“Van 11,890 transfers conducted in 2011 tot 'n hoogtepunt van 18,079 in 2019, a total of 133,225 international transfers and loans of professional players took place,” FIFA said.
“The transfers involved 66,789 players and 8,264 clubs across 200 FIFA member associations, thus underlining football’s role in the global economy.”
English clubs spent the most in the last decade at $ 12.4 billion followed by Spain ($ 6.7 miljard), Italië ($ 5.6 miljard), Duitsland ($ 4.4 miljard) and France ($ 4 miljard).
The only non-European country in the top
10 was China
, where clubs spent
$ 1.7 billion in transfers as they tried to attract high-profile players to the Chinese Super League
Player agents’ commissions jumped from $ 131.1 miljoen in 2011 aan $ 640.5 miljoen in 2019, almost a five-fold increase.
(130 incoming transfers
) and Chelsea
(95) topped the spending charts
, while Portuguese clubs Benfica and Sporting were the biggest benefactors from transfer fees
Along with Porto, the three Portuguese sides have had a great deal of success in signing or developing young talent and selling them on at big profits, topping the list of clubs with a positive net balance from transfer fees.
City and Chelsea both had over 200 players go on loan — more than any other club.