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The most expensive signings ever in women’s football

5. Ewa Pajor (£422.3k to Barcelona)

Ewa Pajor spent nine seasons at Wolfsburg
Ewa Pajor spent nine seasons at Wolfsburg / Mateusz Slodkowski/GettyImages

Barcelona announced they had signed Poland striker Ewa Pajor last month on a three-year deal for €500,000 (£422,300).

The 27-year-old made the move from Wolfsburg, where she’d spent the last nine seasons, scoring 136 goals in 196 appearances, including 18 in the Women’s Champions League .

Her track record last season of 18 goals in 19 games in the German league saw her be awarded with the top goalscorer award.

4. Mayra Ramirez (£422.3k to Chelsea)

Mayra Ramirez penned a four-year deal with Chelsea in January
Mayra Ramirez penned a four-year deal with Chelsea in January / Copa/GettyImages

Colombia forward Mayra Ramirez signed a four-year deal with Chelsea after sealing a €500,000 (£422,300) move in January, reaching a new British record.

3. Kika Nazareth (£549k to Barcelona)

Kika Nazareth joined Barcelona from Benfica

Barcelona confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Kika Nazareth from Benfica earlier this month for €650,000 (£549,000).

The Portugal international joined the Catalan side for four-years, through to 30 June 2028. She is known for being a skilled midfielder, who can also play in attack.

Nazareth scored five goals in the nine games she played in the Women’s Champions League, where her team reached the quarter finals last season, before going out to Marseille. She was instrumental in helping Benfica win all four domestic trophies last season.

Chelsea and Lyon also expressed interest in Nazareth, but lost out to Barcelona.

2. Barbara Banda (£581k to Orlando Pride)

Orlando Pride announced the arrival of Barbra Banda in March

Zambia international Barbra Banda’s move to Orlando Pride from Chinese club Shanghai Shengli for $740,000 (£581,000) saw her become the second-most expensive transfer in history.

The deal made in March saw Banda commit to four-years at Pride, becoming one of the highest-paid players in the United States’ NWSL. She scored 41 goals in 52 games for Shanghai Shengli, and has since bagged eight for Pride, helping the team become in league history to win eight matches in a row.

1. Racheal Kundananji (£685k to Bay FC)

Racheal Kundananji has scored two goals since being at Bay FC

Banda’s fellow Zambian Racheal Kundananji became the most expensive women’s footballer in history after joining Bay FC from Madrid CFF for $860,000 (£685,000) in February.

At just 23-years-old she became the first African player, male or female, to break a world transfer record. At the time, the forward agreed a four-year deal with the club, with the option of a further year, after scoring 33 goals in her 43 Liga F appearances for Madrid.


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