FC Barcelona, a club that once held the reputation of winning titles with the help of their homegrown talent, have had a change of heart in recent times.
After Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain, the situation has only worsened with the Catalan club using the chequebook to paper over the cracks on the pitch.
The Blaugrana club has spent over €1 billion since 2014, which is more than anyone else in that period, but have lifted the Champions League title only once.
Let’s look at the five most expensive signings in the Blaugrana club’s history.
#5 Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan International signed for Barcelona after a controversial 2014 World Cup, also a time when he was at his best and almost unplayable.
One can say the incident involving him and Chiellini worked out in Barcelona’s favour as Liverpool sold the striker for €81.72 million, seeing he was banned until October that season and a good transfer fee became hard to turn down.
The former Ajax man quickly settled in at the Camp Nou and lifted the club’s second treble in his debut season. He has scored 177 goals for the Catalan club so far winning everything there is to win at the club level.
#4 Neymar Jr.
Neymar moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2013, and formed a devastating trio with Suarez and Lionel Messi famously known as ‘MSN’.
He was the most expensive signing in the club’s history at the time arriving at an extravagant €88.20 million and was deemed the heir to Messi.
However, that didn’t last long as he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 looking for a new challenge and his career has gone downhill ever since.