Top 5 players who played for Chelsea and Barcelona
In the vast world of club football, Chelsea and Barcelona are regarded as two of the biggest heavyweights, thanks to their trophy cabinets. Both the Nou Camp and Stamford Bridge have their heads held up high due to the glittering histories they boast about.
Both clubs are known to have starkly different mentalities in terms of the players they bring to their clubs. The Spanish giants are known to develop young prospects into world-class players while Roman Abrahamovic has revolutionized the Londoners after making a reputation for being a heavy spender in the transfer market.
Hence, the aims at both the clubs might be the same. But, the ways to achieve them have no affinity with each other. Chelsea are used to playing an exciting brand of attacking football based on pace. Barcelona, on the other hand, are used to being more technical in terms of the style of play, emphasizing on possession-based play.
In this slideshow, we rank the top five players who have shown their versatility by adjusting easily in these clubs with philosophies that are poles apart from each other.
#5: Eidur Gudjohnsen
Icelandic forward Eidur Gudjohsen joined the Blues in a £4.5 million deal to partner Dutchman Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink on the front. The duo earned a wide reputation as one of the deadliest duos to grace the Premier League. In a six-year stint from 2000 to 2006, Gudjohnsen appeared 263 times and netted 78 times for the Londoners.
The prolific forward swapped his club with Spanish giants, Barcelona, in a £8 million transfer to replace Henrikh Larsson at the Nou Camp. His time with La Blaugrana proved to be successful in terms of silverware.
Gudjhonsen was a part of the treble-winning season of Barcelona in 2008-09. Gudjohsen played in the blue and burgundy shirt for three years from 2006 to 2009. He netted 19 goals in 114 games for the club.