Transfer fees in football have risen to exorbitant levels in the last couple of decades. Jean Pierre Papin's £10 million transfer from Marseille to AC Milan 20 years ago broke the record held by Roberto Baggio.

Since then, the transfer fees have broken all barriers and currently a certain Cristiano Ronaldo stands as the most expensive player in the world following an £80 million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

GMS Academy member Ravi Teja selects an XI made up of players who have been sold for the highest transfer fee in each respective position. To accommodate more attacking talent, a 3-5-2 formation has been chosen.

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (£30m, Parma to Juventus)

The Italian stopper remains the most expensive goal keeper in the world since his transfer in 2001. The 2006 World-cup winner went on to win four Scudettos with the Turin based club. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the UEFA club footballer of the year award. 

RCB: Marquinhos (£31m, Roma to PSG)

The youngest player, at the time of transfer, on this list. The 19-year-old is one of the most promising young talent in world football. After drawing interest from Barcelona, the Brazil U-17 international has joined the Paris Saint-Germain. 

CB: Rio Ferdinand (£30m, Leeds United to Manchester United)

Ferdinand remains the most expensive English player in football. Following his move in 2002, he has gone on to win 10 major trophies under with Manchester United including six Premier Leagues and a Champions League victory in 2008.

LCB: Thiago Silva (£35m, AC Milan to PSG)

Another Brazilian who was linked with Barcelona before joining PSG in 2012. The most expensive defender in the world has won league titles in both Italy and France.

The 28-year-old has finally established himself in the Brazil national team after winning the Confederations Cup and Olympic silver in 2012.

RCM: Javi Martinez (£34m, Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich)

The 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro winner with Spain, has quickly established himself in the Bavarian Midfield under Jupp Heynckes. The Basque born star has won a historic treble in his first season. Just 24, he is here to stay and be the future of Spanish football. 

LCM: Zinedine Zidane (£46m, Juventus to Real Madrid)

Zidane is considered as one of the greatest players in football and was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years by UEFA. He won two league titles in Italy before his then world record move in 2001.

He followed it with La Liga and Champions League titles with Madrid club. The 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euro winner has three FIFA world player of the year awards and a Ballon d'Or.

LM: Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m, Manchester United to Real Madrid)

The most expensive player in the world has an incredible goal scoring record with the Spanish club, 201 in 199. The 2008 FIFA World player of the year has won three league titles in England and La Liga with Madrid.

He also helped United win the Champions League in 2008. With 104 Portugal caps, he is the third youngest european to win 100 caps for his country.

CAM: Kaka (£56m, AC Milan to Real Madrid)

The 2007 Ballon d'Or and Fifa World Player of the Year Award winner joined Madrid in a then world record deal. The 2002 World Cup winner has helped Milan win Serie A, Champions League and Club World Cup before adding a Liga title with Los Blancos. His influence was curtailed by a recurring injuries.

RM: Luis Figo (£37m, Barcelona to Real Madrid)

Figo is on of the few footballers to have won the La Liga with both Barcelona and Real Madrid. He had a successful career in Spain highlighted by four La Liga and a Champions League title.

A move to Inter Milan followed where he won four consecutive Serie A titles between 2005 and 2009. He finished his career with 127 international caps and 32 goals for Portugal.

RF: Edinson Cavani (£55m, Napoli to PSG)

The Uruguayan international has joined PSG after a prolonged transfer saga, with the French club triggering the buyout clause in his contract with Napoli.

The 26-year-old has an impressive scoring record, having scored 104 goals in 138 matches for the Naples based club. His signing is set to turn PSG into huge Champions League favourites.

LF: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£59m, Inter Milan to Barcelona)

Another PSG star in the line-up, but he is here because of the huge cash outlay by Barcelona to bring the Swedish international to Camp Nou.

He has won the league title in each of the four countries he has played in, twowith Ajax, three with Inter Milan and title with each of AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

He is the only player to have scored with six different teams in the Champions League but the title itself remain elusive for the big Swede.

Manager: Andre Villas Boas (£13m, Porto to Chelsea)

Roman Abramovich paid Porto via Villas-Boas to activate a release clause free him from his contract with Porto. This association between Chelsea and the Europa League winning manager did not last even a season. Following that, Tottenham Hotspur have snapped up the Portuguese.


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