapted to playing either wide on the left or as an attacking midfielder.
On 16 August 2015, Inter manager Roberto Mancini confirmed the club was forced to sell Kovačić to Real Madrid due to Financial Fair Play regulations. Real Madrid also confirmed the transfer from Inter Milan, announcing Kovačić had signed a six-year contract with the club. The transfer fee was €38 million.
13. Ronaldo Nazario
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time.
He signed for Real Madrid for €45 million from Inter Milan. His jersey sales broke all records on the first day. He was one of the Real Madrid record arrivals, and a star player for the team. He joined a team which already included Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham.
12. Vinicius Junior
Vinícius Júnioris a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.
Vinicius was the subject of a transfer to La Liga club Real Madrid from Flamengo, for whom he signed for in a national record for a U-18 player, €45 million deal, which was made effective after his 18th birthday.
He is considered to be one of the most talented youngsters from Brazil with outstanding dribbling skills.
Rodrygo is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He is one of the talented Brazilian youngsters that Real Madrid has signed at an early stage of their career.
On 15 June 2018, Real Madrid reached an agreement with Santos for the transfer of Rodrygo, with the player joining Los Blancos in June 2019 and signing until 2025. The transfer fee was of €45 million.
10. Ferland Mendy
Ferland Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Real Madrid and the France national team. He is 10th on the list of Real Madrid record signings.
On 12 June 2019, Mendy signed for La Liga club Real Madrid from Lyon on a six-year contract for an initial transfer fee of €48 million.
9. Eder Militao
Éder Militãois a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil football team. He plays mainly as a central defender. However, he can also play as a right-back or a defensive midfielder.
On 14 March 2019, Real Madrid announced that it had signed Militão to a six-year contract effective 1 July 2019 after paying a €50 million transfer fee to Porto.
8. Luis Figo
Luis Figo is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder and as a winger.
He was renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger. Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation. He is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In July 2000, Figo made a surprising and controversial €62 million move to Barcelona‘s bitter rivals Real Madrid. Real Madrid met the buyout clause in Figo’s contract at Barcelona, a new world record fee.
He was Real Madrid’s highest transfer fee ever at the time, as well as one of Real Madrid record arrivals.
7. Luka Jovic
Luka Jovicis a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Serbia national team.
Luka Jovic had an amazing season with Eintracht Frankfurt. With all the spotlight on him, Real Madrid decided to sign the striker. On 4 June 2019, Jović signed for Real Madrid for a reported €63 million, on a six-year contract from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kaka is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was known for his creative passing, goal scoring and dribbles from midfield, Kaká is widely considered one of the best players of his generation.
On 8 June 2009, AC Milan and Real Madrid confirmed Kaká’s move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on a six-year deal for €67 million transfer fee. Kaká was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on 30 June 2009. He was one of Real Madrid expensive transfers.
5. James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger. He has been praised for his technique, vision and playmaking skills. He is considered one of the best playmakers in the world at the moment.
In a post-match interview during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, James stated his “love”, “admiration” and “passion” for Real Madrid, saying that it would be a “life’s dream” to play for them after his performances aroused rumours linking him to the Los Blancos.
On 22 July 2014, James confirmed the rumours by signing a six-year contract from Monaco to Real Madrid which was reported to be approximately £75 million. At the time, this was the fourth-most expensive transfer in the world, and the third in the list of Real Madrid most expensive transfers.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. Zidane is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was an elite playmaker renowned for his elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique.
In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus for a world-record fee of about €77.5 million. This was Real Madrid highest transfer fee ever and ranked 4th in the list of Real Madrid record transfers. He signed a four-year contract.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldois a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He as an amazing record of scoring goals especially goals in the most important situations.
Ahead of the 2009–10 season, Ronaldo joined Real Madridfrom Manchester United for a world record transfer fee at the time, of €94 million. He was at the time, Real Madrid most expensive transfer. 80,000 fans attended his presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu. His number 7 shirt was presented to him by former player Alfredo Di Stefano.
He later proved that he was worth all the money the Los Blancos had paid. He became a legendary player, not only in Real Madrid history but also in the history of the sport.
2. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger. He is well known for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace. Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with “tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities”. He was regarded as a free kick specialist.
On 1 September 2013, Spanish club Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Bale from Tottenham, signing a six-year deal. It was reported that Bale had cost £101 million. This transfer broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer record fee and was also Real Madrid highest transfer fee ever at the time.
1. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Belgium national team. He is well known for his creativity, speed, dribbling and passing. Hazard is considered one of the best players in the world.
On 7 June 2019, La Liga club Real Madrid announced on their website that Hazard would be signing for them for the 2019/20 season from Chelsea. He signed a contract until 30 June 2024 for a transfer fee of approximately €115 million. This transfer fee is Real Madrid’s highest transfer fee ever. He is Real Madrid’s most expensive signing ever.