5 Footballers who have played for both Barcelona and Manchester United since 2000
Both Barcelona and Manchester United are among the biggest clubs in world football. Barcelona stand for the pride of the Catalunya region of Spain, whereas United are the biggest club in English football and arguably the most popular club in the world.
Barcelona have won the UEFA Champions League 5 times and the La Liga title 25 times. On the other hand, United have won the Champions League 3 times and the Premier League title 20 times.
There have been quite a few players, who have played for both of these clubs. In this article, we will have a look at the 5 players who have done so since 2000 as we anticipate their upcoming clash in the Champions League next week:
#5 Henrik Larsson
Henrik Larsson, a great Swedish striker, played for both the clubs with distinction. He joined Barca in 2004 and spent a few seasons there. He also helped Barca win 1 Champions League and 2 LaLiga titles during that period. Larsson scored 19 goals in 59 matches for the Catalan giants.
Larsson helped Barca win the Champions League in 2006 when they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final in Paris. He provided assists for both the goals in the final and was arguably the best Barca player in that match.
He joined United on loan in 2007 and spent a solitary season with them. He remained a very opportunistic striker with an excellent header. He played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, and Wayne Rooney, and scored 3 goals in 13 matches for United. He also won the Premier League title with them before leaving the club in 2008.