Since the early ‘90s, the football industry has seen a sharp rise in player transfer fees, due in large part to lucrative broadcasting deals. It seemed that each year another promising player had broken the transfer fee record. The current record is held by Gareth Bale, who in 2013 signed a €100 million with Real Madrid.
In April, Firmex released an Infographic comparing the bonuses of top bankers, private equity founders and hedge fund managers in 2013. Collectively the salaries of CEOs at the UK’s top 4 banks totaled £15.9 million – impressive at first glance, but rather underwhelming compared to the fees fetched for some of the world’s biggest football players.
Firmex has brought together the 10 Biggest Transfer Fees of All Time to demonstrate just how much clubs are willing to pay for top talent.