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Ranked: Every Barcelona player by their release clause

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:30, 2 July 2020

One of the greatest, and wealthiest, clubs in the world, Barcelona have untold riches both on and off the pitch.

Hosting some of the best players in Europe, the La Liga giants have to keep the vultures from circling their players as they try to build another dynasty – especially considering Spanish clubs are obliged to include release clauses in all player contracts.

The first step to keeping your players – one that had looked all but unassailable before Paris Saint-Germain bought Neymar – is to set their release clause at a prohibitively high amount.

So who would cost rival teams the most to entice away from Barcelona? Find out below, where we’ve ranked every Barcelona player ranked by their release clause, from lowest to highest.

26. Carles Alena

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 06/09/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €75m

A La Masia graduate, Carles Alena made 35 appearances for the Barcelona first team in the 2018/19 season. However, the 22-year-old has spent the current campaign on loan at Real Betis and has not ruled out a permanent move. But for now, his Barcelona release clause stands at €75m.

22=. Moussa Wague

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 05/08/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

Moussa Wague initially joined Barcelona‘s B team in 2018 but was moved up to the senior squad ahead of the current season. However, playing time was scarce, resulting on a loan move to Nice – although that was cut short due to Ligue 1’s curtailment.

22=. Ronald Araujo

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 29/08/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €100m

Ronald Araujo joined Barcelona’s B team in 2018 from Uruguayan side Boston River but was still given a €100m release clause. The 21-year-old made his first-team debut as a sub in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Sevilla in October 2019 but was sent off after just 14 minutes on the pitch. Araujo was then handed his first start in the 4-0 win over Real Mallorca in June.

22=. Riqui Puig

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 11/06/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2021

Release clause: €100m

Regarded by some as the future of Barcelona’s midfield, Riqui Puig has become a regular feature for the club in recent weeks.

22=. Nelson Semedo

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 14/07/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €100m

A regular at right-back, Semedo has played 117 games across all competitions for the club, including 90 starts.

21. Ivan Rakitic

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 09/03/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2021

Release clause: €125m

Originally signing in 2014 from Sevilla, Rakitic’s performances with Barcelona earned him a new contract in March 2017 with a big €125m release clause.

The midfielder has won four La Ligas, four Copa del Reys and one Champions League in his five years at the club so far, though his future is currently in doubt.

20. Jean-Clair Todibo

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 31/01/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €150m

One for the future, the 20-year-old centre-back has made five Barcelona appearances since joining from Toulouse and spent the second-half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Schalke.

19. Ansu Fati

Position: Winger

Contract signed: 04/12/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €170m

Ansu Fati has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Barcelona having been promoted from the famed La Masia academy in the summer.

He was rewarded for his performances with a new contract until 2022, with the option to extend it for a further two years and a release clause rise from €100m to €170m. But that will once again rise to €400m when he signs a professional contract as a full-time member of the first-team upon his 18th birthday on October 31, 2020.

18. Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract signed: 29/05/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €180m

Originally a back-up for Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen became Barcelona‘s number one goalkeeper when the Chilean signed for Manchester City in 2016.

Ter Stegen was then offered a new contract by Barcelona in 2017, with a €180m release clause, and has turned into one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

15=. Junior Firpo

Position: Left-back

Contract signed: 04/08/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €200m

Junior Firpo’s stock has risen greatly over the past few years, especially since helping Spain win this summer’s Uefa U-21 European Championships. After arriving from Real Betis, he initially deputised for Jordi Alba but doesn’t look ready to fully replace him. But like many of his new teammates, Firpo has a massive €200m release clause and is appears well thought of in the Catalan region.

15=. Neto

Position: Goalkeeper

Contract signed: 27/06/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €200m

Despite being signed to play back up to Ter Stegen, 2019 arrival Neto actually has a higher release clause than the German.

15=. Luis Suarez

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 16/12/2016

Contract until: 30/06/2021

Release clause: €200m

Signing from Liverpool amid controversy in 2014, Luis Suarez has continued to grow as one of the best centre-forwards in the world.

His partnership and understanding with Lionel Messi earned him a new contract in 2016 with a release clause of €200m – which he has repaid by scoring 193 goals in 276 games.

