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5 Most Expensive Transfers Involving Brazilian Players in History of Club Football

Arjun Singh Devgan
May 11, 2021, 11:58 AM GMT+5:30
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Brazilian footballers have been some of the best in the history of the sport, with some players from the South American nation dominating football throughout it's history. Here, we take a look at five most expensive Brazilians over history.

1. Neymar (Barcelona to PSG) - €222m

Neymar Jr
Stade Rennais v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 / John Berry/Getty Images

The most expensive player in the history of the sport and one of the most talented to play football, Neymar created history when Paris Saint-Germain splurged €222million to sign him from Barcelona in 2017.

The 29-year-old has been brilliant on the pitch when fit, scoring 86 goals in 113 appearances for them - but there is a feeling among many that he has not made full use of the talent in Paris.

2. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona) - €135m

Philippe Coutinho
FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Santander / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho was one of the best players in the Premier League during his time at Anfield, which led to Barcelona shelling out €135million for his services in 2017.

However, his signing has been one of the worst ever made in the history of LaLiga, with the midfielder struggling to fit in at the club. The Catalan giants tried to cut their losses by sending him on loan to Bayern Munich in 2019/20, but he returned back and has been sparely used due to injury.

It will be interesting to see how his future pans out considering that he would want to perform in order to make the Brazil squad for the upcoming Copa America.

3. Neymar (Santos to Barcelona) - €88.2m

Neymar Jr
Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Final / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Neymar makes the list for the second time and this came in 2013 when he made his dream move to Barcelona. The Brazilian was an instant hit and was a key part of all their success in the four years he spent at the Nou Camp.

He formed a deadly partnership with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, scoring 105 goals in 186 games and helping the club win two LaLiga titles, three Copa del Rey's and the 2015 Champions League.

4. Arthur Melo (Barcelona to Juventus) - €72m

Arthur Melo
FC Barcelona v Juventus: Group G - UEFA Champions League / David Ramos/Getty Images

Part of the swap deal which saw Miralem Pjanic going the other way, Arthur Melo joined Juventus for a total fee of €72million in 2020. The 24-year-old started brightly at Turin, but his performances fell away in the second half of the season.

Despite his mixed season, he is only 24-years-old and will only get better as his career progresses.

5. Kaka (AC Milan to Real Madrid) - €67m

Kaka
Xerez CD v Real Madrid - La Liga / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

One of the greatest attacking talents to come from Brazil, Kaka was unstoppable for AC Milan between 2004 to 2008 - with his performances ensuring that he won the Ballon d'Or award in 2007.

He soon moved to Real Madrid for €67million in 2009, but injuries limited his impact at the Bernabeu, though he did score 29 goals and register 32 assists in 120 appearances for the Los Blancos.

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