With a rich history spanning over 120 years, the Blaugrana are one of Europe’s oldest football clubs. They’ve also been one of the most consistent clubs in local and continental events over the last decade, winning seven La Liga titles and three Champions League titles on the way to their second La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and Champions League treble in 2014-15.
Former Barcelona players who deserved an opportunity at Camp Nou are profiled here.
Which former Barcelona players should not have been sold by the club? here we look at former Barcelona players who deserved more of a chance at the Camp Nou. Which former Barcelona players should Barca not have sold?
- Arthur Melo
Barcelona has exchanged then 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic, who was 30 years old and for €10 million. Agreement was reached, and the players were swapped at the end of last two season. Pjanic was not a hit at Barcelona, but given their ages, letting Arthur go, who has so many years left in his career, is a decision Barcelona may come to regret at some point in the future.
- Samuel Eto’o
Samuel Eto’o managed to convince Guardiola to allow him to stay for a season after the manager was prepared to sell him in the summer of 2008, a decision that would be vindicated as the Cameroonian helped Barca to their first-ever treble. A goal in the Champions League final of 2009 was a fine way to sign off. But here was quite possibly one of the best centre-forwards of his generation being allowed to walk out through the front door and all because of yet another falling out with authority.
- Luis Figo
With Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert, the Portuguese international established a powerful attack at Barcelona. His professional graph was starting to climb. Surprisingly, Figo made a controversial €62 million transfer to Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid in July 2000. Real Madrid waived his release clause in order to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu, kicking off the era of the Galacticos. In 2000, Figo won the Ballon d’Or. Real Madrid paid out Figo’s release clause, so Barcelona couldn’t do anything, but they would have preferred if he had stayed at the Camp Nou.
- Luis Suarez
He was 33, yes. However, he just came on the back of a 20 goal season. His fitness levels are still good and what is more important is that he has a brilliant eye for goal. One of the best poachers in the circuit. Instead, the club let him go for 5 million in add-ons to join rivals Atletico Madrid, just to balance books for their own mistakes.
- Neymar jr
During four brilliant seasons, the Brazilian scored 108 goals in 186 games as Barcelona won a cornucopia of domestic and international honours, including the club’s second continental treble in 2014-15. However, Neymar felt that if he stayed in Catalonia, he would not be able to achieve his dream of winning the prized Ballon d’Or because of Barcelona’s icon Lionel Messi. After being notified, Paris St. Germain, backed by oil-rich owners, spent €222 million in 2017 to make Neymar the most expensive player in the world.
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