World football’s most expensive XI

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With Kyle Walker signing for Manchester City, the England full-back has become the world’s most expensive right-back after completing his move from Tottenham.

In turn, he slots into a team of football’s costliest players by position which features some of the game’s greatest ever talents.

Combined, the side cost £669.25m to assemble – with the inclusion of seven substitutes listed in the positions they typically might be for a match taking the amount to over £1bn.

Using Sky Sports’ data, here’s a look at who makes it into the team based on how much they were sold for in their biggest transfers.

Goalkeeper – Ederson (Benfica to Manchester City, £34.7m)

Ederson was Pep Guardiola's second signing of the summer for Manchester City
Ederson was Pep Guardiola’s second signing of the summer for Manchester City

Ederson became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper just last month when he signed a five-year deal with Manchester City in a move from Benfica. He is now expected to be the club’s first choice in the position ahead of Claudio Bravo, signed for £17.1m from Barcelona last summer.

Right-back – Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Manchester City, £50m)

City have moved for Walker after a failed attempt to bring in Dani Alves from Juventus
City have moved for Walker after a failed attempt to bring in Dani Alves from Juventus

The total cost of the deal which has taken Walker to the Etihad almost doubles the previous record for a right-back, the £27.1m Real Madrid paid Benfica for Fabio Coentrao in 2011. The Portugal international moved to Benfica’s fierce rivals Sporting Lisbon on loan this month.

Centre-back – David Luiz (Chelsea to PSG, £50m)

David Luiz is back at Chelsea following his world-record departure from Stamford Bridge in 2014
David Luiz is back at Chelsea following his world-record departure from Stamford Bridge in 2014

Luiz’s move to PSG in 2014 represents terrific business for Chelsea, especially as they were able to buy the Brazil international back for £20m less just two years later. He played a key role in their Premier League title win last season, the club’s fifth in 12 years.

Centre-back – John Stones (Everton to Manchester City, £50m)

John Stones was a key part of Guardiola's team rebuild when he arrived at Manchester City
John Stones was a key part of Guardiola’s team rebuild when he arrived at Manchester City

The total package which took Stones to City amounts to £50m, with Everton receiving an initial £47.5m when the defender signed a six-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s team last summer. He made 23 Premier League starts in his first campaign at the club, with four more outings off the bench.

Left-back – Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United, £28m)

Luke Shaw has struggled to hold down a place at Manchester United but remains the world's priciest left-back
Luke Shaw has struggled to hold down a place at Manchester United but remains the world’s priciest left-back

Somewhat surprisingly, the £28m Manchester United paid Southampton for Shaw three years ago remains the highest fee paid for a left-back in world football. That makes him the cheapest player in the team – and thus his status within it is probably under threat most.

Right wing – Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United, £59.7m)

Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring at Leicester but he could not justify his price tag during his time at United
Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring at Leicester but he could not justify his price tag during his time at United

Di Maria features twice near the top of the list of highest football transfer fees given he also cost PSG £44.3m when he left United but it’s the £59.7m which took him to Old Trafford for his sole season in Manchester which secures him a place on the right wing of the world’s costliest team.

Central midfield – Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, £93.25m)

Paul Pogba cost a world-record fee after previously being allowed to leave Manchester United for free to continue his career at Juventus
Paul Pogba cost a world-record fee after previously being allowed to leave Manchester United for free to continue his career at Juventus

The current world record holder for the highest ever transfer fee, Pogba moved back to United from Juventus for a total cost of £93.25m last year. Will his mark be surpassed this summer? It has not come close to happening yet – but there’s little sign of summer spending tailing off either.

Central midfield – James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid, £63m)

James Rodriguez will spend the next two seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez will spend the next two seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich

Rodriguez signed for Real from Monaco off the back of an impressive series of displays for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but has struggled to justify his £63m fee as he has failed to hold down a regular place. He is now starting a two-year loan in Germany with Bayern Munich.

Left wing – Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid, £85.3m)

Gareth Bale's impressive form for Tottenham won him a huge transfer to Real Madrid four years ago
Gareth Bale’s impressive form for Tottenham won him a huge transfer to Real Madrid four years ago

Bale’s £85.3m transfer fee stands as the highest amount received by a British club following his switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013. He has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu and at 27, the Welsh international would cost big money to acquire were he to move on again.

Forward – Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus, £75.3m)

Gonzalo Higuain's goals at home and abroad have shown why Juventus paid £75.3m for him last year
Gonzalo Higuain’s goals at home and abroad have shown why Juventus paid £75.3m for him last year

Perhaps due to the rounding up of the differing Euro rate against the pound as much as anything, Higuain’s move from Napoli to Juventus keeps Romelu Lukaku out of the starting line-up by a mere £300,000. He scored 24 goals in Serie A for the Champions League finalists last season.

Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80m)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of Real Madrid's greatest ever players but could he move on this summer?
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players but could he move on this summer?

Still the world’s most expensive striker after his transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid eight years ago, Ronaldo is unhappy at being accused of tax fraud in Spain and could move on. He’ll cost much more than £80m though, with claims of a £1bn release clause in his contract.

The world's most expensive football team cost a total of £669.25m to assemble
The world’s most expensive football team cost a total of £669.25m to assemble

Substitutes

Goalkeeper – Gianluigi Buffon (Parma to Juventus – £32.6m)
Defender – Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia to Arsenal – £35m)
Midfielder – Kaka (AC Milan to Real Madrid – £59m)
Midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Man City – £54.5m)
Midfielder – Zinedine Zidane (Juventus to Real Madrid – £47.2m)
Forward – Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Man Utd – £75m)
Forward – Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona – £65m)

Source: Sky Sports

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