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Top 5 Greatest Signings Made By Pep Guardiola

There is no doubt that Pep Guardiola is currently one of the greatest managers in the world.

The successes he has had with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City place him among the elite coaches football will ever see.

The Spaniard manager has turned several average players into a world-class and has made some magnificent signings so far in his career.

However, in this article, we will look at the top five signings he has made so far in his managerial career.

Without any further wait, let’s begin.

1. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund – Bayern Munich)

It may surprise you to know that Bayern Munich signed one of the best strikers in the world for no single penny.

Signed from Dortmund under the Pep Guardiola era in the summer of 2014, Robert Lewandowski has turned out to be arguably one of the best strikers of all time.

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His positioning, techniques and goal-scoring ability place him among the elite in the game.

He has scored 238 goals in 253 games for Bayern, but it seems he has already played his last game for the club, as he has declared his intentions of wanting to leave this summer.

2. Javier Mascherano (Liverpool – Barcelona)

Mascherano joined Barcelona in 2010 under Pep Guardiola tutelage.

Though he was signed as a defensive Midfielder from England, the Catalan manager converted him to a central midfielder in Spain.

He was a loyal servant at Barcelona and went on to make 334 appearances for the club while winning nearly everything there was to win in club football.

3. Gerard Pique (Manchester United-Barcelona)

Some of us may not remember this, but Gerard Pique once played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

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Nevertheless, he was not a regular starter at the club, and this made him leave.

He joined Barcelona in 2008 and was the first of Pep Guardiola’s many signings as a manager.

He went on to make 391 appearances for the Blaugrana, cementing his place as one of the best defenders in Spain.

4. Dani Alves (Sevilla – Barcelona)

Pique, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, and Samuel Eto’o all had a massive role to play in Barcelona’s success under Pep Guardiola.

However, the system had little chance of working if not for Dani Alves’s presence at right back.

Signed from Sevilla in the summer of 2008, Dani Alves grew to become the engine room of Barcelona’s team.

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However, he spent eight seasons at Barcelona before leaving, but now he is back at the club.

5. Joshua Kimmich (Stuttgart- Bayern Munich)

Arguably one of the best players in his position, Joshua Kimmich joined Bayern Munich from VFB Stuttgart in 2016 under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage.

He improved leaps and bounds under the Catalan manager and both enjoyed a successful time together at Bayern Munich.

Kimmich has continued to be a key player in the Bayern Munich team and can become the best if he maintains the current trajectory.

 

 

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