Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale: Most expensive XI ever


Paul Pogba has finally completed his world record £89m transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

The France international has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, becoming Jose Mourinho's fourth major signing of the summer.

The £89m fee puts him ahead of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, and it could rise even higher with add-ons.

Let's take a look at where Pogba fits into our most expensive XI...


We start in goal with Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, who moved from Parma to Juventus for £32.6m in 2001 and remains the most expensive goalkeeper 15 years later.

His defence is marshalled by David Luiz, who left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain in a £40m deal, and John Stones, who just sealed his £47.5m move from Everton to Manchester City.

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Image: Luke Shaw came through the Southampton academy before moving to Man Utd
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The full-back positions are occupied by Lilian Thuram and Luke Shaw. Former France international Thuram left Parma for Juve alongside team-mate Buffon, while Shaw became the most expensive left-back ever when he moved from Southampton to Man Utd two years ago.

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In midfield, Pogba is joined by James Rodriguez, who made a £63m move from Monaco to Real Madrid having starred at the 2014 World Cup with Colombia

James Rodriguez of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal
Image: James Rodriguez starred at the 2014 World Cup before moving to Real Madrid

Our 4-2-3-1 formation comes into its own up front, allowing us to play three forwards behind a main striker.

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring against Man City
Image: Gareth Bale also came through the Southampton academy, before moving on to Tottenham and then Real Madrid
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Gareth Bale is guaranteed a spot having become the most expensive player in football history when he moved from Tottenham to Real for £85.3m in 2013, eclipsing Cristiano Ronaldo's previous world-record mark.

The Portugal international moved from Man Utd to Real for £80m, while Neymar is the third attacker thanks to his £73.7m move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

Barcelona forward Neymar celebrates
Image: Neymar has formed a potent partnership at Barcelona with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

Until recently, the central striker position would have been occupied by Luis Suarez of Barcelona, but Gonzalo Higuain's record-breaking move earned the former Napoli man the leading place.

His £75.3m transfer to Juve is more than £10m more than Barca paid Liverpool for Suarez two summers ago.

Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates after scoring his team's second goal goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa
Image: Gonzalo Higuain eclipses Luis Suarez as the most expensive striker

Top 10 most expensive transfers

  1. Paul Pogba
    Juventus to Manchester United - £89m
  2. Gareth Bale
    Tottenham to Real Madrid - £85.3m
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo 
    Man Utd to Real Madrid - £80m
  4. Gonzalo Higuain 
    Napoli to Juventus - £75.3m
  5. Neymar
    Santos to Barcelona - £73.7m
  6. Luis Suarez 
    Liverpool to Barcelona - £65m
  7. James Rodriguez 
    Monaco to Real Madrid - £63m
  8. Angel Di Maria 
    Real Madrid to Man Utd - £59.7m
  9. Kaka
    AC Milan to Real Madrid - £59m
  10. Edinson Cavani 
    Napoli to PSG - £55m

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