Every single summer there is talk that the transfer record will be broken. It began with an £80million bid from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, before Gareth Bale and then Paul Pogba broke the record.
If you ask us it’s silly money, but it’s pretty damn exciting.
This summer it’s the turn of French youngster Kylian Mbappe to be linked with a world-record transfer following a superb 2017 with Monaco. Whilsy his potential move is just whispers at the moment, it could be yet another record-breaking deal in what may prove to be the most expensive footballing summer in living memory.
With the idea of the ridiculously expensive in mind, what better way to celebrate this flagrant throwing around of money than by compiling the world’s most expensive XI by position; you’re welcome:
Ederson Moraes – £35 million
He doesn't have much to live up to, replacing Claudio Bravo. He is the most expensive goalkeeper in pounds now though, but Gianluigi Buffon still holds the record in Euros due to exchange rates. Image Source: Twitter
David Luiz – £50 million
Luiz left Chelsea for PSG for a ridiculous amount. The French side then basically made him better and sold him for less. Madness. Image Source: Twitter
Victor Lindelof – £30.7 million
The man many Manchester United supporters hope will solve their shaky backline. He has a lot to live up to. Image Source: Twitter
John Stones – £47.5 million
Yeah, we are still scratching our heads on that fee, too. Image Source: Twitter
Gareth Bale – £85 million
Criticised by some sections of the Real Madrid fans, but that happens to Ronaldo, too. On his day, unplayable. Image Source: Twitter
Paul Pogba – £89 million
The world's most expensive player. This season could be make or break for him at Manchester United. Image Source: Twitter
Kevin De Bruyne – £55 million
Chelsea's huge loss was Manchester City's gain. He does everything you could want from an attacking midfielder, he scores, assists, passes and wins games for the Sky Blues.
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James Rodriguez – £63 million
That World Cup campaign in 2014 saw Real Madrid part with a lot of money, but he is facing more doubt over his future this summer. Image Source: Twitter
Cristiano Ronaldo – £80 million
Worth every penny. He may be leaving Spain this summer, but he should go down as the greatest Real Madrid player ever. Image Source: Twitter
Luis Suarez – £75.2 million
While he does have the odd moment where he gets hungry on the job, he is possibly the most deadly out-and-out striker in the world today. Image Source: Twitter
Gonzalo Higuain – £75.3 million
Even if he was a bit chubby before, he is still a goal machine and Juventus are a far better team for having him. Image Source: Twitter
There you have it. Obviously a 3-5-2 formation isn’t exactly traditional, but we feel that more midfielders and attackers deserved to make their way into the team. The strike power of the side is simply astounding and there is some real creativity in the middle of the park too.
Is it the strongest of defences though? Probably not. Ederson and Lindelof’s abilities are yet to be assessed in the most competitive league in the world, while Stones struggled massively last term at City. The only man that shone of the four was David Luiz, but his early days at Chelsea allude to the fact that he does have a mistake in him.
Interestingly, this team may look very different by the end of the summer. Real Madrid, Manchester City and United will surely continue to strengthen their side, while Chelsea have been ominously quiet so far.
Will Kylian Mbappe be in the side come September?