Unveiling Mbappe, Kane, and the Top 10 Most Expensive Strikers in Football History

Kylian Mbappe is the most expensive striker in football history, owing to his €180 million transfer from AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain back in 2018.

The Frenchman originally joined the Parisians on a one-year loan deal, before it was made permanent after one campaign at the Parc des Princes. He is the second most expensive player of all time, behind former PSG team-mate Neymar, and tops the list for the most expensive strikers ever.

Even though he frequently operates on the left, Mbappe is considered a striker given his attacking tendencies and the fact he typically comes into central areas to find goals. He is therefore the most expensive striker of all time.

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Behind the France international on the list is Joao Felix. The Portuguese forward cost the Atletico Madrid a whopping €127.2m when he arrived from his boyhood club Benfica back in 2019.

He was signed by Atleti following an impressive breakout season that included becoming the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick in the Europa League. Felix is another player who isn’t a typical centre forward, but he is classed more as a striker than a winger or midfielder.

Antoine Griezmann’s 2019 transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona makes him the third most expensive striker of all time. He joined the Blaugrana for €120m, but after a failed spell he re-joined Atleti on a permanent for just €20m.

Cristiano Ronaldo is next on the list thanks to his €117m transfer away from Real Madrid in 2018. He joined Serie A giants Juventus for a club-record fee, before leaving the Turin club to re-join Manchester United in 2021.

His move to Real Madrid is not included as he was an out-and-out winger at the time, before moving centrally in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
– Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

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Chelsea’s acquisition of Romelu Lukaku in 2021 sees the Belgian appear in fifth-place in the top 10 most expensive strikers of all time. He cost the Blues €113m when they re-signed him from Inter Milan, but the move has not worked out. He was loaned back to Inter for 2022-23 and then to Roma for 2023-24.

Harry Kane transferred for €100m when he left Tottenham Hotspur for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2023. In the process, Kane became the most expensive Bayern player of all-time.

Harry Kane moved to Bayern for €100m
– Harry Kane moved to Bayern for €100m

Randal Kolo Muani is the seventh-most expensive striker in history, courtesy of his €95m transfer to PSG in 2023. He left Eintracht Frankfurt after just one season at the club, having joined on a free transfer from Nantes.

Gonzalo Higuain’s €90m transfer to Juventus from Napoli is next, followed by another Lukaku deal – this time his move from Everton to Manchester United. That transfer cost the Red Devils €84.7m.

Luis Suarez and Dusan Vlahovic can only be separated by €0.1m, with the Uruguyan joining Barcelona for €81.7m in 2014, while the Serbian signed for Juventus in 2022 for €81.6m. It sees Suarez enter the list in 10th place.

The 10 most expensive strikers of all time

Player Clubs Fee Year
1. Kylian Mbappe AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain €180m 2018
2. Joao Felix Benfica to Atletico Madrid €127.2m 2019
3. Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid to Barcelona €120m 2019
4. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid to Juventus €117m 2018
5. Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan to Chelsea €113m 2021
6. Harry Kane Tottenham to Bayern Munich €100m 2023
7. Randal Kolo Muani Eintracht Frankfurt to PSG €95m 2023
8. Gonzalo Higuain Napoli to Juventus €90m 2016
9. Romelu Lukaku Everton to Manchester United €84.7m 2017
10. Luis Suarez Liverpool to Barcelona €81.7m 2014

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