Top 5 players who became better after leaving Barcelona
Més que un Club, FC Barcelona is “more than a club” in Catalonia because it is one of its greatest ambassadors and also represents Catalan pride.
Barcelona is one the most followed and most successful football clubs in the world. Their legacy cannot be forgotten as long as the game lives. Some of the greatest players of the game like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Laszlo Kubala, Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Diego Maradona, Pep Guardiola, and Johan Cruyff have played at their famous ground, Camp Nou, Europe's largest football stadium.
It is not easy for any footballer to succeed under the expectations and pressure of playing for Barcelona. Many succeded and at the same time, a lot of world-class players underperformed. Some left the club and went on to have a great career elsewhere.
With that being said, let's take a look at the 5 players who spent time at Camp Nou, but performed better only after leaving the club
#5 Mark Hughes
Manchester United sold Mark Hughes to Barcelona in 1986. The transfer surprised many because the Welshman was with United ever since he was 14. However, his stay at the Camp Nou ended in two years.
He played 36 games for Barcelona and scored 5 goals during the 1986/87 season. He was loaned to Bayern the next season where he made only 23 appearances. Eventually, Mark Hughes returned to Old Trafford in 1988 for a then club record fee of £1.8 million.
He then went on to lift 2 Premier League and 3 FA Cup titles with Manchester United. Hughes made 352 appearances for Manchester United in his second stint and scored 116 goals. He also lifted the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1988/89 and 1990/91.