Indeed, Shearer does not figure in the top ten, and I'd be surprised if he made the top 100.
Will Newcastle United ever again be able to make a world record transfer?
So who IS the most expensive?
1. Cristiano Ronaldo - Signed: £80m; Inflation: £94m
Ronaldo's transfer from Man United to Real Madrid in 2009 remains a world record deal at £80m, but owing to inflation, the Portuguese superstar would cost roughly £14m more if he were to move now.
According to Forbes' latest list of the world's best paid athletes, Ronaldo comes in at number nine, picking up around £29m in endorsements alone.
WORLD RECORD TRANSFERS .
2009 £80,000,000 Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd to Real Madrid 2009 £56,100,000 Kaka AC Milan to Real Madrid 2001 £45,600,000 Zinedine Zidane Juventus to Real Madrid 2000 £37,000,000 Luis Figo Barcelona to Real Madrid 2000 £35,500,000 Hernan Crespo Parma to Lazio 1999 £31,000,000 Christian Vieri Lazio to Inter Milan 1998 £21,900,000 Denilson Sao Paulo to Real Betis 1997 £19,500,000 Ronaldo Barcelona to Inter Milan 1996 £15,000,000 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle Utd 1992 £13,000,000 Gianluigi Lentini Torino to AC Milan 1992 £12,500,000 Gianluca Vialli Sampdoria to Juventus 1992 £10,000,000 Jean-Pierre Papin Marseille to AC Milan 1990 £8,000,000 Roberto Baggio Fiorentina to Juventus 1987 £6,000,000 Ruud Gullit PSV Eindhoven to AC Milan 1984 £5,000,000 Diego Maradona Barcelona to Napoli 1982 £3,000,000 Diego Maradona Boca Juniors to Barcelona 1978 £1,700,000 Paolo Rossi Juventus to Lanerossi Vicenza 1975 £1,200,000 Giuseppe Savoldi Bologna to Napoli 1973 £920,000 Johan Cruyff Ajax to Barcelona 1968 £500,000 Pietro Anastasi AS Varese 1910 to Juventus 1963 £250,000 Angelo Sormani AC Mantova to Roma 1961 £142,000 Luis Suarez Barcelona to Inter Milan 1957 £94,000 Omar Sivori River Plate to Juventus 1954 £72,000 Juan Schiaffino Penarol to A.C. Milan 1952 £51,000 Hans Jeppsson Atalanta to Napoli 1932 £23,000 Bernabe Ferreyra Club Atletico Tigre to River Plate 1929 £10,890 David Jack Bolton Wanderers to Arsenal 1925 £6,550 Bob Kelly Burnley to Sunderland 1922 £5,500 Warney Cresswell South Shields to Sunderland 1922 £5,000 Sydney Puddefoot West Ham Utd to Falkirk 1920 £3,500 David Jack Plymouth Argyle to Bolton Wanderers 1914 £2,500 Percy Dawson Hearts to Blackburn Rovers 1913 £1,500 Charlie Roberts Manchester Utd to Oldham Athletic 1905 £1,000 Alf Common Sunderland to Middlesbrough 1904 £700 Andrew McCombie Sunderland to Newcastle Utd 1902 £520 Alf Common Sheffield Utd to Sunderland
Source: Newcastle United Mad