Astronomical Release Clauses: Cristiano Ronaldo and Eight Real Madrid Players Dominate Football’s ‘Impossible to Buy’ List
One of the biggest Premier League transfer controversies ended in Liverpool allowing Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona for £145million, and the Catalan giants wasted no time in setting a release clause of £355m for the Brazilian playmaker.. you want to buy him, it’s going to cost ya!
However, with all the noise and talk about Coutinho’s astronomical release clause, the former Liverpool man only ranks tenth, behind a bunch of Real Madrid players who are almost impossible to buy.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with £886m, joint-first with team mate Karim Benzema, ahead of Lionel Messi (3rd), while the only other Barcelona player on the list, Philippe Coutinho, comes in at tenth, with a release clause of £88m short of Dani Ceballos’ insane figures.
Karim Benzema’s contract renewal in the final months of 2017 is no doubt responsible for the Frenchman’s ‘impossible to trigger’ release clause.
Surprisingly, Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer doesn’t make the list; and that’s because, according to reports in France, the £198m man’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain doesn’t have a release-clause just yet.
While Isco, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos make Spain the most represented country on the list, Lionel Messi (Argentina) and new team mate Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), remain the most expensive South American footballers based on release clauses.