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Footballer Who Has Played for Barcelona and Manchester United

Manchester United and Barcelona are two of the world’s most famous football teams, and they have shared many players over the years.

For starters, there are several World Cup winners on the list, that we are going to discuss today.

 

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez would likely be near the top of the list of the biggest flops at Manchester United. He wasn’t nearly as good for Manchester United as for Barcelona, where he’d made his first truly major move in his career and immediately exploded onto the scene. Alexis Sanchez scored 47 goals in a total of 141 appearances; this was only possible due to his quick and fast pace on the field.

Sanchez had an even better record in the Premier League for Arsenal when he proved he could handle the pace and toughness of the English game.

He was performing so well at FC Barcelona, but he was unable to continue this form at Manchester United, scoring only five goals in 45 games.

In reality, he didn’t perform any better at Inter, though he has found some form at Marseille.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for both clubs and claims to have been the best player on the team at the time.

The Swedish player is famous for his strong football skills. The player made a name for himself quickly due to his aggressive style on the football field.

Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals in only 45 games for FC Barcelona. Furthermore, at Manchester United, he scored 29 goals in 53 appearances.

In 2009, Barcelona spent €46 million and part-exchanged Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter. Despite this, he never felt at ease at Camp Nou. After a productive tenure with PSG, Manchester United signed him in 2016.

Victor Valdes

Indeed, Victor Valdes did suit up for Manchester United at one point, but his time there was so brief that he could easily forget that time.

Valdes made his senior debut in 2002 and went on to win almost everything with Barcelona when Pep Guardiola was their manager.

During his 12-year stay at FC Barcelona, he played 535 games; he was transferred to Monaco after he got injured.

Manchester United saw him as a backup plan for David de Gea, another Spaniard, and quickly signed him from Monaco.

 

Gerard Pique

While Gerard Pique will always be remembered as a Barcelona legend, he also left an unforgettable legacy at Manchester United.

At 17, Gerard Pique joined Manchester United because Barcelona’s first-class team rejected him. He began his first-class career at Manchester United.

After winning his first Champions League trophy in 2008, the defender wanted to come back home, and till that time, he had made only 23 appearances for United.

In his first year with Barcelona, Pique won the Champions League. After arriving at Camp Nou, he spent more than 14 years there, during which time he won 29 titles and finished his career as the club’s most seasoned player. He was one of the player with the most appearances for the club. 

Henrik Larsson

Lad Football gives credit where credit is due: Henrik Larsson understood when and where to strike.

The Swedish forward became famous for his seven spectacular seasons with Celtic, scoring 242 goals in only 313 games.

Many people tried to entice him away from Glasgow during those years, but he was stubborn. Larsson left for good in 2004 and settled in Barcelona. Although he could only play 59 games for the club, the striker was instrumental in their two La Liga championships and their 2006 Champions League victory over Arsenal thanks to a stunning performance off the bench.

In 2007, United signed Larsson on a short-term loan, who had previously been content to finish his career in Sweden with Helsingborg. The Red Devils intended to keep him for more than the 13 games he appeared in, but he had committed to returning to Helsingborg by a certain date.

 

Jordi Cruyff

Jordi Cruyff had an uphill battle ahead of him. Given his name and family history, he was doomed to fight an uphill battle against a legacy with which he could never hope to compete.

It got worse in Barcelona, where Jordi Cruyff was known as the best player and coach.

Jordi’s father became the head coach at Barcelona in 1988, and he quickly rose through the ranks to make 54 appearances for the first team. He was even selected to play for the Netherlands at Euro ’96 because of his talent.

After the tournament, he signed with United for £1.4 million and quickly established himself as a starter. But injuries ultimately restricted him from playing; he only appeared for 58 matches over four years. Cruyff has recently returned to Camp Nou in the role of director.

 

Alexis Sanchez would likely be near the top of the list of the biggest flops at Manchester United. He wasn’t nearly as good for United as he’d been for Barcelona, where he’d made his first truly major move in his career and immediately exploded onto the scene. Alexis Sanchez scored 47 goals in a total of 141 appearances; this was only possible due to his quick and fast pace on the field.

Sanchez had an even better record in the Premier League for Arsenal when he proved he could handle the pace and toughness of the English game.

He was performing so well at FC Barcelona, but he was unable to continue this form at Manchester United, scoring only five goals in 45 games.

In reality, he didn’t perform any better at Inter, though he has found some form at Marseille.

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for both clubs, and he claims to have been the best player on the team at the time.

The Swedish player is famous for his strong football skills. The player made a name for himself in a very short span due to his aggressive style on the football field.

Ibrahimovic scored 21 goals in only 45 games for FC Barcelona. Furthermore, at Manchester United, he scored 29 goals in a total of 53 appearances.

In 2009, Barcelona spent €46 million and part-exchanged Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter. Despite this, he never felt at ease in Camp Nou. After a productive tenure with PSG, Manchester United signed him in 2016.

 

Victor Valdes

Indeed, Victor Valdes did suit up for Manchester United at one point, but his time there was so brief that he can easily forget that time.

Valdes made his senior debut in 2002 and went on to win almost everything with Barcelona when Pep Guardiola was their manager.

During his 12-year stay at FC Barcelona, he played 535 games; he was transferred to Monaco after he got injured.

Manchester United saw him as a backup plan for David de Gea, another Spaniard, and quickly signed him from Monaco.

Gerard Pique

While Gerard Pique will always be remembered as a Barcelona legend, he also left an indelible mark at Manchester United.

At the age of 17, Gerard Pique joined Manchester United because he was rejected by Barcelona’s first-class team. He began his first-class career at Manchester United.

After winning his first Champions League trophy in 2008, the defender wanted to come back home, and till that time, he had made only 23 appearances for United.

In his first year with Barcelona, Pique won the Champions League with a second team, which had never been done before. After arriving at Camp Nou, he spent more than 14 years there, during which time he won a total of 29 titles and finished his career as the club’s most seasoned player. He was one of the player with most appurtenance for the club. 

Henrik Larsson

Lad Football gives credit where credit is due: Henrik Larsson understood just when and where to strike.

The Swedish forward became famous for his seven spectacular seasons with Celtic, in which he scored 242 goals in only 313 games.

During those years, many people tried to entice him away from Glasgow, but he was stubborn. Larsson left for good in 2004 and settled in Barcelona. Although he was only able to play 59 games for the club, the striker was instrumental in their two La Liga championships and their 2006 Champions League victory over Arsenal thanks to a stunning performance off the bench.

In 2007, United signed Larsson on a short-term loan, who had previously been content to finish his career in Sweden with Helsingborg. The Red Devils intended to keep him for more than the 13 games he appeared in, but he had committed to returning to Helsingborg by a certain date.

 

Jordi Cruyff

Jordi Cruyff had an uphill battle ahead of him. Given his name and family history, he was doomed to fight an uphill battle against a legacy with which he could never hope to compete.

It got worse in Barcelona, where Jordi Cruyff was known as the best player and coach ever.

Jordi’s father became the head coach at Barcelona in 1988, and he quickly rose through the ranks to make 54 appearances for the first team. He was even selected to play for the Netherlands at Euro ’96 because of his talent.

After the tournament, he signed with United for £1.4 million and quickly established himself as a starter. But injuries ultimately restricted him to just 58 appearances over a four-year period. Cruyff has recently returned to Camp Nou in the role of director.

 

AC

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