Biggest release clauses in football: Real Madrid star 1st, Messi only 4th, plus Arsenal ace & Liverpool transfer target

£635.4m – Luka Modric, Brahim Diaz

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Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Fair play, Luka Modric is the only player who’s been able to break the Messi-Ronaldo stronghold on the Ballon d’Or, so he’s probably worthy of a big release clause.

We’re not sure about Manchester City reject Brahim Diaz, though…

£677.8m – Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann – second place in our biggest release clauses in football ranking

A big-money signing for Barcelona this summer, Antoine Griezmann is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, so a high buy-out clause makes sense for the Frenchman.

To think Manchester United could’ve signed him for just £100m a few years ago…

£847.2m – Karim Benzema


Karim Benzema – the most pricey footballer on the planet

A surprise name in first place – Karim Benzema. The Frenchman continues to play a key role for Real Madrid, but we’re not sure this hefty buy-out clause really reflects his standing in world football.

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