Ronaldo is the most expensive player of all time
When he set a record in 1997, the former Brazilian player was priced at $ 491.5 million today.
Research by the Play Ratings organization shows that the transfer fee of $ 32 million in Ronaldo from Barca to Inter in 1997 valued 491.5 million today, after calculating the fluctuation of the currency. This means Ronaldo is really the most expensive player of all time and costs nearly twice as much as Neymar, who is holding a record of transferring Barcelona from PSG in 2007 to $ 263 million.
Ronaldo ‘s record in 1997 was the second time he made a sudden jump in the transfer market, more than $ 12 million compared to the old milestone when moving from PSV to Barca a year earlier. In the only season that played for Barca, the former Brazilian player scored 47 goals in 49 matches and made Inter spend “crazy” money at the time.
Losing a large amount, but Inter also recovered a lot. Ronaldo scored 59 goals in 99 games for the Italian team, despite frequent injuries. In 2002, he moved to Real Madrid.
Also according to Play Ratings, the second most expensive player in history is Diego Maradona with the transfer from Barca to Napoli in 1984 (391 million USD at today’s price). Similarly, Michel Platini came in third with the Juventus entry in 1982 ($ 379 million), Christian Vieri’s rank with the 1999 entry of Inter ($ 379 million) and Van Basten fourth with the AC Milan entry year. 1987 (372 million USD).