Study Reveals That 'R9' Ronaldo Would Be The Most Expensive Player Of All Time

Neymar may be the most expensive player in football history after his €222 million (£196 million) transfer to PSG, but if you take inflation into account, another Brazilian sensation could have easily smashed that.

A fresh study from Play Ratings has uncovered that, with fluctuating currency being considered, Ronaldo's big-money move from Barcelona to Inter Milan would be worth a staggering €433 million in the current market.

The original Ronaldo Nazario was something else, wasn't he.

After Ronaldo ripped it up in a solitary season at Barcelona, scoring 47 goals in 49 appearances, he signed for Italian giants Inter Milan for €28 million euros in 1997.

He broke the transfer world record for the second time in his career.

It was pretty crazy money at the time but Inter got more than their money's worth as their star striker notched 59 goals in 99 games despite persistent injury issues.

In the pomp of his career, R9 was different gravy and going off the information from Play Ratings, his transfer from La Liga to Serie A would be worth nearly double what PSG forked out to land his compatriot last summer.

Elsewhere on the list, which is dominated by Serie A transfers, Diego Maradona to Napoli is equal to a massive €345 million nowadays.

Meanwhile Michel Platini joining Juventus back in 1983 would be worth €334 million.

Christian Vieri to Inter would cost €334 million, Marco van Basten's move to AC equates to €328 million, Gabriel Batistuta leaving Fiorentina for Roma would be worth €281 million, and Gonzalo Higuain's surprise switch to Juventus from Napoli would be equivalent to €264 million if it happened today.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock comment cursor facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp ODDSbible