Football is the “man” right now, and as heavy price tags get to be slammed on players every other transfer window, fans can only look on in amazement.
Just over the last 48 hours, the Manchester clubs, United and City made history as they signed the most expensive player ever and the most expensive defender in the EPL respectively.
Pogba and Stones are the most recent expensive transfers for now, but here is a complete team that lines up 9 others who remain the most expensive player in the position they hold, completing a dream mega-money starting 11.
GK – Gianluigi Buffon
At the turn of the new millennium in 2001, the Azzurri legendary shot stopper made a £32.6million move from Parma to Turin.
He remains the most expensive man in-between the goal since. And has continually justified his fees till date.
LB – Luke Shaw
The 21-year-old left Southampton for Old Trafford in 2014 for €37.5million and was the most expensive teenage signing in the EPL at the time.
Having gotten that record broken, he can still hold claim to being the costliest left back ever.
CB – David Luiz
Part of the big-money takeover at PSG in 2014, the Ligue 1 giants splashed £50million on the Brazilian defender, and has been an integral part of the squad that has won 4 consecutive league titles till date.
CB – John Stones
The 22-year-old became the 2nd most defender yesterday when he completed a £47.5million switch from Everton to join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
He is expected to join the Spaniard in the revolutionizing of how defenders play in the English top flight league.
RB – Lilian Thuram
The retired World Cup winning defender moved alongside Buffon from Parma to Juventus in 2001, becoming the most expensive defender at the time for £25million.
Since retiring in 2008, the versatile defender still holds the bragging rights of being the costliest right back ever.
CM – Paul Pogba
After protracted contract talks, Pogba returned to Old Trafford on Monday, costing times ten of the £800,000 he initially left for 4 seasons ago.
He overtook Gareth Bale as the most expensive player in the history of the game after getting £89million paid for his transfer away from Turin.
CM – James Rodriguez
The Colombia skipper became a Galacticos in 2014 after a stellar performance at the Brazil world cup, but he is yet to justify his £63million fees since arrival from AS Monaco.
AML – Gareth Bale
In 2013, the former Tottenham left back became the most expensive signing in history after signing for £85.3million.
He has helped them to 2 Champions League medals since.
AMC – Neymar
That same year, Barcelona beat Madrid to the signing of the Brazil star, spending around £73.7million in the acquisition of the forward.
He has since become one the best players in world.
AMR – Cristiano Ronaldo
The favorite for the next Balon d’Or prize was the world most expensive player for 4 years when he moved from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009.
After notching 364 strikes in 348 games in a Blancos Jersey thus far, United would think they have been short-changed in letting him go for such amount.
CF – Higuain
Pipping Luiz Suarez to the spot as most expensive striker ever, the Argentine switched for Juventus from Napoli last month for £75.3million.
All eyes will hence be on him to see if he can score as many as 36 league goals back to back.