Ranked! The 10 most expensive players of all time in cumulative transfer fees

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain.
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Record-breaking one-off moves may make the headlines, but some players have racked up some eye-watering transfer totals over the course of their careers.

Others, meanwhile, have managed such huge fees in one gigantic hit, clubs willing to provide astronomical offers just to improve their chances of success. Some work out brilliantly, while many have burned and failed before our very eyes.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.