Mes que un club.
FC Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in world football. Indeed, true to their motto, the institution represents more than a club to 5 million Catalonians. In these troubled times, the beauty and success at display on Camp Nou provide a welcome relief from the chaos that prevails outside the pitch.
24 League titles, 29 domestic cups, 5 CL titles – chances are you have never pulled on their traditional Blue and Red unless you are quite special. Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi – a number of the players who have featured for the Blaugrana would comfortably find themselves in a compilation of the best the planet has ever had to offer.
Yet as they say in Manchester, for every Paul Scholes who wins a PL medal, a Bebe wins one too.
Considering their financial might and historical pull of the club, there are very few players in the world who would turn down FC Barcelona; which makes it all the more astonishing that certain players who clearly fall short of that standard find themselves ensconced in Barca comforts.
Here are 5 players who are lucky to be playing for FC Barcelona:
#5 Andre Gomes
Dubbed a “poor man’s Pogba” by certain sections of the media, Gomes’ performances for Valencia and Portugal caught the eye of many a club before Barcelona came calling. The talent was there for all to see, the fee was normal at most in a crazily inflated transfer market.
At 22, Gomes had the potential to be the future of FC Barcelona midfield.
However, as he would soon find out, filling in for midfield maestros in the mould of Xavi, Iniesta, and Rakitic would prove to be beyond him. He hasn’t been a bad player, but he has not set Camp Nou alight either.
For a club that has traditionally looked to win matches in the centre of the park, Gomes has proved a disappointment. In all due fairness, though, it would be a tough mantle to take up for most midfielders in the world.