Best to worst: Ranking Barca's 7 transfers from Valencia
In the last decade, Barcelona have bought 7 players from Valencia, making Los Che one of the top providers of Blaugrana players. In total, Barca have spent €167m on the deals. However, not everyone proved their worth.
1. Jordi Alba, €14m (2012-2013)
Although the left-back's best years might be behind him, Jordi is no doubt one of the best full-backs of his generation. Jordi helped the team win 14 titles (including one Champions League title) and formed a perfect link-up with Leo Messi.
Considering his input, it's unbelievable that Barca managed to get him for only €14m.
Alba's Barcelona record:
- 303 matches
- 16 goals
- 57 assists
- 14 titles
2. David Villa, €40m (200-11)
Villa was the first Los Che player to join Barca this decade. The striker arrived at Camp Nou as an established star and didn't disappoint, banging 23 goals in his first season. The Spaniard was a team player and didn't mind playing on the wing in order to adapt to the team's needs.
Unfortunately, his stay in Catalonia was spoiled by injuries, resulting in his departure only three seasons later to Atletico Madrid.
- 119 matches
- 48 goals
- 24 assists
- 8 titles (including 1 UCL)
3. Jeremy Mathieu, €20m (2014-15)
Don't get us wrong, the Frenchman is far from being a top centre-back but he was also never meant to become a starter for the club. Mathieu was signed because the club needed a left-footed defender and decided to go for him. Although he didn't play too much and cost us some points, he was a reliable back-up against weaker teams and allowed the coaches to rotate more often.
- 91 games
- 4 goals
- 3 assists
- 9 titles (including 1 UCL)
4. Paco Alcacer, €30m + €2m
The matter with Paco is more delicate than with the rest. Alcacer for sure has everything it takes to be a top forward and he is showing his class at Borussia Dortmund and with Spain. However, the club bought him at the wrong time.
Luis Suarez scored 29 goals in the 2016-17 season, so no wonder Paco didn't get his chances. Eventually, the 26-year-old left for Borussia in a €23m deal, so at least the club got back a part of his initial fee. Perhaps, Paco would be much more useful at Camp Nou now.
- 50 games
- 15 goals
- 8 assists
5. Andre Gomes, €35m + €20m
To be completely honest, it's hard to imagine why did the club even consider signing the Portuguese. Perhaps his height and we have seen big units flourish at Barca, like Seydou Keita or Yaya Toure. However, strength is not the main aspect of Gomes' game.
Andre was too slow to play in Barca's midfield, the 4-3-3 doesn't suit him. However, we've seen him put in impressive performances for Everton, where he is used as one of the pivots in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The Toffees ended up signing him for around €25m.
- 78 matches
- 3 goals
- 4 assists
- 4 titles
6. Jeison Murillo, €2m loan (2018, January)
The club brough in the Colombian only to play four matches. Ernesto Valverde barely used him even despite Samuel Umtiti's absence. Barely featured, not worth it. Should have given his minutes to Jean-Clair Todibo.
Fun fact: Murillo got a medal for winning this season's Copa del Rey with Valencia despite losing to Los Che in the final with Barca.
- 4 matches
- 1 title
7. Neto Murara, €29m + €6m (2019-20)
We're yet to see the goalkeeper perform in an official match for Barca. However, the main issue here is not his quality. Rather, it's the deal itself. