Neymar’s move to PSG proved that transfer release clauses are not just mere fantasy figures. Yet that doesn’t stop some of the numbers involved being quite crazy. Down is La Liga’s crazy transfer release clauses.
15. Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Antoine Griezmann –€200m
Suarez’s clause is just a notch below Messi. At 30 years old, clubs might be unwilling to pay such a huge fee. Iniesta like Messi is a free agent next summer.
10. Lionel Messi –€300M
Messi ranked 10th? Barcelona might be less sky-high with their release clauses than Madrid. It’s hard for Barcelona to feel secure with a €300M release clause under FFP even for an all-time great like the Argentine.
9. Ousmane Dembele –€400M
The memory of Nou Camp to deposit the €222m was still fresh in the mind when Barca penned Dembele’s deal. There was no way he was not going to get a very high clause.
8. Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos –€500M
To get Toni Kroos out of Bayern Munich was not easy; a lucrative €500M is not to let him out any easier.
Dani Ceballos is a newcomer to Real Madrid but the midfielder still has a huge buy-out fee.
It is no surprise as Luka Modric’s release clause from Tottenham in 2012 was set at €500m.
4. Isco, Marco Asensio –€700M
Earlier this August, Real Madrid have slapped an astronomical £640m (€700m) release clause on playmaker Isco, following the Spaniard’s recent emergence as a star man for Zinedine Zidane’s side. When you add Asensio, these clauses are beyond anyone’s budget; even PSG’s.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema –€1Billion
Hard to believe, but Karim Benzema signed a new deal with a staggering €1billion release clause that will keep him at Bernabeu until at least 2021; maybe Real Madrid want to make it hard to any rival who could possibly afford to buy him out.
In November 2016, When Ronaldo signed a new 5-year-contract at Real Madrid and his release clause was bumped up to a massive €1 billion.
In reality, due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, a €1 billion fee is completely unaffordable; if Ronaldo was to be sold it would be for considerably less, maybe a world-record sum, yes, but still much less to €1 billion.