“Had Difficult Years”

    The former Dortmund Barcelona professional Ousmane Dembélé does not want to be asked any more questions about his supposedly critical lifestyle at the World Cup in Qatar. “I think we should delete this question in the future because a lot of things have changed,” said the French international at a press conference after being asked: “You change between 19, 20 and 25 years of age. Some things weren’t what you imagine. But I’ve matured and become more responsible, in my game and off the pitch.”

    He had “difficult years, three or four seasons,” said Dembélé, who switched from Stade Rennes to Dortmund in 2016 for around twelve million euros and went to FC Barcelona a year later for over 100 million. The sum has now grown to 140 million euros with bonuses.

    Dembélé has high goals at the World Cup in Qatar: “I’m ambitious,” he said: “I want to be a protagonist in this World Cup.” He was in the starting XI in the 4-1 win against Australia and put in a decent performance. Strong performances at FC Barcelona this year have seen Dembélé’s market value increase from €30m to €60m. The Frenchman collected twelve points in 20 LaLiga and Champions League games this season.

    Bale, Dembélé & Co.: All transfers over 100 million in chronological order

    Gareth Bale | Tottenham -> Real Madrid | Transfer fee: €101 million

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    Transfer in summer 2013

    Paul Pogba | Juventus -> Man United | Transfer fee: €105 million

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    Transfer in summer 2016

    Neymar | FC Barcelona -> PSG | Transfer fee: €222 million

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    Transfer in summer 2017

    Ousmane Dembele | BVB -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €140 million

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    Transfer in summer 2017

    Philippe Coutinho | Liverpool -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €135 million

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    Transfer in winter 2018

    Kylian Mbappe | AS Monaco -> PSG | Transfer fee: €180 million

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    Loan in the summer of 2017, permanent transfer in the summer of 2018. The fee increased from €145m to €180m with the contract extension at PSG.

    Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid -> Juventus | Transfer fee: €117 million

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    Transfer in summer 2018

    Eden Hazard | Chelsea -> Real Madrid | Transfer fee: €115 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    Antoine Griezmann | Atlético -> FC Barcelona | Transfer fee: €120 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    João Felix | Benfica -> Atlético | Transfer fee: €127.2 million

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    Transfer in summer 2019

    Jack Grealish | Aston Villa -> Man City | Transfer fee: €117.5 million

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    Transfer in summer 2021

    Romelu Lukaku | Inter -> Chelsea | Transfer fee: €113 million

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    Transfer in summer 2021

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