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17-05-2018 | 17:16 Football
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Most expensive XI: Ronaldo & Neymar join Buffon

Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will end his career in Juventus. After Buffon’s retirement Spanish outlet AS has made the most expensive XI players ever by position.

Goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon, €53.5m

Buffon left Parma for Juventus 17 years ago and he remains the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Right-back - Kyle Walker, €51m

Kyle Walker joined Manchester City from Tottenham at the star of the season.

Centre-back - Aymeric Laporte, €65m

Aymeric Laporte joined from Athletic Bilbao in the January transfer window for €65m (£57m). Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has revealed he spoke with Manchester City for "a long time" before snubbing a move to the Etihad, the Daily Mirror reports.

Centre-back - Virgil van Dijk, €80m

Virgil van Dik joined Liverpool from Southampton on December 2.

Left-back - Benjamin Mendy, €58m

City - on a major defensive recruitment drive - threw the big bucks Monaco's way and brought him to England.

Midfield - Paul Pogba, €105m

France star Pogba had the honour of being the most expensive player ever for a season after returning to Manchester United in a huge deal from Juve.

Midfield - Zinedine Zidane, €79m

Zidane was the most expensive and arguably the most influential in a Real Madrid shirt. Madrid broke the world transfer record to sign the Frenchman and he went on to win the Champions League in his first season. ზინედინ ზიდანი

Midfield - Philippe Coutinho, €122m

Coutinho eventually got his way from Liverpool and moved to Catalonia in early January.

Right wing - Ousmane Dembele, €105m

After departure from Borussia Dortmund by going on strike at the start of the 2017-18 season, Dembele endured a far from ideal start to life at Camp Nou.

Striker - Cristiano Ronaldo, €95m

Although Ronaldo's record as the world's most expensive player was broken when Gareth Bale joined him at the Santiago Bernabeu for €102m in 2013, his transition to a central role in the latter stages of his career effectively makes him the priciest striker.

Left wing - Neymar, €222m

The world's most expensive player after his part in a transfer which shook football in August. Paris Saint-Germain left Barca utterly helpless as they paid Neymar's €222m release clause and secured his signature.

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