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Eder Militao tops most expensive Real Madrid defender list

The latest signing for Los Blancos is the highly-rated Brazilian defender, but how does he compare to other defensive signings over the years.

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Eder Militao tops most expensive Real Madrid defender list
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Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Eder Militao, the 21-year-old Brazilian central defender, who will cost them 50 million euros. Selling club Porto, who paid only 4 million euros to Sao Paulo for the player, have managed to transform him in just one season, getting Militao named as the best defender of the Portuguese league in September, October, November, December and January. For this reason, Los Blancos are willing to splash the cash, and in doing so early have managed to avoid the rise in the release clause which would have taken it to 75 million in June.

Most expensive defenders in the history of Madrid

This transfer has made Militao the most expensive defender in the history of Real Madrid, unseating Pepe from the top of the list. Interestingly, the top three were all picked up from the same portuguese club.

 PLAYERCOST (€)CLUB
1MILITAO50 MPORTO
2PEPE30 MPORTO
3DANILO30 MPORTO
4ODRIOZOLA30 MREAL SOCIEDAD
5COENTRAO30 MBENFICA
6RAMOS27 MSEVILLA
7THEO24 MATLÉTICO MADRID
8WALTER SAMUEL25 MROMA
9WOODGATE18 MNEWCASTLE
10ALBIOL15 MVALENCIA
11HEINZE12 MMANCHESTER UNITED
12SALGADO12 MCELTA VIGO
13GARAY10 MRACING SANTANDER
14VARANE10 MLENS
5PANUCCI8.5 MMILAN

Sixth most expensive defender in world football

Militao, however, did not break the record for the most expensive transfer of a defender. That honour remains with the Liverpool centre half, Virgil van Dijk, when a massive 90 million euros were spent by the Premier League club.

In fact, it is English clubs that dominate this list with seven of the top ten defensive transfers coming in that league, Manchester City taking five of them.

Solid | Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool.
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Solid | Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool.Marc AtkinsGetty Images
 PLAYERCOST (€)CLUB
1VAN DIJK90 MLIVERPOOL
2LAPORTE70 MMANCHESTER CITY
3MEDY70 MMANCHESTER CITY
4WALKER56 MMANCHESTER CITY
5STONES55 MMANCHESTER CITY
6MILITAO50 MREAL MADRID
7DAVID LUIZ49.5 MPSG
8FERDINAND46 MMANCHESTER UNITED
9OTAMENDI44.6 MMANCHESTER CITY
10THIAGO SILVA42 MPSG
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