5 players who Barcelona regret selling
Barcelona are a club that more often than not, gets it spectacularly right in the transfer market, moulding unpolished gems into footballing superstars with great regularity, unlike their rivals Real Madrid who have quite often gotten it wrong in the transfer market. However, when it comes to selling a player at the right time, Barcelona have made a few egregious errors.
These are players who could have helped the Catalans earn even more trophies in the recent past, and proved that Barcelona were wrong to part ways with them by enjoying stellar careers away from the Camp Nou.
Here are 5 players Barcelona should never have sold, in no particular order.
#1 Samuel Eto’o
When Pep Guardiola signed off on the deal that let Samuel Eto’o depart from the Camp Nou to be replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he was probably considering it a masterstroke. Eto’o had proved temperamentally problematic for the serene Guardiola, and the Barcelona manager was replacing him with the best striker in world football, at that time.
Well, as things turned out, Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved to be a colossal failure at Barcelona, while Eto’o went on to create history with Inter Milan. The Cameroonian followed his treble winning season with Barcelona by winning the treble with Inter Milan (knocking out Barcelona along the way) the following season, becoming the only player in history to do so.
That €46 million Barcelona paid Inter Milan to sell them Samuel Eto’o is probably their costliest blunder, and Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti enjoyed the transfer, saying “"I'm not sure if the deal that brought Eto'o to the club was my best piece of transfer business ever, but I really think it was a great piece of business for us. Eto'o is fantastic. I do not want to take anything away from Ibrahimovic, but for everyone it was really a great deal to get Eto'o. Samuel is truly extraordinary.”