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5 signings Barcelona want you to forget about

  • Barcelona are known for producing young superstars, but their signings are often not the best.
Akshay Pai
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 08:39 IST

24 Oct 2000:  Alfonso of Barcelona holds off Jonathan Woodgate of Leeds United during the UEFA Champions League match played at Elland Road, in Leeds, England. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport
Alfonso wasn’t able to recapture his Betis form at Barcelona

FC Barcelona have been the most successful club in the past decade. Barcelona’s golden generation boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Pedro, Xavi and Andres Iniesta has overseen unprecedented success for the club – even by Barcelona’s standards – dominating in Europe and in Spain alike.

The bedrock of this success can be attributed to the Blaugrana’s famed La Masia academy, churning out world-class footballers seemingly at will. The long list of graduates includes the aforementioned few along with many others like Pep Guardiola, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Carlos Puyol and Victor Valdes.

It is the club’s very identity and is ingrained in its footballing culture and genetics, taking great pride in one of their own contributing to the well-being and success of the club, on the pitch and off it.

Also read: 5 best signings by FC Barcelona

With such success, however, comes money and Barcelona have shown over the years that they are not afraid of splashing the cash and signing the most talented and high-profile players on the planet; recent big-money acquisitions of Luis Suarez and Neymar jump into mind.

But not every player who makes the move to Barcelona is a resounding success. Barcelona have made quite a few “dud” signings as we’d like to put it.

Here are 5 transfers that can be classified as questionable at best and downright terrible at worst.

#5 Alfonso

Barcelona signed the former Real Madrid youth graduate after one of the most controversial transfers in footballing history; Luis Figo swapping sides in the arch-rivalry that is Real Madrid vs Barcelona.

He was signed in 2000 for €16.5 million from Real Betis after he’d successfully upstaged the club’s most expensive acquisition at the time, Denilson.


The signing proved disastrous for the striker, who managed to net only 2 goals during his 2-year spell at Barcelona after scoring 57 in 152 appearances for Betis.

After an unsuccessful loan spell at Marseille, he was loaned back to former club Betis.

He constantly struggled with injuries and never managed to establish himself in the first team. He failed to replicate the form that saw him earn a move to Barcelona and after another 45 appearances and 10 goals, hung up his boots in 2005.

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