5 Most Valuable Free Agent Signings in Football History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is the most valuable free agent signing in the history of club football
Lionel Messi is the most valuable free agent signing in the history of club football / SAMEER AL-DOUMY/Getty Images

Top football clubs in the world always look to ensure that they get their star players to sign long-term deals in order to ensure that they remain with them, though in certain cases some players decide to run down their contracts and become free agents.

Here, we take a look at the 5 most valuable free agent signings in history of club football.

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona to PSG), Market Value - €80m


Paris Saint-Germain completed arguably the biggest transfer in the history of football when they signed Lionel Messi on a free transfer on a two-year deal.

Despite being 34-years-old, the Argentina icon is valued at €80million and his arrival has made the Ligue 1 giants favourites to win their maiden Champions League title.

2. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan to PSG), Market Value - €60m

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

That Gianluigi Donnarumma already made more than 250 appearances for AC Milan at the age of 22. goes to show how impressive he has been in goal so far in his career.

The Italian who was named as the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020 after leading Italy to the trophy is a definite legend in the making and that PSG got him free represents one of the best pieces of business they have done in recent times.

3. David Alaba (Bayern Munich to Real Madrid), Market Value - €55m

David Alaba
Real Madrid v AC Milan - Pre-Season Friendly / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Real Madrid got a steal when they managed to sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich on a free transfer, with the Austrian widely hailed as one of the best players of his generation.

The 29-year-old is capable of playing in a number of roles on the pitch and will no doubt bring in the required experience to the defence following the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

4. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich), Market Value - €50m

Robert Lewandowski
FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund for free in 2014 and since then has established himself as arguably the best striker in the world.

The striker has been brilliant for the Bavarians, scoring an astonishing 294 goals in just 329 appearances and looks set to score more in the future.

5. Memphis Depay (Lyon to Barcelona), Market Value - €45m

Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay of Fc Barcelona gestures during the Joan... / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

Memphis Depay might have flopped at Manchester United, but he was brilliant for Lyon in the five seasons he played for them, scoring 76 goals to become their most important player.

The Dutchman has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the world in the recent past and his performances led to Barcelona making it a priority to sign him.