Arguably the greatest keeper of this generation and one of the best ever; Buffon broke the transfer market when he became the costliest goalkeeper back in 2001 when Juventus signed him from Parma for a fee of £44.95 million.
He has been through Juventus’s thick and thin and is an absolute fan favourite. However, there is only one trophy that has eluded his cabinet, and it is the Champions League one. He missed out on three different occasions.
Back when Dani Alves joined Barcelona from Sevilla where he won a plethora of awards, Dani was the costliest fullback ever to be signed. The £30.41 million will now seem to be a bargain after what Alves had helped Barcelona achieve during his time.
His defensive solidity, when paired with the Brazilian flair makes him one of the best in his position. He currently plies his trade for Seria A side Juventus.
Resembling Weird Al in hairstyle, Luiz’s signing for PSG surprised everyone, and the price tag attached to him made it baffling. His signing from Chelsea had cost PSG a humongous £32.48 million, making him the costliest defender ever for a brief period.
He enjoyed initial success with PSG, but his constant want to go up field leaving vacant areas in defence made him face criticism. After a two-year spell in France, he returned to Chelsea and had fared well under Conte.
Right now the costliest defender is John Stones. A bright young centre back who excels at ball under his feet, Stones’ quality earned him a £47.26 million move to Manchester City from Everton. He has always been Pep’s favourite and has started regularly this term.
However, his form remains in question. Despite the big money move and his remarkable ball playing ability, Stones has always found himself in the firing line for City’s lacklustre defence. He has age on his side, and Pep would look to bring the best out of him.
The English left back suffered a horrendous leg injury that almost ended his career, but has recovered and featured sporadically for Mourinho’s United. His £31.13million move to United from Southampton came as a surprise, but there is no doubting his technical ability.
The stocky built Shaw has sheer pace with brutal power and brilliant technical prowess. More like a typical modern day full-back who loves to venture forward time and time again, Shaw has been overlooked by Mourinho this term, but he has got all the abilities to win the Portuguese’s, heart.
The Dab king is also the costliest player in the world, period. His move from Juventus to Manchester United cost £89.25 million. He has been a regular starter for Mourinho and has the potential to become one of the greatest central midfielders.
He has done well in his first season, although the big money move meant that fans and critics would want to see him score more goals, assist, and play all over the field. Pogba can certainly make it big, but the hefty price tag can be a burden at times.
The wonder kid from Colombia, James lit up the 2014 World Cup with his skills and extraordinary left foot. His exploits earned him a big money move to Real Madrid from AS Monaco costing the former £63.75 million.
He featured heavily under Carlo Ancelotti, but went down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez and later Zinedine Zidane. James has made it clear that he would leave Real for a better game time, and he can ruffle the transfer market yet again.
The Welsh superstar was the costliest player for a brief time beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s price tag when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £85.85 million. Gareth Bale has enjoyed his time at the capital of Spain, but his injuries have started blighting his career.
He has won 3 Champions League with Real Madrid and played a significant part in all of them. However, there might be a transfer on the cards as he has fallen behind Isco, and Real Madrid has shown a desire to sell him if they receive a fruitful bid.
Competing with Lionel Messi for the greatest player ever, Ronaldo has been the focal point of all Real Madrid trophy celebrations since 2009. When he joined the Los Blancos from Manchester United for a fee of £79.9 million, people thought Perez might have gone overboard, but little did they know about him.
The talismanic Portuguese has helped Real won the elusive La Decima and later helped them win the next two as well. He has turned into the best centre-forward right now, and his bid for the greatest ever is growing stronger. Quite a bargain Mr. Perez!
Gonzalo might have faced the wrath of Argentine faithful, but his club career has been tremendous. He had previously plied his trade for Real Madrid and was part of a potent Madrid attack forming Kaka, Ronaldo, and Benzema.
He went on to play for Lazio, and then came the big money move to Juventus that cost the latter £76.5 million. Higuain has amassed over 20+ goals this season and was a key part of Juventus’s run to the Champions League final this season.
Quite possibly the next greatest player of this generation, Neymar is a sight to behold. He reminisces of Jogo Bonito, and the lanky Brazilian is excellent when it comes to technical ability paired with many tricks and flicks. His move to Barcelona from Santos was under the scanner but is expected to be around £74.97 million.
He has been the part of the formidable and perhaps the greatest trio of this century, MSN. His partnership and friendship with Suarez and Messi has helped Barcelona tighten their grip over European football.