Most expensive Prem XI ever after inflation revealed… with only TWO current stars making side worth £1.65BILLION | The Sun

THE most expensive Premier League XI of all time has been revealed if transfer fees were adjusted for inflation.

And NONE of them are still playing here.

Money in football has reached an astronomical level as we have seen three players go for over £100million this summer alone.

But just because players used to go for peanuts in comparison doesn’t mean they weren’t “expensive” in their day.

Sky News have adjusted Premier League players’ transfer fees over the years with the transfer market’s inflation rate to estimate what those players value really was at the time.

The updated information has allowed for a new-look “Most Expensive XI of All-Time” with unexpected names thrown into the mix.


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Chelsea and Ukraine star Andriy Shevchenko leads the line as the most expensive Premier League player of all time.

His £30.8million move from AC Milan back in 2006 is estimated be worth an eye-watering £215.6million in today’s market.

Rio Ferdinand slots in at the back as the most expensive Premier League defender of all time and second most expensive player.

When he swapped Leeds United for Manchester United back in 2002 his £29million move was in today’s terms a £198.7million deal.

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The entire team is made up of Chelsea and Manchester United players with a combined worth of £1.64billion.

Graham Le Saux, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Sebastian Veron are amongst some of the shock names who would be worth a fortune in the current market.

More recent players such as Paul Pogba, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Angel Di Maria all make it in alongside the legends from years past.

None of this summer’s big money signings such as Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo would make it anywhere near the starting lineup.

In fact £115million man Caicedo isn’t even in the top 30 players on the list.

Most expensive XI – Values (£1.65BILLION total)

  • GK – Chelsea – Kepa Arrizabalaga – £93m
  • RB – Chelsea – Paulo Ferreira – £92m
  • CB – Chelsea – Ricardo Carvalho – £138m
  • CB – Man Utd – Rio Ferdinand – £199m
  • LB – Chelsea – Graeme Le Saux – £102m
  • CM – Chelsea – Michael Essien – £171m
  • CM – Man Utd – Paul Pogba – £165m
  • CM – Man Utd – Sebastian Veron – £173m
  • RW – Chelsea – Shaun Wright-Phillips – £138m
  • ST – Chelsea – Andriy Shevchenko – £216m
  • LW – Man Utd – Angel Di Maria – £160m

Huge names miss out on a place in the starting XI after getting pipped to being the most expensive in their position.

But the likes of Alan Shearer, Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney feature on the list of the top ten most expensive Premier League players of all-time.

Top ten most expensive Premier League players

  1. Andriy Shevchenko – Chelsea – £216m
  2. Rio Ferdinand – Man Utd – £199m
  3. Fernando Torres – Chelsea – £182m
  4. Alan Shearer – Newcastle – £178m
  5. Wayne Rooney – Man Utd – £177m
  6. Sebastian Veron – Man Utd – £173m
  7. Michael Essien – Chelsea – £171m
  8. Sergio Aguero – Man City – £168m
  9. Didier Drogba – Chelsea – £166m
  10. Paul Pogba – Man Utd – £165m

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