Like many other clubs in the world, Barcelona have been known to sign numerous players in each transfer window; while some performed greatly to the expectation of the club, others unfortunately turn out to be a bad signing.
Though the likes of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Rivaldo, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr proved to be excellent signing for the club.
We will be looking at the worst signings of the club which includes those who did not play to the club’s expectations.
Below is 5 of Barcelona’s worst signing ever:
1. Emmanuel Amunike
Barcelona signed Emmanuel Amunike from Sporting CP in 1996 for a fee of £3m and stayed for four years at Camp Nou.
Amunike was part of the Nigeria team which took part in the 1994 World cup, but his stay at Barcelona was not a successful one as he only made few appearances.
In 1997 after he suffered a knee injury, he could barely feature at all; he later signed a deal with Albacete in 2000.
2. Vitor Baia
Vitor Baia was signed from FC Porto in 1996 for a fee of £6.5m and is considered the greatest goalkeeper in the history of Porto, making more than 300 appearances for the club before joining Barca with a big reputation.
However, in Barcelona he had tough times during his two-season spell at the club between 1996-1998, also making numerous mistakes during his stay with the Blaugrana.
In the summer of 1994, he returned to Porto and endsd up winning a lot of titles which included the champions league under Jose Mourinho.
3. Alex Hleb
Hleb moved to Barca from Arsenal in the summer of 2008 for a £17m deal and also made a number of first-team appearances for Barca, but he didn’t actually contribute in the team’s treble triumph that season.
Despite being an impressive player at Arsenal, the Belarus midfielder made 36 appearances for Barcelona which were quickly forgotten due to his inability to score a single goal for the club
4. Dmytro Chygrynskiy
Dmytro Chygrynskiy was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009 for a transfer fee of £25m which was indeed one of Barca’s strange signing.
However, Dmytro spent only one season at Barca, which was indeed a disappointing one for the Ukrainian international.
He made only 14 appearances for the Catalan club and was sold back to Shakhtar for £15m in the smer of 2010.
In the summer of 2014, Barca signed Douglas from Sao Paulo for a transfer fee of £4m which included about £1.5m in add-ons.
His stay at Barcelona was not a successful one as he made only 8 appearances in two seasons and was widely ridiculed after a dreadful performance against Málaga in La Liga.
After that, he was mostly used in Copa de Rey instead of La Liga.