Portuguese club Benfica has garnered a reputation for signing the next generation of football stars and selling them for huge profits. According to the numbers presented by SafeBettingSites.com, Benfica was the most profitable club in the global transfer market during the past decade. The Portuguese giants have made a massive €764m from their transfer dealings during the past decade (2014-23).
Portugal and France players with three clubs on the list
France and Portugal have been hotbeds for football talents in the past decade, and clubs from other countries have taken advantage of this fact. Three clubs from both nations have made the list of the ten clubs with the biggest transfer profits in the last decade of football.
Benfica leads the table with a net €764m profit in the transfer market from 2014 to 2023. Some of Benfica’s significant sales include Joao Felix, Enzo Fernandez, Darwin Nunez, and Ruben Dias.
AFC Ajax of the Netherlands is another club famous for producing world-class football talent. The Dutch giants find themselves in the second spot with a net profit of €434m. Antony, Frenkie de Jong, and Matthijs de Ligt have been Ajax’s biggest sales during this time.
RB Salzburg of Austria is the next name, with a net profit of €421m. Dominik Szoboszlai, Brendan Aaronson, and Karim Adiyemi have been the most notable departures from the Austrian club. Monaco FC are next on the list with €402m in transfer income. Needless to say, Kylian Mbappe has been the club’s biggest money drawer during the past decade.
The next two spots are occupied by the other two Portuguese giants, Sporting CP and Porto. Sporting, who sold the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Manuel Ugarte, have made €376m in transfers during the past decade. Porto is just behind with a profit of €352m. Porto’s biggest departures have been Otavio, Eder Militao, and Luis Diaz.
French sides Lille and Olympique Lyon are next on the list with €349m and €336m profits, respectively. PSV Eindhoven is next and also the second Dutch club on the list, with transfer profits accumulating to €263m. Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb completes the list with €251m in transfer profits over the past decade.