Chat GPT Ranks Football’s 10 Best Transfers Ever Completed, Including Neymar’s World Record

Chat GPT Ranks Football’s 10 Best Transfers Ever Completed, Including Neymar’s World Record

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 21, 2023 at 9:29 AM
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  • Brazilian playmaker Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to PSG for £198m is a world record fee
  • The record is unlikely to be broken this summer even with Real Madrid circling Kylian Mbappe
  • The current European post-season transfer window is open and rumours are already swirling

AI chatbot, Chat GPT, has ranked the best football transfers ever completed, including some surprise names like Pele and Diego Maradona.

The European summer transfer window opened a week ago as clubs began jostling for stars to reinforce their squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Neymar, PSG, Paris, France, Parc des Princes, Ligue 1.
Neymar holds the world-record highest transfer fee, £198m, when he moved from Barcelona to PSG in 2017. Photo by Tim Clayton.
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Sports Brief looks at the 10 best football transfers of all time as ranked by the AI algorithm, including some past and current generation superstars, as first reported by Daily Star.

1. Pele

One of the greatest of all time, Pele spent most of his career at Santos in Brazil. He came out of retirement at 34 to join the American club, New York Cosmos, and won the NASL Soccer Bowl in 1977 before retiring for good.

2. Diego Maradona

The beloved Argentine superstar broke the world record twice consecutively when he moved from Boca Juniors to Barcelona, and then to Napoli. It was his £7 million transfer to Naples that bore the most fruit with two Scudetto wins for the club, who recently won another last season after 33 years.

3. Zinedine Zidane

The French legend’s transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid is one of the most iconic of all time, moving for a world record fee of £47mil. He won the UEFA Champions League in his first season and the La Liga title in the next, justifying his decision to leave Turin.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid broke the world record to scoop the Portuguese superstar from Manchester United for £80mil. Nine years later, with four UCLs, four Ballon d’Ors, and 450 goals, it was money well-spent. Los Blancos sold him to Juventus for £88mil afterwards.

5. Johan Cruyff

One of football’s greatest artists, Cruyff moved from Ajax to Barcelona, but it was not the player that transformed La Blaugrana; his eight years as Barca manager set the club on the path to success for many years.

6. Ronaldo

One of Brazil’s greatest players, Ronaldo Nazario moved from Barcelona to Inter Milan. Though he struggled with injuries, he made his mark before returning to Spain, joining his former club’s rivals, Real Madrid.

7. Luis Figo

In arguably the most controversial transfer of all time, Portuguese legend, Figo, moved directly from Barcelona to Real Madrid for world record at the time of £37mil. A Netflix documentary was made about the details of the transfer.

8. Thierry Henry

The French legend was one of the best of his generation. Arsene Wenger convinced his compatriot to move to the Emirates Stadium in 1999, and Henry led the team to two Premier League titles, including the 2003/04 Invincibles season.

9. Franz Beckenbauer

One of the greatest defenders of all time, he joined New York Cosmos in 1977 to team up with Pele, and together they won the North America Soccer League. His transfer cost £900,000 as of that time.

10. Neymar Jr

According to Bleacher Report, the world-record transfer fee was set when Paris Saint-Germain activated Neymar’s release clause with La Liga in 2017 for £198mil (€222mil). The transfer has not gone quite well for both, as they are yet to win the coveted UCL. He could leave this summer after PSG 'ultras' protested outside his house.

AI predicts Arsenal’s likely signings

Sports Brief reported that AI predicted Arsenal’s likeliest signings as the Gunners look to improve ahead of competing in the Champions League next season.

Priority targets, Declan Rice and Kai Havertz are top of the list, with the north London club seeing multiple bids rejected for the two due to variance in valuations.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.