Quiz! Can you name the 50 most expensive Brazilian player transfers ever?
European clubs signing Brazilian players can be a risky game. They’re nearly always super-talented, but who can say whether doing 4,000 stepovers for Santos will mean success in a whole new continent?
Maybe that’s why so many of the players below get signed by Russian clubs first. Presumably, if you can transfer your ability from Brazil to Bashkortostan, then Europe’s other leagues seem like a bit of a doddle (well, that and getting a work permit more easily of course).
Yet the great thing about Brazilian signings – the hits and even the misses – is that they’re usually a joy to watch. There may be a rise in Brazilian holding midfielders, but it’s still a country mainly associated with flair, dazzling skill and nabbing someone who might go on to be the best in the world.
Newcastle wil be hoping for a bit of that, having broken their transfer record for a second time since January to land Joelinton – the 22-year-old who scored 11 goals in 35 games for Hoffenheim last season.
Below are the 50 heftiest transfer fees ever paid for Brazilian players up to now. Let us know how you get on @FourFourTwo – we’ll retweet the best, if you don’t give answers away – and then challenge some amigos while you’re at it. Good luck!
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