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The Most Expensive XI in Ligue 1 History

The money present in football today is enormous, with more and more clubs lavishing large amount of cash on players. Here, we take a look at the most expensive XI in Ligue 1 history.    

11. GK - Keylor Navas (Real Madrid to PSG) - £14m

The UEFA Champions League goalkeeper of the 2017/18 season, Keylor Navas spent five successful years with Real Madrid before eventually leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.


One can say that the Costa Rican was unlucky to be frozen out by the club management considering that Thibaut Courtois had been struggling and their loss has certainly been PSG's gain.

10. CB - David Luiz (Chelsea to PSG) - £40m

Paris Saint-Germain paid big bucks to sign David Luiz from Chelsea in 2014 and one can argue that despite his reputation, he was good for them, helping them win titles especially in the league.


That PSG paid a then world-record transfer fee for a defender showed how highly he was rated, with the Brazilian's trophy cabinet an envy to many.

9. CB - Thiago Silva (AC Milan to PSG) - £33m

One of the best defenders of his generation, Thiago Silva has been a solid, consistent performer for every club that he has represented and has been a rock at the back for both club and country.


For sometime he was rated as the best defender in the world and while he might have lost his pace, his intelligence and game reading abilities make him the first pick on the team-sheet.

8. CB - Thilo Kehrer (Schalke to PSG) - £33m

Signed by Paris Saint-Germain with an eye for the future, Thilo Kehrer is a versatile player who can play at both centre and right-back. The German impressed in limited gametime last season and has already made seven appearances for the senior Germany side so far.

7. CM - Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg to PSG) - £35m

Another payer snapped up by PSG with an eye for the future, Leandro Paredes moved to the French capital in 2018 and since then has made 25 appearances for the club. He has been impressive for national country, Argentina and will be expected to play a huge role for both in the future.

6. CM - Idrissa Gueye (Everton to PSG) - £29m

That Everton are currently struggling in the Premier League, goes to show the impact that  Idrissa Gueye had during his three-year stint with them. The 30-year-old who became the first player in Europe's top five leagues to win 100 tackles in the 2016–17 season, is without a doubt one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, with great things expected from him.

5. RW - Angel Di Maria (Manchester United to PSG) - £44m

Signed amid great expectations by Mancester United in 2014, Angel Di Maria struggled to adapt to life in England and was sold a year later to Paris Saint-Germain where he has been one of their most dazzling performers.


The Argentinian has been at the heart of some of their best performances as seen by the 74 goals he has scored for them in 186 appearances so far. 

4. AM - James Rodriguez (Porto to Monaco) - £38.5m

The only non Paris Saint-Germain player on this list, James Rodriguez joined AS Monaco in 2013, but stayed there for only one season after bigger clubs came calling. The Colombian who is back at Real Madrid for the moment is no doubt one of the most talented players of his generation, but he is yet to impress on a consistent basis.


However, he has produced moments of magic for every club he has played for and is still one of the best in his position.

3. LW - Neymar (Barcelona to PSG) - £200m

The most expensive player in the history of the sport and one on who the spotlight is on persistently, Neymar shocked the world when he decided to leave Barcelona for PSG in 2017.


The Brazilian has dazzled on the pitch for the French giants when fit, but his time at Paris has been known more for his off-field issues. The striker/winger was subject of a move in the summer and while it did not go through, there is no doubt that it become another national debate come the summer.

2. CF - Edinson Cavani (Napoli to PSG) - £55.6m

Edinson Cavani's initally played in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain but following his departure, he has taken the goalscoring mantle with elan. The Uruguayan has been very prolific, scoring 195 goals in 284 appearances for the club, though he does go though under the radar in Paris.


With the strikers contract expiring at the end of the season, it will be interesting to see whether he decides to renew or leave in the summer.

1. CF - Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG) - £166m

The second most expensive player in the world and the next superstar of world football, Kylian Mbappe has in the recent past shown that he is PSG's poster boy, especially in the absence of Neymar.


Mbappe is only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele, with many believing that he will take up the mantle of the world's best player after the retirement of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.