Quiz! Can you name the 30 most expensive players ever by their combined transfer fees?

Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Luton Town and Chelsea at Kenilworth Road on March 02, 2022 in Luton, England.
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30 players to guess, five minutes on the clock.

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It's one thing to be a big signing in football but it's quite another thing to be one over and over again. There are players, however, who keep commanding huge fees, seemingly lasting just a couple of seasons before moving onto the next club, moving sideways rather than up.

There's a lot of money in football – and most of it is being spent on most of these chaps. 

We've listed the top 30 players by their cumulative transfer fees and we've added how many of those transfers actually commanded a fee – nothing for freebies, not in this game. 


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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.