World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

- Four Real Madrid stars feature in the most expensive XI ever

- Zinedane Zidane is the only retired player on the starting XI

- Man United contributes two players as Real Madrid have four

With another transfer window now open, we expect many clubs to break their transfer records to sign new players ahead of next season.

With so much money being thrown around, its important to look at the players who were the most expensive in their positions.

This team lines up in a 4-2-3-1 hence just one striker makes the cut. Expensive buys like Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez are beaten for the top striker spot.

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Neymar is beaten to the left wing spot while the likes of Kaka cannot make the midfield of this team.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon — Parma to Juventus: £33million, 2001

More than fifteen years after, Buffon is still going strong. He is not going anywhere this season.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Gigi Buffon is a Juventus legend. Photo: Juventus/Twitter

Defence

Dani Alves — Sevilla to Barcelona: £30m, 2008

He has since left the Catalans for Juventus but he was on the move once again this time to PSG after it looked liked he would join Manchester City. Certainly one of the best right-backs ever.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Dani Alves was close to a switch to Manchester City but joined PSG on a free. Photo: Football Italia

John Stones — Everton to Manchester City: £47.5m, 2016

Stones was made one of the most expensive defenders ever when moving to City last summer. Failed to live up to expectation in his first season however he has age to improve.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Stones was specifically bought by Pep Guardola. Photo: Man City/Twitter

David Luiz — Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain: £50m, 2014

He is back at Chelsea but Luiz became the most expensive defender when he joined PSG three years ago. Became a fan favorite at the club.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

David Luiz rejoined the Blues from PSG. Photo: Premierleague.com

Benjamin Mendy — AS Monaco to Manchester City: £51.6million, 2017

The Frenchman replaces Luke Shaw in the line up having joined pep Guardiola's side two weeks ago for a fee more than £15m United paid Southampton for Shaw.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Benjamin Mendy became one of the most expensive defenders ever when he joined City. Photo: Mancity.com

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Midfield

Paul Pogba — Juventus to Manchester United: £89m, 2016

Currently the most expensive footballer ever. Helped United to Europa League League Cup and Community Shield glory in his first season.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Paul Pogba is currently the world's most expensive defender ever. Photo: Sky Sports

Zinedine Zidane — Juventus to Real Madrid: £47m, 2001

Was for eight years the most expensive footballer ever. Made a huge impression at Real Madrid as a player.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Zidane is one of the greatest footballers ever

James Rodriguez — Monaco to Real Madrid: £63m, 2014

Joined Los Blancos after the 2014 World Cup but joined Bayern Munich this summer.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

James left Madrid for Bayern Munich this summer. Photo: La Liga/Twitter

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Attack

Cristiano Ronaldo — Manchester United to Real Madrid: £80m, 2009

What else has to said about one of the greatest footballers ever? He has definately been a good by for Real Madrid.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has repaid Madrid's investment. Photo: Fifa.com

Gareth Bale — Tottenham to Real Madrid: £86m, 2013

Might not have elevated himself to Ronaldo's level but whenever he is fit he has impressed. Still has time to win over more fans.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Bale has won three Champions League titles at Real Madrid. UEFA.com

Gonzalo Higuain — Napoli to Juventus: £75.3m, 2016

Higuain has spent one season at Juve but he has done enough to suggest he was a good piece of business. Won the Serie A and Coppa Italia but could not prevent defeat in the Champions League final.

World most expensive XI ever features Buffon, Bale, Ronaldo

Higuain is currently the fourth most expensive player ever. Photo: Juventus/Twitter

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