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Who are the most expensive players in their position in world football?

From Gianluigi Buffon in goal to Gonzalo Higuain up front, this is the most expensive XI in world football

Did you know that an anagram of ‘money’ is ‘chairman have gone mental’?

Nope? Well you do now. It doesn’t take an economic genius to spot that money has gone through the roof in football lately.

But how would a team of the world’s most expensive players by position look? Funny you ask.

Would this team ever lose? SPOILER ALERT: No

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Would this team ever lose? SPOILER ALERT: No

(All transfer prices are taken from transfermarkt)

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon’s move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 has stood the test of time, despite serious pressure from Ederson, Manuel Neuer and Jordan Pickford.

There’s four players you rarely get to say in the same sentence.

Even at the age of 39 Buffon is finding new ways to relax during the off-season. Bellissimo

Hand up if you’re the most expensive keeper in world football

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Hand up if you’re the most expensive keeper in world football

Defence

It says a lot about City’s ‘throw enough s***’ approach to building a defence that four of the six most expensive defenders in history have been bought by The Citizens.

In fairness Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker, arrivals from Monaco and Spurs respectively, have yet to kick a ball for City, but look to be sensible, if expensive, full-back purchases.

John Stones, aka the most expensive central defender in world football, still has plenty to prove, as does David Luiz, despite a title winning return to Chelsea.

Looking at some of the previous most expensive defenders- Rio Ferdinand, Lilian Thuram and Alessandro Nesta- it’s hard to avoid the feeling that standards at the back are slipping.

‘I’ve got my World’s Most Expensive Defender certificate in the back if you want to look?’

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‘I’ve got my World’s Most Expensive Defender certificate in the back if you want to look?’

Midfield

Competition for places in the world’s most expensive midfield is so fierce that Zinedine Zidane, Kaka and, err.. Oscar, miss out.

Our midfield three- because 4-4-2 is so last decade- consists of the world’s most expensive player, an expensive flop and the Premier League’s most underrated player.

That trio are Paul Pogba, James Rodriguez (for his move to Real Madrid rather than Bayern Munich) and Kevin De Bruyne.

We’re sure you can work out which label applies to which player.

A real life depiction of their respective transfer fees

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A real life depiction of their respective transfer fees

Attack

As with the midfield, places in the worlds most expensive front three aren’t particularly easy to come by.

Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and Luis Suarez miss out, although Vinicius Junior came scarily close to making it even though he’s yet to play a first-team game for future club Real Madrid.

Madrid duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo flank ex-Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain, who became the world’s most expensive striker when he moved from Napoli to Juventus for €90million.

So it’s over to you now. Would this team win every league they entered in Europe? Let us know on Twitter or over on the Dream Team Facebook page.

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