Barcelona is a club graced by legendary names throughout its storied history. But the turn of the 21st century has to arguably be the most glorious phase.
The club successfully usurped Real Madrid from the pinnacle of the Iberian peninsula, ushering in a new era of dominance harbingered by an expansive group of academy graduates. The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta became the face of the club. But, amidst all the celebrations of the famed academy La Masia and its pristine products, Barcelona have also been beneficiaries of some terrific signings.
These are the players who were roped in from the nook and crannies of Europe and went on to make it big at the club. Let’s delve through 5 such best signings by Barcelona since the turn of the millennium:
#5 Gerard Pique
A Barcelona product, Pique moved to Manchester United to continue his training and was subsequently promoted to the senior in 2004. But the Spaniard never really settled in, making only 12 Premier League appearances in four years before relocating to Barcelona in 2008.
The switch turned out to be the watershed moment of his career, as there was simply no looking back for him after it. He was immediately instated as a first-choice centre-back in Pep Guardiola’s set-up, and remains one to this day.
Pique has been a revelation at the heart of the Blaugrana backline in the last decade, playing crucial role in the 30 trophies lifted ever since. He is widely adjudged to be one of the best centre-backs of this generation and even at 31, continues to go strong.
What was the price for which he was brought? £4.50 million! Talk of daylight robbery…