11 stars with massive release clauses

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With FC Barcelona having included a staggering release clause in new signing Memphis Depay's contract, we take a look at some of the biggest buyout clauses in the game today!

Last week, the Blaugrana announced the signing of Netherlands forward Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon on a free transfer.

Read: Barca announce big-name signing

As reported by Diario AS on the weekend, a mammoth release clause of €400 million (R6.8 billion) was inserted into the 27-year-old's two-year contract with the LaLiga giants in case any club tries to sign him within the next couple of years.

In Spain, it is mandatory for a release clause to be included in a footballer's contract, and so it has become normal for the likes of Barca and Real Madrid to include steep buyout clauses in their players' deals to minimise the chances of them signing for a rival.

Scroll through the gallery above to see 11 stars with massive buyout clauses in their deals, per Squawka

Over the past decade, there has been an upward trend of huge release clauses, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo's clause of €1 billion (R17 billion) in his final contract with Los Blancos, although that was reportedly reduced to €120 million (R2 billion).

Currently, there is a long list of Real and Barca stars who have sizeable buyout clauses in their contracts, including Sergi Roberto, Gareth Bale, and Antoine Griezmann, among others – check out the gallery above to see who has some of the biggest release clauses in the game today!

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