Top 5 players Barcelona will regret not signing
FC Barcelona is arguably one of the most celebrated football clubs in the world. FC Barcelona is, as the motto says, “Mes que un club,” meaning more than a club. Some of the legends of the game like Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Pep Guardiola, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, and Laszlo Kubala have played for the Blaugrana in the past.
Barcelona's famous La Masia academy has produced some of the more recent legends of the game like Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, and Lionel Messi. Also, the club has spent a lot of money in buying world-class players like Luiz Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Neymar, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Despite all these legendary names, the club has also declined opportunities to sign some great talents in world football. On that note, let’s take a look at 5 players Barcelona will always rue not signing the most:
#5 Luka Modric
There are only a few, if any, who are better central midfielders in the world than Luka Modric right now. The Croatian led Real Madrid to successive UEFA Champions League titles and has been brilliant for Los Blancos over the last few years. He is one of the best passers in the game with an excellent first touch and ball control.
According to former Barcelona scout Bojan Krkic Sr., Barcelona reportedly turned down the chance to sign Luka Modric in 2008. Luka Modric had a breakout 2007/08 season with Dinamo Zagreb and found himself on the radars of top European clubs.
However, Barcelona were reportedly not looking for a long-term solution at that time and they already had quality in the middle of the park with Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Yaya Toure, and hence, they passed out the chance to sign him.
He then moved to Tottenham Hotspur in a £16.5 million deal, before moving to arch-rivals Real Madrid in 2012.