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3 Worst signings in Barcelona's history

  • A look at some of the worst signings in the history of Barcelona.
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Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League
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Despite the immense talents that lie in their famed La Masia academy, Barcelona are no strangers to splurging the cash on some of the greatest performers in modern football.

From Johan Cruyff and Ronaldinho to Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr, the Blaugrana have made some powerful signings that have gone on to shape a large chunk of their identity as a club.

Of course, not every signing has made a significant impact on the club but there have been several duds that have failed to make any sense for the Catalan giants.

In this article, we take a look at some of those duds in the form of Barcelona's three worst-ever signings with a handful of dishonourable mentions.

Players who almost made the list:

Emmanuel Petit (From Arsenal, €14m, 2000)

Emmanuel Petit was one of the few Arsenal players who failed to make a mark at Barcelona after their switch
Emmanuel Petit was one of the few Arsenal players who failed to make a mark at Barcelona after their switch

Emmanuel Petit was a force to be reckoned with under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and formed a spectacular midfield partnership with Patrick Vieira. 

Together with Marc Overmars, the Frenchman joined Barcelona in 2000 in a deal worth €14 million but endured an injury-laden identity crisis as a player and has since described the decision as the only regret in his career.

He went on to make 38 appearances for the Catalan giants and left after a single season to join his former club's London rivals, Chelsea.

Philippe Christanval (From Monaco, €6.5m, 2001)

Philippe Christanval spent two unfruitful years at Barcelona after leaving Monaco in 2001
Philippe Christanval spent two unfruitful years at Barcelona after leaving Monaco in 2001
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In 2001, Philippe Christanval left Monaco to join Barcelona in a €6.5 million switch that would turn out to be one of the worst moves in the history of the Catalan outfit.

The French centre-back made no contribution to the Blaugrana side and struggled to keep a hold of a first-team spot in the squad.

He eventually left Catalunya after two years and went on trial at Arsenal for two weeks. He ultimately failed to impress then-manager Arsene Wenger and missed out on a move to the north London giants.

Instead, the defender joined Fulham where he spent three seasons before retiring in 2009 at the young age of 31 after failing to find a new club.

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