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Juventus most expensive signings ever

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You may have wondered about who the most expensive Juventus signings ever are. Then wonder no more as we have listed some of the most expensive signings in Juventus history below.

I Bianconeri (The Black and Whites), La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady), Le Zebre (The Zebras), you might know the club by several names, but the name ‘Juventus’ is known and loved by football fans, no matter what country they are from.

Juventus

have proven time and time again that they are one of the best clubs in the world, founded over 120 years ago. The club’s trophy cabinet is quite full with 34 Scudetto, 2 Champions League trophies, 13 Italian Cups and many more domestic, continental and even intercontinental cups.

With such a rich history in mind, it would without a doubt be an honor to don the club’s shirt. Now imagine how being one of the

most expensive Juventus signings ever

would feel. With the industrialization of the footballing world, the prices are going higher and higher every day, which makes it much easier to become a club’s most expensive signing. However, one should still be good enough to be approached by clubs such as Juventus.

While the Bianconeri are one of the best clubs in the world, they tend to be relatively conservative when it comes to spending money on new arrivals, with some of the

Juventus highest transfer fee paid ever

dating back to almost 20 years ago. You might already have some guesses about who are on the list of Juventus most expensive signings ever, so follow us below to find out if you have guessed right.

Most expensive Juventus signings ever

Here is the list of Juventus’ all-time most expensive signings. Which of these players do you think were worth all the money spent on them? Would you have paid the same amount if you were in charge?

Paulo Dybala

  • Price: €40m

Paulo Dybala

is surely one of the finer talents of his generation, which is why his name was put on the list of

Juventus most expensive signings ever

. He joined the Italian giants from Palermo in 2015 for €40 million after getting relegated to Serie B and once again qualifying for

Serie A

with his former club.

Dybala was only 21 years old when he joined his current club, which might have sparked a little bit of doubt in some of the fans’ hearts. But the Argentinian has been able to prove the doubter wrong, being versatile enough to play on whichever position his club needs him to be.

Since completing one of the

most expensive Juventus transfers of all time

, Dybala has won five consecutive Serie A titles, 3 Italian Cups and 2 Italian Super Cups. He was also named the Juventus Player of the Year in 2019/20 season, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence at the club, which is feat not many players have been able to reach, most of them being overshadowed by the Portuguese superstar.

Federico Bernardeschi

  • Price: €40m

Right wing, left wing, center-forward, the whole midfield, you name it,

Federico Bernardeschi

has played in all of the positions mentioned, a trait that any manager would want for his players to have. Some would claim that this trait alone is enough for one to become one of the Juventus most expensive signings ever, and they might actually be right. But a jack of all trades and a master of none could only help the team to a certain extent, which is why Bernardeschi has shown to be comfortable on the sides of the pitch, mostly on the right wing.

The now 26-year-old Italian became one of

Juventus’s all-time most expensive signings

after he completed a €40 million move from Fiorentina. It seems that Juventus’ business strategy in making the

most expensive signings in Juventus history, is to sign the best players of their domestic rivals and prosper even more while other teams lose their talismans, a strategy applied most notably by Bayern Munich.

Bernardeschi joined the Serie A giants in the 2017/18 season and has managed to make more than 100 appearances for the club ever since, scoring 10 goals and providing 15 assists, a tally which some might believe is not good enough for a winger or an attacking-midfielder. His 2019/20 Serie A season rating was 6.60, a number that the club’s supporters were hoping to be higher. His market value has also dropped significantly since completing one of the most expensive Juventus transfers of all time.

Douglas Costa

  • Price: €40m

After playing more than 200 games for

Shakhtar Donetsk

and managing to impress at the Ukranian club with 38 goals and 40 assists, Douglas Costa moved to

Bayern Munich

for €30 million. His move was promising in the beginning, but after only two seasons with the Bavarians, he was loaned out to Juventus in 2017. The Brazilian made his loan move permanent the very next season which cost the Serie A side €40 million as Costa became one of the

most expensive signings in Juventus history

.

Douglas Costa enjoyed another three seasons in Italy after becoming one of the Juventus most expensive signings ever. But he only managed to score 10 goals and provide 21 assists for the Bianconeri, which was considered to be not good enough by current manager Andrea Pirlo, who loaned him back to Bayern Munich this season.

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The 30-year-old right-winger has won quite a lot of trophies in his career, including a total of 10 league titles with three different clubs. Although there is no official award for being on the list of Juventus’ all-time most expensive signings, it should certainly feel good to be one of the Juventus most expensive signings ever. He might also be able to add to his trophy tally with Bayern Munich this season if they manage to win the League once again.

Joao Cancelo

  • Price: €40m

One might think that if a player becomes one of Juventus most expensive signings ever, or any other club’s most expensive signing, he/she should at least make a decent number of appearances for the said club before moving to another one. That is not the case with the Portuguese right-back Joao Cancelo, however, as he left for

Manchester City

only a season after putting his name on the list of Juventus highest transfer fee paid ever.

Maybe Juventus made the right decision by off-loading the player as they might have found out early that he is in fact quite injury-prone, a trait that every player and club hates and has ended so many careers. Joao Cancelo became the world’s most expensive right-back after his move to Manchester City, which saw Danilo go in the opposite direction to the Italian side.

But the Portuguese talent has not been able to shine at his best in England either, as he is now playing as a backup for Kyle walker and has only made 36 appearances since joining the

Premier League

side. Although everything aside, nothing changes the fact that he is still on the list of Juventus most expensive signings ever, and he might be able to motivate himself by reminding himself and the world of his talents.

