Picking the Most Expensive La Liga XI of All Time Following the January Transfer Window

La Liga is one of the most star studded leagues in the world, with all eyes fixated on Spain's top tier at the weekend to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take centre stage.


Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have never shied away from spending big money to bring Europe's biggest and best to their clubs, with the likes of Gareth Bale (£90m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£63m) and Kaká (£59m) the subjects of mega transfers.


With the January transfer window slamming shut just a few days ago, here's a look at the most expensive La Liga XI of all time.

1. Jan Oblak - £14m

With Real Madrid continuously stalling over a deal that would see David De Gea move to the Santiago Bernabéu, it is their city rivals Atlético who have spent the most money on a goalkeeper.


In 2014, Los Rojiblancos paid Benfica £14m to bring Jan Oblak to the Vicente Calderon and with over 140 appearances to his name with Atlético, the Slovenian goalkeeper is expected break the wold record fee for a goalkeeper if he leaves the Spanish capital.

2. Dani Alves - £32m

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves still holds the record as La Liga's most expensive right-back, with the Brazilian defender costing the Blaugrana £32m.  


Now at Paris Saint-Germain, Alves made almost 400 appearances for Barca during his eight years with the club, eventually leaving the Camp Nou in 2016.

3. Iñigo Martínez - £29m

The first January signing of this list is 26-year-old centre-back Iñigo Martínez. 


The Spain international moved to Athletic Club in the latest transfer window to replace the Manchester City bound Aymeric Laporte. Having graduated from the Real Sociedad academy in 2009, and then promoted from their B team in 2011, Martínez has already made 206 La Liga appearances and has a fantastic reputation in Spain's top flight.

4. Pepe - £27m

Don't worry, this hasn't turned into a list about how many red cards a player has or how utterly terrifying a player is - as lets face it, Pepe would top them easily.


The Portuguese veteran completed a £27m move to the Santiago Bernabéu from FC Porto in 2007. Pepe would go on to make 334 appearances for Los Blancos and will be remembered across Europe for his fearsome (quite literally) partnership alongside Sergio Ramos.

5. Theo Hernández - £27m

Real Madrid's Theo Hernández completed a big money move from Atlético over the summer to overtake Fábio Coentrão as the most expensive La Liga left-back ever.


Although it's fair to say that Marcelo is still very much the preferred option in defence for Real Madrid, as the youngest player to feature on this list, Theo has a bright future ahead of him in the Spanish capital.

6. Zinedine Zidane - £70m

From the youngest, to the oldest...


That's right, ridiculous transfer fees have always been a part of football and when Zinedine Zidane completed a £70m move from Juventus is 2001, the aforementioned Theo Hernández hadn't even celebrated his fourth birthday.


Now the manager at Real Madrid, Zidane helped change the face of European football during his playing career and was an idol to any budding midfielder growing up in the noughties.

7. James Rodríguez - £68m

Off the back of an outstanding World Cup campaign with Colombia, James Rodríguez swapped Monaco for Madrid in a £68m transfer.


The 26-year-old struggled to live up to expectations in the Spanish capital, though and was loaned out to Bayern Munich during the summer, with Rodríguez now starting to refind the form that made him the most sought after midfielder in Europe.

8. Philippe Coutinho - £108m

After developing from a raw talent at Inter Milan into one of the best players in the Premier League during a five year spell in Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho became La Liga's most expensive import for £108m - a fee that could rise to the widely reported £142m through add-ons.


The Brazilian international was a long-term transfer target in Catalonia and after seeing a move during the summer fall through, Coutinho moved to the Camp Nou at the start of the January transfer window.

9. Ousmane Dembélé - £95m

Ousmane Dembélé forced his way out of Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season, setting a record transfer (which has since been broken) for La Liga at £95m - a £5m increase on Gareth Bale's former world record transfer fee.


Despite having an injury hit campaign in Catalonia that has stunted his growth, the 20-year-old remains one of the most promising players in European football.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo - £85m

At the rate of which the transfer market has inflated in recent years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Cristiano Ronaldo at £85m is a snip.


The Portuguese winger left Manchester United for a world record transfer fee back in 2009 and his move raised more that a few eyebrows at the time. However, with five Ballons d'Or to his name and a trophy cabinet overflowing with awards, Ronaldo will go down as one of the most decorated people to ever play the game.

11. Luis Suárez - £74m

To call Luis Suárez a controversial character would be an understatement. 


Despite crazy moments that came during his time with Ajax, Liverpool and the Uruguayan national team, Suárez's genius with the ball at his feet earned him a move £74m to Barcelona and the final spot on this list.


Despite playing in Spain for less than four years, the 31-year-old has proved his worth with a breathtaking return of 101 goals and 55 assists in just 116 La Liga matches.

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