4. Isco –£620m
Real Madrid slapped an astronomical £620m release clause on playmaker Isco, following the Spaniard’s emergence as a star man for Zinedine Zidane’s side. The move came in light of Paris Saint Germain’s €22m record-breaking fee for Neymar, praising the Brazilian from the grasps of Barcelona.
3. Lionel Messi –£626m
According to reports in Spanish publication El Mundo, Messi’s contract features an eye-watering release clause of £626million. But Barcelona might beless sky-high with their release clauses than Madrid. It’s hard for Barcelona to feel secure with a £626m release clause under FFP even for an all-time great like the Argentine; not mentioning that he is behind Karim Benzema.
2. Karim Benzema –£886m
Hard to believe, but Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims the Frenchman’s last deal was signed in 2014 when he was right in his prime; maybe Real Madrid wanted to make it hard to any rival who could possibly afford to buy him out.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo –£886m
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.