Jude Bellingham to Borussia Dortmund: The 30 most expensive players aged 18 or under

Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham was officially unveiled as a Borussia Dortmund player on Monday.

The highly-rated Englishman is the latest talent from the country to seal a move to the German top-flight, following in the footsteps of soon-to-be club colleague Jadon Sancho.

Bellingham is revered as one of the finest young players in world football right now after his breakthrough season with Birmingham City in 2019/20.

In his 40 appearances in the Championship, the versatile midfielder scored four goals and assisted another three.

It's no surprise that the eyes of Europe's elite were fixated on the Stourbridge-born teenager, with Dortmund having to cough up a sizeable transfer fee to fend off the advances of Manchester United.

Bellingham with Dortmund

There's still some debate over the initial fee paid for Bellingham, but it's believed the deal could rise to around £30m.

But that's far from the most a club has paid for a player aged 18 or under.

Below, we've provided the 30 most expensive players ever within that age group, with Bellingham currently 11th on the list.

All data sourced from Transfermarkt

Kabak with Schalke

30. Ozan Kabak, Galatasary to Stuttgart

Age: 18

Season: 2018/19

Fee: €11m

29. Mateo Kovacic, Dinamo Zagreb to Inter Milan

Age: 18

Season: 2012/13

Fee: €11m

28. Paulo Dybala, Instituto to Palermo

Age: 18

Season: 2012/12

Fee: €11.9m

27. Breno, Sao Paolo to Bayern Munich

Age: 18

Season: 2007/08

Fee: €12m

26. Ezequiel Barco, Independiente to Atlanta United

Age: 18

Season: 2017/18

Fee: €12.3m

Barca with Atlanta

25. Bruma, Sporting Lisbon to Galatasaray

Age: 18

Season: 2013/14

Fee: €13m

24. Lucas Ocampos, River Plate to AS Monaco

Age: 18

Season: 2012/13

Fee: €13m

23. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Southampton to Arsenal

Age: 17

Season: 2011/12

Fee: €13.8m

22. Diego Lainez, America to Real Betis

Age: 18

Season: 2018/19

Fee: €14m

21. Valeri Bojinov, Lecce to Fiorentina

Age: 18

Season: 2004/05

Fee: €14m

Bojinov with Man City

20. Sebastien Frey, Cannes to Inter Milan

Age: 18

Season: 1998/99

Fee: €14m

19. Gareth Bale, Southampton to Tottenham

Age: 17

Season: 2007/08

Fee: €14.7m

18. Romelu Lukaku, Anderlecht to Chelsea

Age: 18

Season: 2011/12

Fee: €15m

17. Paulinho, Vasco de Gama to Bayer Leverkusen

Age: 18

Season: 2018/19

Fee: €18.5m

16. Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United

Age: 18

Season: 2003/04

Fee: €19m

Ronaldo with Man Utd

15. Willem Geubbels, Lyon to AS Monaco

Age: 16

Season: 2018/19

Fee: €20m

14. Stephan El Shaarawy, Genoa to AC Milan

Age: 18

Season: 2011/12

Fee: €20.3m

13. Pietro Pellergi, Genoa to AS Monaco

Age: 16

Season: 2017/18

Fee: €20.9m

12. Sergio Aguero, Independiente to Atletico Madrid

Age: 18

Season: 2006/07

Fee: €21.7m

11. Jude Bellingham, Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund

Age: 17

Season: 2020/21

Fee: €23m

Bellingham with Birmingham

10. Alexandre Pato, Internacional to AC Milan

Age: 17

Season: 2007/08

Fee: €24m

9. William Saliba, Saint-Etienne to Arsenal

Age: 18

Season: 2019/20

Fee: €30m

8. Reinier, Flamengo to Real Madrid

Age: 18

Season: 2019/20

Fee: €30m

7. Antonio Cassano, Bari to AS Roma

Age: 18

Season: 2001/02

Fee: €31m

6. Alessandro Bastoni, Atalanta to Inter Milan

Age: 18

Season: 2017/18

Fee: €31.1m

Bastoni with Inter

5. Renato Sanches, Benfica to Bayern Munich

Age: 18

Season: 2016/17

Fee: €35m

4. Wayne Rooney, Everton to Manchester United

Age: 18

Season: 2004/05

Fee: €37m

3. Luke Shaw, Southampton to Manchester United

Age: 18

Season: 2014/15

Fee: €37.5m

2. Rodrygo Goes, Santos to Real Madrid

Age: 18

Season: 2019/20

Fee: €45m

1. Vinicius Junior, Flamengo to Real Madrid

Age: 18

Season: 2018/19

Fee: €45m

Vinicius with Real Madrid

Amazingly, Real Madrid have spent €30m or more on three Brazilian players aged 18 or under in the past two years.

It's also hard to believe the Inter Milan were coughing up a fee of €14m for a teenage goalkeeper before the turn of the century - madness.

The list also puts into perspective just how expensive Rooney's move to United back in the summer of 2004 was.

Sixteen years on and the transfer is still the fourth most paid for a player aged 18 or under. Thankfully for the Red Devils, he was worth every single penny!

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