Lioness smashes world record fee but it’s 475 times smaller than men’s record

Barcelona have just smashed the world record fee for a female player after signing England Euro 2022 hero Keira Walsh from Manchester City – though it's still 475 times smaller than the men's record.

The Spanish side spent £400,000 to land the 25-year-old, eviscerating the previous record £250,000, spent by Chelsea on Danish star Pernille Harder in 2020.

The move marks a significant moment in the history of women's football and aptly demonstrates the surge in popularity of the game in recent years, but there's still a long way to go before catching up with the men will be possible.

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Neymar's historic £198m move from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 remains the biggest transfer of all time, and the men's record has been over the £400,000 mark for over half a century now.

During Euro 2022, there was talk of Lioness Alessia Russo becoming the first £1m player in the women's game at some point in the near future, though for now, the spotlight belongs to Walsh – who won Player of the Match against Germany in the tournament final.

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After confirming Walsh's departure, City released a statement on the club website which read: "Everybody at Manchester City would like to thank Keira for her contributions during her time at the Club and wish her all the best for the future."

Walsh follows in the footsteps of fellow Euro 2022 champion Lucy Bronze, who also made the switch from City to Barcelona earlier this summer.


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