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Which English player has recorded the highest total transfer fee in history?

The Premier League era has brought about a new age of big money transfers, but which players have enjoyed multiple big paydays?

You can usually tell how good a player has been throughout their career by looking at their cumulative transfer fee.

Angel Di Maria’s five moves including three massive money transfers involving Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain put him top of the list with £152.15million.

The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£143.74m), and Gonzalo Higuain (£119.85m) make up the top three, but where are the English players in the list?


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While Gareth Bale (£98.35m) commands the highest total transfer fee for any British player, there is a distinct lack of English players who have enjoyed multiple big money moves.

So in an age of huge transfer fees (we’re looking at you, Kyle Walker), we’ve looked at the 20 highest cumulative transfer fees for those players born on these shores.

All figures from Transfermarkt.

20  Michael Keane (£24.23m – Manchester United, Burnley, Everton)

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19 Adam Lallana (£26.35m – Southampton, Liverpool)

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18 Ashley Young (£26.52m – Watford, Aston Villa, Manchester United)

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17 Andros Townsend (£26.61m – Spurs, Newcastle, Crystal Palace)

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16 Michael Owen (£31.45m – Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United, Stoke)

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15 Wayne Rooney (£31.45m – Everton, Manchester United)

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14 David Beckham (£31.88m – Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain)

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13 Luke Shaw (£31.88m – Southampton, Manchester United)

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12 James Milner (£37.74m – Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool)

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11 Jermain Defoe (£41.42m – West Ham, Spurs, Portsmouth, Toronto FC, Sunderland, Bournemouth)

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10 Stewart Downing (£42.08m – Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool, West Ham)

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9 Jonathan Woodgate (£44.37m – Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Spurs, Stoke)

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8 John Stones (£47.26m – Barnsley, Everton, Manchester City)

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7 Kyle Walker (£48.56m – Sheffield United, Spurs, QPR, Manchester City)

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6 Peter Crouch (£50.01m – Spurs, QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Stoke)

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5 Shaun Wright-Phillips (£50.79m – Manchester City, Chelsea, QPR, NY Red Bull, Phoenix Rising)

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4 Andy Carroll (£50.79m – Newcastle, Liverpool, West Ham)

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3 Raheem Sterling (£53.13m – QPR, Liverpool, Manchester City)

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2 Darren Bent (£55.21m – Ipswich, Charlton, Spurs, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham, Derby)

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1 Rio Ferdinand (£61.2m – West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United, QPR)

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