His first attempt having been denied, Spain striker DAVID VILLA of CF Valencia pops the rebound past Portugal goalkeeper EDUARDO (1) of CD Sporting Lisbon for the only goal of the 2010 World Cup Round of Sixteen match at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Europe)
Spain World Cup champion striker DAVID VILLA tops the list of the ten most expensive off-season signings with his move from CF Valencia to FC Barcelona in the Spanish Primera Division ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa having cost 40.0 million Euros last May.
English Premier League club Manchester City, anchored by the economic weight of the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, a United Arab Emirates private equity company owned by U.A.E. Royal Family member Sheikh Mansour bin Zayad Al Nahyan, dominate the following list of Top Ten Most Expensive Transfers in the world of professional — this according to Austria’s largest newspaper, KRONEN ZEITUNG, commonly known as der Krone.
All transfer fees are expressed in Euros :
40.0 — David VILLA — Spain — CF Valencia to FC Barcelona
31.0 — David SILVA — Spain — CF Valencia to Manchester City
30.0 — YaYa TOURE — Ivory Coast — FC Barcelona to Manchester City
29.0 — James MILNER — England — Aston Villa to Manchester City (a)
28.0 — Mario BALOTELLI — Italy — Inter Milan to Manchester City
25.0 — Angel DI MARIA — Argentina — Benfica Lisbon to CF Real Madrid
22.0 — RAMIRES — Brazil — Benfica Lisbon to FC Chelsea
22.0 — Bruno ALVES — Portugal — FC Porto to Zenit St. Petersburg
22.0 — Yoann GOURCUFF — France — Girondins Bordeaux to Olympique Lyon
22.0 — Javier MASCHERANO — Argentina — FC Liverpool to FC Barcelona
(a) Aston Villa reportedly received 19.5 million Euros for JAMES MILNER plus midfielder STEPHEN IRELAND, valued at 9.5 million Euros, from Manchester City