Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid spent $828m in cross-border trades which totalled $3.7bn in 2013, according to figures published by FIFA.
A rejuvenated Gervinho produced another inspirational performance for Roma, setting up one goal and scoring with a stylish effort of his own in a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona.
China's Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a championship decider against Stan Wawrinka.
Kevin Durant had another stellar offensive performance, scoring 36 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat San Antonio 111-105 to move a half-game in front of the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.
A resurgent Roger Federer weathered a belated challenge from Andy Murray at the Australian Open to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with rival Rafa Nadal.
Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has been upset in a dramatic five-setter against Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarterfinals, ending his 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
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