10 recent Dutch players to have signed for Barcelona
"More than a club", as FC Barcelona's tagline goes, the Catalan side has seen several foreign signings that have gone on to become integral parts of the club's vast heritage. While none of such signings would trump the importance of a certain lad who joined from Argentina, Barcelona does have its fair share of linked history with players of various nationalities.
Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Dani Alves, Neymar, and now Arthur and Coutinho and so on represent the club's Brazilian link, while Messi, Riquelme, Maradona and Mascherano and so on came from Argentina. We have similar lists for French, Spanish players and more, but none of these lists would even come close to how important several Dutch players have become, to the current La Liga holders across various points of time.
The Spanish giants have had a very rich tradition of unlocking some vastly rich talent from Netherlands, their latest signing Frenkie De Jong (completed day before yesterday, coming from Ajax for €75 million + €11 million in variables) who is bound to join from the start of next season - being the latest in a long line. In tune with this thunderous signing, we thought it would be good to take a look at Barca's ten most recent signings from the Orange country. Here we go then:
10. Patrick Kluivert (from Milan, €8.75 million)-
A true Barcelona legend; one among the likes of Johan Cruyff and Ronald Koeman; was senior Kluivert. The center-forward joined from Milan after netting six times in 27 appearances there. His transfer was sensational - an hour before the summer transfer window of 1998 ended, Barca announced that Kluivert was coming in for four seasons, having sealed the business with the Rossoneri for €8.75 million. Kluivert went on to feature in 249 games for Barcelona, scoring a whopping 124 times.
His entry in '98-'99 to partner Rivaldo up front was an instant success, as he helped Barca win the Spanish League. He was also the top-scorer with 16 goals. In the next five seasons, Kluivert would go on to be top-scorer three more times, but Barca went trophyless in the La Liga all along.
He was released in 2004 along with three other Dutch players - Frank de Boer, Marc Overmars and Edgar Davids - and Kluivert chose Newcastle United to go on a free transfer. Kluivert most recently featured in a Barca Legends game against the Uganda All-Stars in 2016, when he scored a magnificent goal via a lobbed shot, showing glimpses of what he used to do on his best days.