Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona from Liverpool for around £142million this month has made him the second most expensive footballer of all time, but a number of others are said to have higher release clauses in their contracts.
Philippe Coutinho's release clause at Barcelona means the former Liverpool playmaker has just the 10th highest in world football...— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) 8 January 2018
Upon his arrival at the Camp Nou, the Brazilian was greeted by thousands of fans at his press conference and he signed a contract with a release clause of £355million.
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But there are reportedly nine players with more expensive clauses; in Spain, it is a rule that they must be written into contracts. As last summer showed with PSG signing Neymar, they no longer protect clubs from losing their best players.
Lionel Messi’s contract with the Blaugrana, signed only recently, saw his buyout clause almost trebled, perhaps as a reaction to the Neymar situation. At Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is available for anyone willing to pay a sweet €1billion.
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