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How have transfer fees evolved? The biggest deals in history

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With Neymar’s $262 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain set to be the biggest transfer in soccer history, how does it compare with previous records?

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Aside from Neymar’s transfer doubling the current world-record fee ($123.3 million) Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer, it’s intriguing to see how these fees have changed over time.

Of course these are all relative and post-Bosman things changed drastically, but if you had told clubs and players in the 1990s that a player would be bought for close to $250 million, they would have ushered you out of the building very quickly. With the vast commercial income star names bring, not to mention their quality on the pitch, it’s easy to understand why PSG will smash every single record to bring in Neymar.

Below is a list of every transfer which has become a new world record.

We kick things off in 1973 when Dutch legend Johan Cruyff became the first player to cost over $1 million in a transfer.

Johan Cruyff: Ajax to Barcelona, 1973 – $1.21 million
Giuseppe Savoldi: Bologna to Napoli, 1975 – $1.58 million
Paolo Rossi: Juventus to Vicenza, 1976 – $2.3 million
Diego Maradona: Boca Juniors to Barcelona, 1982 – $3.9 million
Diego Maradona: Barcelona to Napoli, 1984 – $6.6 million
Ruud Gullit: PSV Eindhoven to AC Milan, 1987 – $7.9 million
Roberto Baggio: Fiorentina to Juventus, 1990 – $10.5 million
Jean-Pierre Papin: Marseille to AC Milan, 1992 – $13.2 million
Gianluca Vialli: Sampdoria to Juventus, 1992 – $15.8 million
Gianluigi Lentini: Torino to Milan, 1992 – $17.1 million
Ronaldo: PSV Eindhoven to Barcelona, 1996 – $17.4 million
Alan Shearer: Blackburn to Newcastle, 1996 – $19.8 million
Ronaldo: Barcelona to Inter Milan, 1998 – $25.7 million
Denilson: Sao Paulo to Real Betis, 1998 – $28.4 million
Christian Vieri: Lazio to Inter Milan, 1999 – $42.4 million
Hernan Crespo: Parma to Lazio, 2000 – $46.9 million
Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid, 2000 – $48.9 million
Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid – $62.2 million
Kaka: AC Milan to Real Madrid, 2009 – $78 million
Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United to Real Madrid, 2009 – $105.8 million
Gareth Bale: Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013 – $112.8 million
Paul Pogba: Juventus to Man United, 2016 – $123.3 million
Neymar: Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain – $261 million (set to be completed this week, new world-record)

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura begins

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Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

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Club Tijuana 2-1 Chivas Guadalajara

Scoreless at the half, the weekend’s marquee match sprang to life in the final 45. Juan Martin Lucero gave TJ a 54th minute lead before Jose Van Rankin knotted it up five minutes later.

Lucero assisted Jose Rivero’s 75th minute winner, which was helped in its status when Michael Perez took a red card in the 80th.

Cruz Azul 3-0 Puebla

Elias Hernandez scored a goal and added an assist, and Milton Caraglio put one of his five shots on goal into the net. Andres Renteria also scored in the win.

Tigres 2-0 Leon

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored, and Lucas Zelarayan marked a goal and an assist in the win.

Necaxa 2-1 Club America
Toluca 2-0 Morelia
Santos Laguna 2-1 Lobos BUAP
Pachuca 0-1 Monterrey
Veracruz 0-2 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.