5 of Barcelona's strangest signings ever
As one of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs, FC Barcelona are no strangers to bringing in some of the world’s best players, whether it’s the likes of Romario and Ronaldo in the 1990’s or today’s big superstars like Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
Even Barcelona aren’t immune to the odd strange signing, though. Sure, they’ve signed big names over the years that didn’t quite fit in. Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t work out too great for instance – but the following five players were bizarre signings from the moment they arrived.
Here are 5 of the strangest signings in Barcelona history.
#1: Rustu Recber
Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber was a man in demand in the early 2000’s, largely due to his heroics in the 2002 World Cup that helped Turkey surprisingly make it all the way to the semi-finals.
After a further season at his longtime club Fenerbahce, Rustu was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the summer of 2003, but chose to move to Barcelona on a free transfer.
Unfortunately, things got strange for poor Rustu right away. A solid pre-season was curtailed by injury, but despite a quick recovery, manager Frank Rijkaard refused to slot the Turk into Barca’s #1 position for a rather odd reason – he had a poor grasp of the Spanish language.
Surely this would’ve been something Rijkaard would’ve known prior to signing the keeper, but apparently, this wasn’t the case. Despite protesting to the media that a keeper of his reputation should be playing regularly, Rijkaard instead stuck with Victor Valdes.
In the end, Rustu made just 7 appearances for Barca before moving back to Fenerbahce, initially on loan and then in a permanent deal. Quite why Barcelona bothered to sign him in the first place remains a mystery.