12=. Arturo Vidal

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 06/08/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2021

Release clause: €300m

Looking to fill gaps in the midfield, Barcelona signed Arturo Vidal from German champions Bayern Munich in 2018. Giving the Chilean a three-year deal, Barcelona also slapped a €300m release clause onto the ageing star.

12=. Clement Lenglet

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 12/07/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €300m

Lenglet has made 78 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona since joining in 2018 and will be looking to improve on his partnership alongside Gerard Pique with a €300m release clause.

12=. Martin Braithwaite

Position: Striker

Contract signed: 20/02/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €300m

An emergency signing from Leganes in February following the season-ending injury of Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona after the club triggered his €18m release clause. Ensuring the same couldn’t happen to them, Barca slapped a €300m clause on the Dane.

9=. Frenkie de Jong

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 01/07/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €400m

One of the best young midfielders in the world, Barcelona have made sure they will not lose Frenkie de Jong easily, with a €400m release clause.

9=. Miralem Pjanic

Position: Midfielder

Contract starts: 01/09/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €400m

Although he will not officially become a Barcelona player until the end of the current season, Miralem Pjanic has signed his Blaugrana contract, which includes a €400m release clause – the same as Arthur, whom he replaces.

9=. Ousmane Dembele

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 25/08/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €400m

The former Borussia Dortmund man is one expected to be at Barcelona for years, signing a five-year deal in 2017 with a €400m release clause.

While injuries and misuse have hampered his development so far at the Nou Camp, there are still high expectations for the young Frenchman.

3=. Jordi Alba

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 28/02/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €500m

Barcelona‘s number one left-back since signing from Valencia in 2012, Alba’s importance to the club was stressed when he was offered a new five-year deal in February 2019 – less than a month before his 30th birthday.

With a ridiculous release clause of €500m, Alba has played 329 times for Barcelona so far, scoring 17 goals.

3=. Francisco Trincão

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 01/07/2020

Contract until: 30/06/2025

Release clause: €500m

Barcelona’s winter recruit officially joined the club in July, having spent the remainder of the 2019/200 campaign at Braga.

The Catalan club has wasted little time ensuring the 20-year-old will only be sold for a whopping fee in the future.

3=. Sergio Busquets

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 27/09/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €500m

Arguably the best central midfielder in world football, Sergio Busquets came from Barcelona‘s academy to become an integral part of the club.

Such is the Spaniard’s importance that he was given a new five-year contract in 2018 with a release clause of €500m – a big hands-off warning from Barcelona.

3=. Samuel Umtiti

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 04/06/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2023

Release clause: €500m

Signed from Lyon in 2016, the French centre-back has established himself as a first-choice defender for Barcelona in his four years at the club. Umtiti signed a new contract in 2018 taking his release clause up to a massive €500 million, surely pricing out any moves abroad for the time being.

3=. Sergi Roberto

Position: Midfielder

Contract signed: 19/01/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €500m

The scorer of a historic goal in 2017 when Barcelona came back from 4-0 down on aggregate to beat PSG 6-5 in the Champions League, Sergi Roberto has found himself to be a big part of the club.

His importance was highlighted in January 2018 when his new contract saw a massive €500m release clause put in for the La Masia graduate.

3=. Gerard Pique

Position: Defender

Contract signed: 30/01/2018

Contract until: 30/06/2022

Release clause: €500m

Barcelona‘s best central defender and a key part of the club’s identity, Gerard Pique was rewarded for his service to the club with a new four-year deal in 2018 almost ensuring he would end his career in Spain.

2. Lionel Messi

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 25/11/2017

Contract until: 30/06/2021

Release clause: €700m

Arguably the greatest player to have ever played football, recently adding a sixth Ballon d‘Or, many teams have tried to entice Lionel Messi away from Barcelona.

But each time they are swatted away by both club and player, with the Argentine committing another four years to Barcelona in November 2017 – accompanied by a release clause of €700m.

1. Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

Position: Forward

Contract signed: 12/07/2019

Contract until: 30/06/2024

Release clause: €800m

Despite Messi‘s stature at Barcelona, one man has a higher release clause. Antoine Griezmann finally made the move to the Nou Camp in July 2019 and his five-year deal was accompanied by a staggering €800m release clause.