The 10 most expensive right-backs of all time

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 10 Feb 2024 14:29 GMT
  • 4 min read
Ben White, Arsenal, 2023/24

Achraf Hakimi’s transfer from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 makes him the most expensive right-back in football history.

The Moroccan international arrived in the French capital for a fee of €68 million after impressing PSG during his time at San Siro under the management of Antonio Conte.

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Hakimi only spent one season at Inter before leaving for Ligue 1, having joined the Nerazzurri from Real Madrid for €43m in 2020.

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Before Hakimi’s move from Inter to PSG, Joao Cancelo held the title of the most expensive right-back of all time. The Portuguese star joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City from Juventus for €65m in 2019, having only signed for the Old Lady one season prior.

Ben White is the third most expensive right-back of all time for his €58.5m transfer from Brighton to Arsenal in the summer of 2021. Initially regarded as overpriced, White has impressed at the Emirates.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man Utd
© ProShots - Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man Utd

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the fourth most expensive right-back of all time due to his €55m transfer from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in 2019. Wan-Bissaka, a Crystal Palace academy graduate, left his boyhood club after a breakout 2018/19 campaign. He has struggled at Man Utd.

Another Premier League transfer is the fifth biggest move involving a right-back in history - Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City. Man City paid Spurs a fee of €52.7m to sign the England international in 2017. He has enjoyed a brilliant career at the club.

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The sixth most expensive right-back of all-time is once again Achraf Hakimi, who appears in the top 10 for the second time. His transfer from Real Madrid to Inter cost €43m. In seventh place is another player to feature for a second time - Joao Cancelo. He joined Juventus for €40.4m from Valencia in 2018.

Joao Cancelo
© ProShots - Joao Cancelo

Pedro Porro is eighth on the list for his €40m move from Sporting to Tottenham in 2023, with Tino Livramento next for his €37.2m transfer from Southampton to Newcastle.

Brazil international Danilo is the tenth most expensive right-back of all time after joining Juventus from Man City for €37m in 2019 - the same summer Cancelo moved the opposite way.

The most expensive right-backs of all time

Achraf HakimiInter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain€68m2021-22
Joao CanceloJuventus to Man City€65m2019-20
Ben WhiteBrighton to Arsenal€58.5m2021-22
Aaron Wan-BissakaCrystal Palace to Manchester United€55m2019-20
Kyle WalkerTottenham to Manchester City€52.7m2017-18
Achraf HakimiReal Madrid to Inter Milan€43m2020-21
Joao CanceloValencia to Juventus€40.4m2018-19
Pedro PorroSporting to Tottenham€40m2023-24
Tino LivramentoSouthampton to Newcastle€37.2m2023-24
DaniloManchester City to Juventus€37m2019-20

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