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5 players who were lucky to represent FC Barcelona

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After just one year at the club, Hleb went on to spend the next 3 years on loan

Playing for Barcelona is one of the highest regarded achievements in football. They have produced talents such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and have been able to purchase some of the best players in world football over the years as well.

However, some people have been extremely lucky to have represented the Spanish giants, playing bit part roles for the team. Despite some of them having reasonably successful careers elsewhere, many wouldn’t argue these five players were very lucky to have represented FC Barcelona.

#5 Aleksandr Hleb

To put into perspective how lucky Hleb was to have represented Barcelona, the clubs he played for afterwards included Krylia Sovetov Samara, BATE Borisov, Konyaspor and Gençlerbirlii, clubs unrecognisable to many.

After three years and 89 appearances at Arsenal, Hleb made a move to Barcelona where he hoped he would make a name for himself. He moved to the Spanish club for €17 million and after showing his talent at the Gunners, many thought he would fit in at Barcelona. However, it wasn’t to be and he appeared just 19 times in the league.

After just one year at the club, he went on to spend the next 3 years on loan, proving how unwanted he became at Barca. It was an unfortunate end to his career in Europe, but his decision to sacrifice game time at Arsenal and make a move to Spain was always a risky decision.

Many knew he was not good enough to play for Barcelona, and his time there showed that.

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