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Top 15 Worst Signings By Barcelona

When it comes to setting records and making history, Barcelona certainly do it like no other. In 2010, three players who came through the club’s youth academy were shortlisted to vie for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, an award which has recently been won for a record fifth time by a Barcelona player. In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the treble and also the first football club to win six out of six competitions in a single year. They won five trophies in 2011 and then took things to a whole new level in 2015 when they won the treble for a second time thus becoming the first European club to achieve such a feat.

While great managers certainly contribute to the success, most of the credit goes to the players. Barcelona have had the honor of having some of the best players in football history don their shirts throughout the years. While some of these players are youth academy products, others happen to be signings from other clubs. However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing when it comes to theirs signings as some players ended up being absolute busts after they joined Barcelona.

Arsenal has certainly benefited a lot from Barcelona’s poor decisions. There’s been a couple of former Arsenal players that have ended up being flops at Barcelona and it makes you wonder just how many times Barcelona will allow themselves to be duped into spending their millions. Not all players came from Arsenal however, and some of them actually happened to be decent players who either weren’t given the chance to prove themselves or just found it hard to adapt to Barcelona’s style of playing. Regardless of the poor performances by these players, the main disadvantage for the club is usually the losses incurred when a player goes to another club for a lower price than the one which they were bought for or worse, for free. Here are the top 15 worst Barcelona signings.

15 Henrique Adriano

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14 Juan Roman Riquelme

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The attacking midfielder joined Barcelona from Boca Juniors in 2002, for a fee of €11 million but his time at the club was perhaps doomed from the start after manager Louis van Gaal described him as a “political signing”. Van Gaal often played him out of position as a winger, thus he wasn’t able to adapt to Barcelona’s playing style and as a result, lost his place in the first team. He was loaned out to Villareal for the following two seasons before they eventually signed him.

13 Alfonso

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12 Roberto Bonano

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11 Martin Caceres

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10 Gabriel Milito

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9 Philippe Christanval

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8 Alexander Hleb

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7 Javier Saviola

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6 Dmytro Chygrynskiy

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5 Geovanni

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4 Gerard Lopez

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3 Marc Overmars

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2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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1 Keirrison

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The top spot goes to the nominal Barcelona player. In 2009, Barcelona bought him from Palmeiras for €14 million after some good performances in the Brazilian league. They then loaned him to five different clubs in five years until his contract ran out in 2014. While Henrique at least got to play in preseason matches, Keirrison never got the chance to wear a Barcelona shirt. It’s believed that Barcelona loaned him out in the hope that he would perform well so they could sell him for profit. It is also quite pointless to sign a player and not have him play a single game for the club.

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