During the summer transfer period, the Dutch clubs sold players a record amount of 357 million euros. That is good for seventh place in the global ranking published by FIFA on Friday. France leads the ranking with 790 million euros in transfer income.
The Dutch record amount of 357 million euros is mainly due to the transfers from Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who each went 75 million euros from Ajax to FC Barcelona and Juventus respectively.
Apart from France, Spain (726 million euros), England (725 million euros), Portugal (514 million euros), Germany (407 million euros) and Italy (400 million euros) are above the Netherlands. The high position of Portugal is partly the result of the transfer of João Félix, which Benfica sold for 126 million euros to Atlético Madrid.
Nineteen-year-old Portuguese is also the most expensive player of a total of 8,935 football players who made a transfer this summer. That number is good for an increase of 4.8 percent compared to 2018. Incidentally, no fewer than 81.9 percent of the transfers did not pay a transfer fee.
Highest total transfer income
- 1. France - € 790 million
- 2. Spain - EUR 726 million
- 3. England - € 725 million
- 4. Portugal - EUR 514 million
- 5. Germany - EUR 407 million
- 6. Italy - EUR 400 million
- 7. The Netherlands - 357 million euros
João Félix is with 126 million euros the most expensive player of this summer. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Dutch clubs spent 104 million euros
The Netherlands is much lower on the list of transfer expenses. The Dutch clubs spent a total of 104 million euros and that is good for ninth place. In addition to the top countries, Portugal (€ 138 million), Belgium (€ 150 million) and Russia (€ 210 million) spent more on transfers.
The 104 million in the Netherlands is mainly due to Ajax, which spent 58 million euros on players such as Quincy Promes (15.7 million euros), Edson Álvarez (15 million euros) and Razvan Marin (12.5 million euros).
England leads the list of transfer expenses with more than 1.2 billion euros, although that is 7.5 percent less than last year. More than one billion was also spent in Spain, with Real Madrid as the largest buyer. The Madrilenians spent 308 million euros and that is the most of all the clubs in the world.
Highest total transfer expenses
- 1. England - EUR 1,224 billion
- 2. Spain - EUR 1.057 billion
- 3. Italy - EUR 632 million
- 4. Germany - EUR 522 million
- 5. France - EUR 515 million
- 6. Russia - € 210 million
- 7. Belgium - € 150 million
- 8. Portugal - EUR 138 million
- 9. The Netherlands - € 104 million