With the summer transfer window in full swing, deals and speculation are dominating the headlines on the back pages throughout the world's media. As expected the vultures are circling both Barcelona and Real Madrid, scaveging for their pound of flesh as the new generation exchanges for a higher premium than ever before.
Few would argue that Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of the greatest clubs in the history of world football and for those that do, well then look at the stats which quite frankly don't suggest otherwise.
Between them they have won 58 League titles, 45 Spanish Cups and 14 European / Champions League titles amongst others.
They also occupy the top two positions in the world game as the wealthiest football clubs, by some distance I might add, and as their popularity continues to soar, so will their financial value and their ability to remain ahead of the rest when it comes to paying what they want, for who they want, when they want.
Bale, Ronaldo, Kaka, Zidane and Figo for Madrid, Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Villa, Alves and Fabregas for Barcelona are buys that amount to over £400 million pounds over the last 13 years, and that does not include the impending arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool to Barcelona for around £75 million.
The mind boggles at the thought of what will be written in a similar vain 10 years down the line?
What we are going to focus on in this article are the top five players sold by the Catalan giants.
Over the last 14 years, Barcelona's top five incoming players cost around £248 million, including the Suarez deal, while their top five outgoing players recouped just £177 million! (Give or take)
£71 million doesn't seem a bad investment for 21 trophies during this period.
Here are the top 5 most expensive players Barcelona have sold.