The 2023-24 Premier League season is almost upon us which can only mean one thing – the return of fantasy football.
Fantasy Premier League has been around for over 20 years and has grown a global fan base in that time. We all try to get ahead of the curve by uncovering the next breakout star who has been undervalued by the game, but ultimately we can’t stay away from the marquee players.
With the 2023-24 game now out, we’ve gone back through the history of the game and found the seven most expensive FPL players of all time.
Frank Lampard (£13m)
When it comes to goalscoring midfielders, few have ever done it better than Lampard. It’s no real surprise that the Premier League’s highest-ever scoring midfielder peaked at such a high value.
Back in 2010, Lampard held the record for the most FPL points in a season with 284. He scored 22 goals from midfield that year and was priced at £13m the following year.
Mohamed Salah (£13m)
After a record-breaking debut season which saw the Liverpool winger rack up a whopping 303 points, Salah was priced at £13m at the beginning of 2018-19.
These days he is a staple in most teams as his consistency has been absolutely staggered over the years. Since joining Liverpool, his lowest points return was 231, which is still absent amazing.
The 31-year-old also started last season at £13m and managed to collect 239 points throughout the campaign. At this point, he firmly sits on the FPL Mount Rushmore.
Thiery Henry (£14m)
FPL was created during Henry’s peak and he was the must-have star in the mid-2000s. After five consecutive seasons of scoring more than 20 league goals, it’s no wonder his price peaked at £14m.
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Cristiano Ronaldo (£14m)
The most expensive midfielder in FPL history, who else but Ronaldo? His price peaked following his remarkable campaign in 2007-08, which saw him score 31 goals and provide seven assists.
Just imagine if he’d spent his peak years in the Premier League…
Robin van Persie (£14m)
The Dutch forward climbed to £14m in the game after his debut season with Manchester United. Van Persie spearheaded United to the title that year, scoring 26 goals and providing nine assists.
He struggled to reach the same heights the following year though and like plenty of the United squad, suffered a steep drop in form under David Moyes.
“Moyes was not to blame, anyone who came in after Ferguson good luck to you,” Van Persie told BT Sport. “It was not only him to blame, it was us as well. The standards were so high but they dropped.”
Erling Haaland (£14m)
No surprises here. After breaking the Premier League goalscoring record in his debut season, it’s no wonder that Haaland is now the most expensive player in the game.
Even at £14m, he’s still going to be in virtually everyone’s squad. It will take some effort for Haaland to beat his tally of 272 points from last season, but we wouldn’t rule anything out.