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Football midfielder: Most expensive midfielders in the history of football


Football midfielder is a position that makes the team function properly in the game, it’s building a link between the team attack and defence. Usually, midfield decides the game result.

The midfielder is also likely another position that has various types of position, central mid, attacking mid, defensive mid and box to box mid. The team that contending for the title should have quality players in these midfield areas.

For many years in the football world, there is a lot of big stars midfielder who gets the whopping million amounts of movement in the midfield of football history, they grace the game and are capable to win big titles for their team.

The list of top 5 expensive football midfielders in history:

1. Philipe Coutinho


The Brasilian Star midfielder becomes the most expensive midfielder in the history of football midfielders list after getting a whopping €135 million transfer amount from the Catalan giants Barcelona. As Barcelona purchase him from Liverpool for his service in the 2017 Summer

Coutinho made a good start at Barcelona by contributing 20 goals in 52 league matches as Barcelona won successive titles. After that, the Brazilian doesn’t live up to the expectation of the club. Therefore, after two seasons with moderate performance, he was loaned to Bayern Munich in 2019. After two years from his transfer to Barcelona, his best performance comes with his former club Bayern Munich at 2019-20 champions. During his loan season with the Bavarians, he plays around 23 matches where he scores around eight scores. Therefore, he plays an important part to win the champions league for Bayern Munich.

In addition, he also scores and provided an assist against his parent club in the semi-finals of the champions league. After finishing his loan period at Baye rn, Coutinho returns to Barcelona. But his first season at Camp Nou after the return was not that good because he suffered an injury. For which he has to go long season out for the treatment.

In the next season, Coutinho has the opportunity to be Barcelona’s main player after their star and legend player Lionel Messi left the club this summer. Above all, Coutinho has lifted two la Liga titles, two Spanish titles and one Copa Del Rey with Barcelona.


2. Paul Pogba

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The French midfielder Paul Pogba is another one of the most expensive Football midfielders in the history after Philippi Coutinho. Because of his class and quality Pogba get a whopping transfer move of €105 million amount from Juventus to Manchester United in the 2016 summer. But the Frenchmen performance in Manchester United is not up to the mark according to his quality and class from 200 games for the English club. His best performance came in the 2019-20 season, by providing 16 goal contributions in 42 league matches. The Frenchmen scored 38 goals and provided 42 assists in his list of tallies


He can play in three different positions of midfielders as an attacking mid, defensive mid or central mid. However, the Frenchman is mainly deployed as the central mid in both clubs and for his national side. Moreover, Pogba started his senior club career with Manchester United itself in the year 2011-12 season. During his one season with Manchester United, he gets to play only three matches and in the next season, he was brought by an Italian club Juventus FC. After completing 4 seasons with Juventus Fc he returns to his first senior career club Manchester United in 2016.


The 28 years old midfielder has won three major trophies with the club. In addition, La Pioche shows a good performance recently in their Euro 2020 campaign with France. But they got knocked in the quarterfinals match against Switzerland.

3. Frenkie De Jong

Paul Pogba

The Dutchman and the Former Star Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is at the no.3 list of most expensive football midfielders list in the history after his fairy tale run from the qualifier to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19/season. After his brilliant performance with Ajax in the Champions League. De Jong gets a transfer move amount of €86 million from Catalan giants Barcelona in 2019.

He is the second Barcelona player on the list of expensive football midfielders after Philipe Coutinho. De Jong becomes the main starter player of Barcelona after he arrives at Camp Nou. He played nearly 100 matches for Barcelona in three seasons. The Dutch midfielder scored 9 goals and providing 13 assists for the club. He has the best passing stats in the last season of La Liga along with his teammate Sergio Busquets. Frenkie is one of the main midfielders of the Barcelona squad because he functions the midfield with Busquests.

He won one Spanish cup and one Copa Del Rey cup with the club. He is the mainstream of Barcelona after his captain, Lionel Messi in the previous years. Therefore after Messi leaves the club he will be the major lead for the team. Above all, 2021-22 La Liga season is started and in the first match, Freinke already provided one assist for the team in the match against Real Sociedad.


4. Kai Havertz

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The young German midfielder also comes on the list of the most expensive football midfielders in history. The young Kai Havertz is one of the best midfielders at present. Chelsea bought him with the whopping transfer amount of €80 million from Bayer Leverkusen in the 2020 summer.

The young German footballer is one of the rising midfielders in the modern era of football. Apart from midfield, he can also be deployed in a striking position. So he shows in the UEFA Champions League and his recent Euro 2020 campaign with Germany. In the final match at UEFA Champions League Havertz is the only goal scorer in the match that makes the difference between Chelsea and Manchester City. He becomes more advance under coach Thomas Tuchel. He has 4 goals and 3 assists in 27 appearances Havertz won one Champions League title with the club.


In addition, recently Kai again wins a UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea. In the new Premier League season of 2021-22 Kai Havertz team Chelsea made a strong start with two wins in their last two games. So, they are the leaders in the points table with five-goal differences.

5. Zinedine Zidane

The former France and Real Madrid legend midfielder Zinedine Zidane is one of the biggest stars in the history of football who grace the midfield position in the game. He is the fifth position of most expensive football midfielders list in the history of football. After Real Madrid bought Zidane from Juventus with the transfer amount of €77.5 million in 2001. Zinedine is not only one of the greatest footballer but also he is one of the best coach in the modern era of football.

In the world of football he is recognized as playmaker for his vision of passing, controlling the ball and his techniques. Moreover, the Frenchmen midfielder scored 49 goals and provided 68 assists in over 227 appearances for the club. He won one Champions League title, one Spanish Cup, 1 Spanish super cup, one intercontinental cup, one super cup and a Ballon’d or award with the club.

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