5 players whose careers dipped after joining Barcelona
Barcelona is every footballer's dream destination. When the Catalan giants come calling, it is really hard for any footballer to say no; such is the legacy of the football club. They often make high profile signings and get it right most of the time.
The playing style at Barcelona may not suit every footballer and the club hierarchy have always been very careful in buying players. However, there are few instances when Barcelona failed to buy the right player in the transfer market.
Even the best have struggled at Barcelona because of the sheer pressure and expectations. Barcelona have produced some of the greatest footballers in the world through its famous youth system - La Masia - but they've also had a fair share of wasted talent.
Let's have a look at the top 5 players who wasted away at Barcelona:
After finishing as the youngest top goal scorer in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A history with 23 goals, Keirrison moved to Palmeiras in 2009. The 20-year-old had a stunning 6 months with Palmeiras, before moving to the Spanish Giants in a €14 + €2 million deal.
Pep Guardiola decided to loan him out immediately and Keirrison ended up in Benfica. He went on for successive loan spells to Fiorentina, Santos, Cruzeiro, and Coritiba. In 2014, his contract with Barcelona was terminated and he moved back to Coritiba on a permanent deal, without making a single appearance for the Catalan club.
He later moved to various clubs but was never able to resurrect his career. What started as a promising career at Coritiba, ended up in a disaster at Barcelona. Many felt his move to Barcelona came a season, or two, too early, but Barcelona never gave him a chance to settle down and prove his worth.