Quiz! Can you name the 50 biggest transfers ever in football?

Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain poses for a photo with his UEFA Champions League Man of the Match award after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 12, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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101 years ago, Sydney Puddefoot was the most expensive footballer of all time. He cost Falkirk an outrageous £5,000 and earned himself a £390 fee for agreeing the transfer (he was also a cricketer for Essex… ah, the 1920s). 

"When will this folly on the part of football clubs come to an end?" The Football Post exasperatedly cried at the time. It was silly money. And it was only going to get worse. 

It took just a month for Syd's fee to be surpassed, before the likes of Warney Cresswell, Bob Kelly, David Jack, Johnny Morris and Eddie Quigley all broke the record – and those are just the English players for under 30 grand. Diego Maradona broke it twice. Johan Cruyff did, too. Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Zinedine Zidane all took the record, too. 

Yet in 2023, none of these names are in the top 50 most expensive footballers on Earth. What the hell would The Football Post say?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.