This year was an expensive year for teams trying to claim top talent. Not only was the transfer record shattered, the Premier League's influx of cash meant more teams could enter bidding wars. Oh, and the Chinese Super League threw around its surprising amount of weight in the transfer market again. And of course, the continental juggernauts splashed the cash, too.
As 2016 winds down, here's a look back at the 10 priciest transfers from the calendar year.
Note: Transfers done late in the 2015/16 winter window are eligible. All transfer data via transfermarkt.com.