Manchester United have completed the £80m signing of English defender Harry Maguire from Leicester City thereby creating a new record signing for a defender.
With this new signing, Maguire has become the most expensive defender in world football.
So who are the other defenders on the list of top 10 most-expensive defenders in world football? We start with Maguire.
1. Harry Maguire (£80m Leicester City to Manchester United, August 2019)
Maguire rose to fame at Leicester City where he showed qualities of a top defender. He went on to have a very fine 2018 FIFA World Cup and his value skyrocketed after that.
2. Virgil van Dijk -(Southampton to Liverpool, £75m, January 2018)
Virgil van Dijk for three years proved himself to be a solid defender at Southampton before Liverpool took the risk of splashing £75m on the Dutch defender in January 2018.
Since then, his performances for Liverpool have made the price look like a steal, with an immediate impact on Jurgen Klopp’s team. As arguably the best player in the team, Van Dijk has led Liverpool to two Champions League finals and won the title in 2019.
3. Lucas Hernandez ( Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, £68m, July 2019)
Lucas Hernandez came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid and continued to impress after he broke into the senior team in 2014.
His shot to fame was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where he won the title in France. Still 23, Hernandez can play as a right-back, left-back and a central defender.
Badly in need of a rebuild, Bayern Munich have splashed £68m on the Frenchman.
4. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax to Juventus, £67.5m, July 2019)
The breakout star of the 2018/2019 season, Matthijs de Ligt formed the backbone of the Ajax side that dazzled in the Champions League last season.
De Ligt caught the eyes with his massive performances in the heart of Ajax defence, playing with confidence and composure beyond his age.
With several clubs scrambling for his signature, the 19-year-old chose Juventus where he expected to be a massive player for years to come.
5. Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao to Man City, £57m, January 2018)
After exploring all his options and finding them unreliable, Pep Guardiola spent £57m on an unknown defender Aymeric Laporte from Spain in January 2018.
Laporte settled in quickly to aid Manchester City to win their first league title under Guardiola and has since continued to be an important player.
6. Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Manchester City, £53m, July 2017)
After several seasons at Tottenham, Kyle Walker was ready for the biggest stage and got snapped up for £53m in July 2017 by Manchester City.
Although he looked unconvincing at times, Walker has grown from strength to strength and played a crucial part in Manchester City’s domestic dominance.
7. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Manchester City, £52m, July 2017)
Benjamin Mendy who broke out from the sensational Monaco team of 2016/2017 was another player Guardiola splashed huge amounts of money on to solve his full-back dilemma.
Mendy has proven to be worth the money anytime he plays but unfortunately he rarely does due to a series of injuries. He has this season to show that he can stay fit for an entire season.
8. John Stones (Everton to Manchester City, £50m, August 2016)
Guardiola kicked off his stint in England with the signing of one of the most promising English defenders. With £50m, he got the ball-playing defender that his system required. Stone, however, has not been the player he was expected to be.
At 25, he still has a few seasons to come good.
9. David Luiz ( Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £50m, June 2014)
At the same £50m, Paris Saint-Germain got Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea to aid their quest to make an impact in Europe.
That didn’t happen although the Brazilian defender won two league titles before he returned to Chelsea.
10. Aaron Wan-Bissaka ( Crystal Palace to Manchester United, £50m, July 2019)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka broke out last season after an impressive season with Crystal Palace. With the rebuilding still going on at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer splashed £50m on the 21-year-old right back.