- The English Premier League is the richest league in the world. The league has some of the best players in the world who are expensive.
- Premier League teams make huge earnings when a top player joins a team from other European leagues.
- The most expensive player to leave the English Premier League is Philippe Coutinho.
The most expensive sales in Premier League history have been a topic of discussion depending on the players’ performance.
The English Premier League is the most followed football league in the world. The English league currently has some of the best players in the world, such as Mohamed Salah, Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
Top Premier League teams sign quality players from all other leagues worldwide. Some players leave the English Premier League during the summer and winter transfer windows. Top players like Nemanja Matic, Sadio Mane, Juan Mata and Raphinha have left the league this summer.
Premier League teams have sold some quality players for high prices over the years. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich remain alluring destinations for Premier League stars.
This article will look at Premier League’s top five most expensive sales.
1. Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho was one of the best players in the world during his time with Liverpool. The Brazilian attacking midfielder was a target for top European teams such as FC Bayern, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Coutinho joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2018 for a record 121 million euros. The Brazilian is topping the list of the most expensive Premier League sales.
However, things didn’t work out well for Coutinho with the Spanish giants. His transfer still remains to be a colossal squander of money as he failed to shine at Camp Nou.
Barcelona loaned Coutinho to Bayern Munich during the 2019-20 season. He spent half last season on loan at Aston Villa, making 19 appearances and scoring five goals. He joined Aston Villa on a permanent transfer this summer.
2. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is another star who has struggled to impress after leaving the English Premier League. Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid is Premier League’s second most expensive sale.
The former Chelsea winger joined Real Madrid in 2019 for 103 million euros.
Eden Hazard has failed to prove his worth at Real Madrid in the last three seasons. The Belgian international has been like a shadow at Real Madrid. He has been suffering injuries that have reduced his game time.
Some pundits see Hazard’s transfer fee as a total waste of money. Nevertheless, Hazard has won the UEFA Champions League and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid since he arrived in 2019.
3. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale lacked game time during his last seasons at Real Madrid. However, the Wales international was a star at Real Madrid when he joined the club.
Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive Premier League sales of all time. The former Tottenham Hotspurs winger joined Real Madrid in 2009 for 90 million euros. Bale proved he was worth every penny paid to Tottenham Hotspurs for his transfer.
Bale left Real Madrid this summer after spending 13 years at the club.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen. The Portuguese international is Manchester United’s player for the second time in his career.
Ronaldo joined Manchester United for the first time as a youngster in the early 2000s. He left the Premier League in 2009 for a by then world-record transfer fee of 84 million euros. Cristiano proved the worth of every penny Real Madrid paid for his transfer.
The lethal striker is arguably one of the greatest players Real Madrid has ever seen. Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 after helping the La Liga giants win several trophies. He won four UEFA Champions League trophies with Real Madrid.
Real Madrid made a profit of 20 million euros when they sold the Portuguese star to Juventus for over 100 million euros.
5. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is the fifth most expensive Premier League sale of all time. The ex-Liverpool star joined FC Barcelona for 73 million euros in the summer of 2014.
Suarez formed a lethal attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr at FC Barcelona. He left Barcelona in the summer of 2020 after scoring 198 goals. Suarez is FC Barcelona’s all-time third top goalscorer.
The lethal striker left Barcelona after winning the Champions League, four Copa del Reys and four La Liga titles. Luis Suarez is currently at Atletico Madrid.