Pavel Nedved

  • Price: €45m

A true legend of a midfielder, Pavel Nedved completed one of J

uventus most expensive transfers ever

by agreeing on a move from Lazio to Juventus for quite an eye-watering figure of €45 million. Considering that this particular deal was made almost two decades ago, we can understand that the Czech legend was one of the most expensive players of his time. Joining

Lazio

in 1996, he went on to make more than 200 appearances for The Eagles (Le Aquile) before joining Juventus in 2001.

Some might believe that when one reaches their thirties, they can’t play football as they used to. But after putting his name on the list of most expensive Juventus transfers of all time, Nedved went on to prove them wrong as with his impressive performances, which even led to him winning the 2003 Ballon d’Or award, a trophy that quite literally determines who the best player in the world is.

The now 48-year-old footballing icon spent eight years of his career with the Bianconeri, playing in more than 325 games, scoring 65 goals and providing 57 assists in the process. It seems that Juventus are always interested in versatile players, as Nedved was more than capable of playing in all the positions in the midfield and up-field. Now after more than a decade of hanging up his boots, he is a member of the

Juventus

Board of Directors and continues to serve the club as a non-player employee.

Gianluigi Buffon

  • Price: €53m

Gianluigi (Gigi) Buffon is the name that pops up on everyone’s mind when they hear the name ‘Juventus’. Only a few goalkeepers have been able to be known, loved, adored and cherished as much as the Italian legend who has led both his club and his national team to several important victories over the years of his long career.

Some of the younger supporters of the Serie A giants might not know this, but Buffon was actually a Parma academy graduate and later found his way to the team’s senior squad in 1994. Five years later in 2001,

Buffon

became one of

Juventus most expensive signings ever

after he agreed on a move to Juventus for a reported fee of €53 million, which was and still is a mind-blowing figure. One of the Juventus most expensive transfers ever was made possible thanks to the money received from Zidane’s move to

Real Madrid

that very season.

The 42-year-old icon’s trophy cabinet is quite full as he has achieved almost everything there is to achieve, including more than 10 league titles, 7 Super Cups and 5 Coppas Italia and most important of them all, the 2006 World Cup trophy. But there is still one trophy that the Italian goalkeeper has never been able to get his hands on, and that is the UEFA Champions League trophy, truly a love story that has not reached a happy ending yet.

Arthur

  • Price: €72m

Arthur became one of Juventus’ most expensive signings ever after a switch deal between the Italian side and

Barcelona

was made. The Brazilian joined Juventus as

Miralem Pjanic

went the other way to join the Catalan club. The 24-year-old seemed destined to replace Iniesta and was usually selected in the starting XI, but the Blaugranas saw fit to sell him and receive a much older replacement from the same club, a business move that angered and confused many Barca supporters.

There is not much to say about his performances at Juventus, as it is too early to judge how he has done at the club, but it seems that current coach Andrea Pirlo has got some plans for one of the Juventus most expensive signings ever. We will have to wait and see if the manager decides to put him on the field against his former team in the 2020/21 Champions League group stages.

Matthijs de Ligt

  • Price: €85.5m

Dubbed to be one of the best defenders of the future, the

Ajax

academy graduate became one of Juventus most expensive signings ever after he completed his €85.5 million worth move to the Serie A side in the summer of 2019. He has made a total of 39 appearances for the club ever since, and will surely appear a lot more after he recovers from his shoulder injury that has sidelined him for a while.

De Ligt was part of the team that included Donny van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong. While once they were putting the best of their efforts to win the Champions League with Ajax together, now they are serving for completely different clubs in different leagues, as Van de Beek moved to Manchester United, de Jong signed for Barcelona, and de Ligt is now one of the Juventus most expensive transfers ever.

Gonzalo Higuain

  • Price: €90m

Gonzalo Higuain has had many ups and downs during his career, but it was certainly an improvement when he became one of the

Juventus most expensive signings ever

by completing a €90 million move from

Napoli

.

The Argentine striker was absolutely phenomenal at Napoli as he went on to score a total of 91 goals and add 26 assists to his tally over 146 games that he player at his former club. His impressive performance over the years at Real Madrid and Napoli was the reason that the Bianconeri opted to sign him and his deal was put on the list of Juventus highest transfer fee paid ever.

He enjoyed a fine couple of seasons before Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, which only meant that he was going to be overshadowed by his new teammate. That is why he was forced out on loan to AC Milan and

Chelsea

before finally moving to the MLS side Inter Miami on a free transfer. All things aside, the striker is one of the lucky few to have played alongside both Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Juventus), and Lionel Messi (Argentina), which is definitely an experience to remember.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Price: €117m

Undoubtedly one of the best football players the world has ever seen.

Cristiano Ronaldo

has dominated the scene alongside Lionel Messi for more than a decade, an era that we have all been blessed for being able to witness. Ronaldo won everything he could win with

Real Madrid

over the course of nine years at the club, winning 4 Champions League trophies, three of which came consecutively under Zidane’s revolutionary management.

When you win everything, you move on to new challenges, which is exactly what Ronaldo did when he became Juventus’ most expensive signing ever after his eye-watering €117 million move to the Serie A side in 2018. He has since made over 90 appearances for his current club, scoring 68 goals and providing 18 assists, which although is not his best stats, it is still an impressive one.

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Unfortunately, with the Portuguese striker being 35 years old, we are getting closer to see him hang up his boots, which will be a sad day for every football fan. We are, however, still able to sit back and enjoy his goal-scoring abilities as we are waiting to see where Ronaldo will finally retire in the coming years.

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