We all know that sports generate a lot of money. In soccer, there are only two chances for players to be transferred between teams. The first is during a three-month window in the summer and the second is a one-month window in the winter. Because most leagues around the world start in August, the summer transfer window is the only chance clubs get to strengthen their team before the season starts. This turns the summer into a whirlwind of rumors, negotiations and money splashing that’s unrivaled across the world of sport.
This year was no different as teams from around the world combined to spend over $3 billion on transfers. Take a look at the chart to see how that money breaks down.