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Joao Felix transfer: Who are the most expensive teenagers in history?

Joao Felix, extraordinarily, became the fifth most expensive player in history when his transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was completed.

The attacker was signed for £113million with just Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele moving for more cash.

Felix completed a huge transfer to Atletico Madrid earlier this month

To add to this, the 19-year-old is the second most expensive teenager behind Mbappe following his multi-million pound move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.

But which other teenagers have transferred for huge fees? has identified the six biggest fees paid for players who haven’t even reached the age of 20.

Lucas Moura – £38m, Sao Paulo to Paris Saint-Germain, 2012

Just a year after the takeover of the club from Qatari investment, Paris Saint-Germain pipped Manchester United and Inter Milan to land Moura’s signature.

The Ligue 1 side announced the the highly-rated teen would link up with the side in January 2013 after securing a deal in August 2012.

The deal made Moura the most expensive teenager in history and he also became the most expensive player of all time at the club.

However, the winger would have a slow start to life in Europe and ultimately never truly found his feet in the French capital.

Lucas Moura open to leaving Paris Saint-Germain
Moura never really found his feet at PSG

He ended up spending five seasons with PSG, winning four Ligue 1 titles, but never became a key member of the side and struggled for game time before he was shipped out to Tottenham.

Since moving to the Premier League Moura has shown flashes of brilliance, including the stunning semi-final hat-trick which sent Spurs to a first Champions League final in 2019.

At 26-years-old, he will be hoping to build on last season’s promising, yet sometimes uninspiring campaign with Spurs.

Vinicius Junior – £40m, Flamengo to Real Madrid, 2018

Vinicius’ incredible form for Flamengo sparked a scramble for his signature and Real Madrid joined the front of the queue.

He scored 17 goals in 19 appearances for the Brazil Under-17s team and the Spanish giants eventually signed the forward for £40m.

Vinicius Junior is one of the most highly-rated teenagers in football

Real chiefs made sure a pre-contract agreement was made in 2017 as to fend off any potential hijack of the deal and the player then joined up with the squad once he turned 18 the following year.

And he performed well in his first season at the Bernabeu. He was introduced slowly but eventually scored four goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, showing flashes of brilliance along the way.

Rodrygo Goes – £40m, Santos to Real Madrid – 2019

A year after Vinicius Junior joined Los Blancos, another talented Brazil ace has arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Whether Rodrygo goes out on loan once he joins Real Madrid is yet to be decided
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Also a left-sided attacker, the deal to land him was put in place last summer but has now become official with the player travelling to Spain to be part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

How much of a role he has this season is yet to be seen but his early career in Brazil. His 41 league games have so far yielded nine goals and five assists and he only turned 18 in January.

Anthony Martial – £59m, Monaco to Manchester United – 2015

There were many eyebrows raised when Louis van Gaal decided to splash out on the relatively unknown Martial.

He had been a regular at Monaco for just one full season before his move to the Premier League.

A brilliant solo goal against bitter rivals Liverpool automatically made him a fan favourite among the Old Trafford faithful and he followed it up with a double on his first start for the club.

Aston Villa resigned to losing Liverpool-bound Benteke as club target replacement striker
United signed Martial for a big fee when he was relatively unknown

He finished the season having won the FA Cup and having scored 17 goals in all competitions.

However, that season remains his best season as a Red Devil, with questions raised over his attitude and temperament in recent seasons.

Joao Felix – £113m, Benfica to Atletico Madrid – 2019

Atletico smashed their record sum for a transfer after signing Felix from Benfica.

The decision to sign the youngster, who has only proved himself in the Primeira Liga, surprised many due to the LaLiga club’s traditional transfer policy.

Wonderkid Felix took the Primeira Liga by storm last year
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Unlike their city rivals, Atletico Madrid are not known for shelling out big sums to sign players.

However, with Antoine Griezmann seemingly on his way to Barcelona the clouds have aligned for Felix to step into the Frenchman’s shoes and become the talisman for the club.

Kylian Mbappe – £160m, Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain – 2018

Mbappe has enjoyed a stunning rise to the top of European football.

The forward burst onto the scene as part of a hugely talented young Monaco side which reached the Champions League semi-finals and pipped PSG to the Ligue 1 title.

The French champions won the race for the talented forward, signing him on a season-long loan before paying a fee of £160m to secure his services.

Mbappe is a phenomenal talent

Since then, he has continued to go from strength to strength, winning two league titles and being named as the division’s Player of the Year in 2018/19.

He also set the the World Cup in Russia alight with some monstrous performances as France were crowned champions of the world.


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