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Top five teams with the highest transfer income since 2000

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  • The transfer period is when teams get the chance to sell and buy players. There are only two transfer windows in a year – summer and winter. 
  • Top teams splash a lot of money on players they believe can strengthen their squads. 
  • However, there are some who wait for the transfer period to generate cash through the sale of their key players.

The transfer period is the time when teams can buy and sell players. Many teams focus on buying and not selling their stars. The teams with the highest transfer income have sold some of the most valuable players in history. 

Some teams are known to make high-quality players and then release them to other elite teams in Europe. Borussia Dortmund is a perfect example of a team which makes top footballers and sells them to generate funds. 

This article will look at the top five teams with the highest transfer income since 2000. 

1. Juventus – 1579 million 

Juventus have earned a lot of money by selling some of their top players. The Italian giants are the team with the highest transfer income since 2000. 

The Bianconeri have generated 1579 million euros in the transfer market since the turn of the century. Their most expensive sale in history has been Paul Pogba. Juventus sold the talented midfielder to Manchester United in 2016 for a club-record fee of 105 million euros.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba. Photo/ Eurosport.

The Serie A giants had signed Paul Pogba as a free agent from Manchester United in 2012. It took them less than five years to make millions from his sale. 

Zinedine Zidane is another top sale made by Juventus. Juventus released the French midfielder to Real Madrid in 2001 for 77.5 million euros.

Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt is another expensive sale by the Old Lady. De Ligt joined Bayern Munich this summer for 67 million euros. 

2. Benfica – 1408 million 

Benfica is one of the teams known for producing top players in Europe. The Portuguese side is among the teams with the highest transfer income since 2000. 

Benfica are just 171 million euros below Juventus in money earned from the sale of players. The European club has earned 1408 million euros since the turn of the century. 

Their highest sale of all time is Joao Felix, who joined Atletico Madrid for 127.2 million euros in 2019. Darwin Nunez, who secured a move to Liverpool this summer, is the club’s second most expensive sale. Liverpool paid 75 million euros for the talented striker. 

Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias is also one of the most expensive sales by Benfica. The two-time Premier League champion joined Manchester City from Benfica for 68 million euros. 

3. FC Porto – 1355 million 

FC Porto is another Portuguese club good at nurturing talents. The 30-time Primeira Liga champions are also one of the teams with the highest transfer income this century. 

Porto have earned a whopping 1355 million euros from the sale of their players every transfer period. The Portuguese side’s most expensive sale is Eder Militao, who joined Real Madrid in 2019 for 50 million euros. 

The second most expensive sale by FC Porto is Luis Diaz, who joined Liverpool at the start of this year. Eliaquim Mangala, who joined Manchester City in 2014, occupies the third spot after he generated 45 million euros for the club. 

4. Chelsea – 1350 million 

Despite spending a lot of money every transfer window, the Premier League giants have also generated a lot of cash through the sale of players. They are one of the teams with the highest transfer income in history. 

Since the turn of the century, Chelsea have earned 1350 million euros through the sale of players. Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid in 2019, is the most expensive player sold by Chelsea. When he joined Real Madrid, the Belgian international generated an eye-popping 115 million euros for Chelsea.

Chelsea

Eden Hazard. Photo/ Eurosport.

Diego Costa’s transfer to Atletico Madrid in 2017 is another big sale by the Blues. The Spanish international joined Atletico for 60 million euros. 

Chelsea’s third-most expensive sale is Oscar, who joined Shanghai SIPG for 60 million euros in 2016. 

5. Real Madrid – 1345 million 

Real Madrid are among the most successful teams in Europe. The Spanish giants splash a lot of money on players every transfer window. Recently, they landed Aurelien Tchouameni for over 80 million euros. 

However, they also make a lot of money through the sale of players. The 14-time European champions have garnered a total of 1345 million euros through offloading players every transfer window. 

Their most expensive sale is Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club in 2018 for 117.5 million euros. 

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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