When a player signs a contract with a club, a release clause is also agreed on so that if a club pays that release amount they can directly negotiate personal terms with the players and can avoid negotiating with the player’s club.
However, not every football league has the mandatory rule of a release clause. Only, Spanish league, La Liga has the rule that every player must have a release clause.
PSG took advantage of that rule when they activated Neymar’s €222m release clause in 2017. So now the La Liga clubs keep astronomical figures as release clauses so that any club who wants to sign a player will have to negotiate with the club rather than paying the release clause.
So, here’s the top 10 football players with the highest release clause in 2021:
=10. Sergi Roberto | Barcelona | €500m
=10. Gerard Pique | Barcelona | €500m
=10. Gareth Bale | Real Madrid | €500m
=7. Marco Asensio | Real Madrid | €700m
=7. Isco | Real Madrid | €700m
=7. Vinicius Jr | Real Madrid | €700m
=4. Brahim Diaz | Real Madrid | €750m
=4. Federico Valverde | Real Madrid | €750m
=4. Luka Modric | Real Madrid | €750m
3. Antoine Griezmann | Barcelona | €800m
2. David Alaba | Real Madrid | €850m
1. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | €1bn