Cristiano Ronaldo made a move of 100 million euros from Real Madrid to Juventus. © AFP
The five major leagues in Europe spent a record $ 4.21 billion (3,620 million euros) in the summer transfer period, according to a study published by FIFA on Wednesday. The total amount of money spent by clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France increased by 6.6 percent from the $ 3.95 billion spent in the same transfer window last year.
The English Premier League, as expected, contributed more than any other league, but while its 20 clubs spent a total of $ 1.44 billion, the increase in spending was higher in Italy, where it rose almost 75 percent .
That was driven largely by Cristiano Ronaldo's move of 100 million euros from Real Madrid to Juventus, while club spending in the Spanish league increased 42.2 percent.
Around the world, the amount of money spent between June 1 and September 1 reached a record $ 5,440 million, since 182 of the 211 member associations of FIFA had their window of transfer open.
The results are taken from the analysis of FIFA's own International Matching Transfer System, which records all transfers completed.