5 Top Flop Barcelona Players
They are talented, just unlucky
5. Javier Saviola
Saviola, since retired, is a former a Argentine footballer that played for FC Barcelona, much like his countryman Lionel Messi, although not nearly as good. The Argentine was a highly regarded player at his young age although his career never lived up to the potential. But in 2001, at age 19, he moved to Barca from River Plate on a £15 million transfer. He would stay with FC Barcelona until 2007, when he would sign for their league rivals Real Madrid.
4 Alexander Hleb
Alexander Hleb is a center attacking midfielder who, at age 35, still plays professional football for the club Bate Borisov. Earlier in his career, when Hleb was in his prime at 27 years old, he joined Barcelona from Arsenal for €15 million on a four-year contract. Although Hleb had been a very popular figure at Arsenal under coach Arsene Wenger, so much so that Arsenal fans even invented a song for him to the tune of Johnnie Allan's Rubber Dolly, "Alexander Hleb, Alexander Hleb, He's good at football, Alexander Hleb". His success at Arsenal didn’t transfer to Barcelona, where Hleb had a hard time fitting in on and off the pitch. After signing in 2008, he would only make five appearances until March 2009. After just a year, Hleb was fed up, and was quoted saying “I am right in the best years of my career and I do not want to spend those years on bench. Bayern Munich is a special club, their interest in me is a delightful honor. Bayern is among the best teams in the world." His next few years would be on loan after that, until the team parted mutually during the 2012 transfer window.
3. Dmytro Chygrynskiy
Dmytro Chygrynskiy was one of Barcelona’s worst signings in the history of the football club. The Ukranian centre back still plays football to this day with Greek side AEK Athens FC. Chygrynskiy, who mostly resembles a man mountain that would be scary to try and get by to say the least, made waves as a defender when he first started playing with club Shakhtar Donetsk. He would play with the club unti 2009, when after long negotiations between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk, he was signed for a fee of €25 million. He would sign for five years.
Commonly referred to as simply Douglas, the Brazillian footballer is still a member of FC Barcelona, although he recently agreed to a deal to go on loan for La Liga side Sporting Gijon. He had officially joined the club in 2014 from Sao Paulo, for a €4 million fee. He made his debut on September 24 and was booked early. He would be heavily criticized for that performance, and was demoted to third string right back behind Dani Alves and Martin Montoya.
Keirrison is widely regarded as being one of the club’s absolute worst signings. The Brazilian striker was transferred from Brazilian club Palmeiras for a £14 million fee. The 20-year-old at the time had been absolutely thrilled to join a club like Barcelona, eagerly telling the website that he hoped to one-day crack in to Guardiola’s starting 11. Unfortunately that never happened as Pep quickly announced that Keirrison would be loaned to Benfica to get accustomed to European football. He unfortunately never dressed for Barcelona, spending all his years at the club not actually being with the Club at all but on loan. His contract with Barcelona was terminated in 2014 and he agreed to a contract with Brazilian side Coritiba. Not the best investment.