Top 10 most expensive transfers since 2015 – and how they performed after moving

Transfer records have been smashed time and time again in the 21st century, but spending has really ramped up since 2015.

11 of the world's 13 most expensive transfer deals of all-time have taken place in the last six years.

They include Neymar's £198million switch from Barcelona to PSG and Paul Pogba's £89million reunion with Manchester United in 2016.

But who are the 10 most expensive transfers in the world since 2015 – and how have they performed after their respective moves?

Daily Star Sport have decided to delve into the money-spinning world of mega transfer fees and take a look.

Neymar – £198million

Paris Saint-Germain shattered the previous transfer record of £89million to bring Neymar to the French capital in 2017.

The Ligue Un club paid a colossal £198million to sign the Brazilian superstar from Barcelona in a move which shocked the world.

No-one thought any club would ever break the £100million barrier, but PSG showed their spending power and then some.

Neymar's time in Paris has largely been a success, with the 29-year-old winning everything on offer bar the Champions League.

He has been a talismanic figure for the club, although it has been difficult for him to share the limelight with Kylian Mbappe.

Kylian Mbappe – £163million

If you've already spent £198million on one striker, what's the harm in splashing out £163million on another 12 months later?

That's the fee PSG paid to Monaco to secure the services of Mbappe in 2018, warding off Real Madrid in the process.

The 22-year-old has been an unqualified success since the move and has proven himself as the heir apparent to Neymar.

He has won nine trophies so far with the Parisians, plus a World Cup with France and scored upwards of 150 goals in the process.

There's no telling just how good Mbappe could eventually become, but one thing is certain, the only way is up for the youngster.

Philippe Coutinho – £105million

Coutinho's dream move to Barcelona has turned into a nightmare since he made the switch from Liverpool in 2018.

Liverpool's two-time Players' Player of the Year has made fewer than 100 appearances in his time at the Nou Camp.

His spell with the Catalan club is perhaps best summed up by his temporary stint at Bayern Munich during the 2019-20 season.

The Brazilian produced his best performance as a Barcelona player while on a season-long loan at the Allianz Arena.

Unfortunately for Lionel Messi and co. that performance was for Bayern against Barca in their infamous 8-2 Champions League loss.

Joao Felix – £114.1million

Atletico Madrid put their faith in potential when they paid Benfica £114.1million for a then-19-year-old Joao Felix in 2019.

He has repaid a decent chunk of that fee already with some promising performances, but it's impossible to judge him just yet.

Match-winning goals against RB Salzburg and an equaliser against Bayern Munich in the Champions League showed his talent.

But Felix is two years into a seven-year deal with Diego Simeone's men, so you can be sure there'll be plenty more to come.

Antoine Griezmann – £107million

Griezmann swapped Atletico for Barcelona in 2017 but has struggled to perform during his time at the Nou Camp.

The Frenchman has played second fiddle to both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi since his switch, which hasn't helped the matter.

While at Atletico, Griezmann fired in 133 goals in 257 matches, which equates to a scoring rate slightly better than 1 in 2.

For Barcelona, however, the 29-year-old is averaging the wrong side of 1 in 3, which goes to show his problems.

His form has improved throughout the 2020-21 season, but at the moment his mega-move has to be marked down as a failure.

Ousmane Dembele – £97million

It's not unusual for clubs to bank on potential when it comes to colossal transfer fees, but it doesn't always go according to plan.

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Barcelona (yes, them again) forked out £97million on a then-20-year-old Dembele while he was at Borussia Dortmund.

The striker's time at the Nou Camp has been dogged by injury, and Barca haven't seen much return on their investment.

He has made less than 50 league starts since the move, while he has just 25 goals across all competition in four years.

Paul Pogba – £89million

Manchester United paid Juventus £89million for Pogba's services in 2016 having let him go four years earlier on a free transfer.

His time at Old Trafford hasn't exactly been a disaster, but there's a feeling the maverick midfield could've achieved so much more.

He's a Rolls Royce of a player who's capable of running the game on his own; he just doesn't have the consistency required to do it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got a tune out of him this season, although accusations remain over laziness and an uncaring attitude.

That being said, Pogba has made over 150 appearances since his return and chipped in with a healthy total of 36 goals too.

Eden Hazard – £89million

Much like Coutinho and Barcelona, Hazard's dream move to Real Madrid has turned into something of a nightmare.

The Belgian forward made the switch from Chelsea in 2019, but has been unable to stay fit at the Bernabeu.

He has been plagued by injury since the move and has made just 35 appearances across the last two seasons.

With three years still to run on his Real Madrid contract, Hazard will be hopeful of a change in luck some time soon.

Cristiano Ronaldo – £80million

Ronaldo is responsible for two of the most 11 expensive transfers of all-time – but it's his move to Juventus which gets him on this list.

One of the best players in the history of the game swapped the Bernabeu for the Allianz Stadium in 2018 and hasn't looked back.

The Portugal star has already fired in close to 100 goals for Juventus and was named Serie A Football of the Year in 2019.

He has also won two Serie A titles since the switch, although he has yet been unable to lead Juve to Champions League glory.

That achievement could come this season, but until then he still remains one of the best players on the planet.

Gonzalo Higuain – £75.3million

Higuain excelled in Maurizio Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side, which prompted Juventus into a £75.3million move for the striker.

He led the line well for the Italian giants and scored an impressive 66 goals in 147 appearances across four seasons.

The Argentina ace was also named Juventus' MVP for both 2016-17 and 2017-18, but moved on loan shortly after.

AC Milan briefly acquired Higuain's services in 2018 before he was reunited with Sarri at Chelsea in January 2019.

He now plies his trade in MLS with David Beckham's Inter Miami.

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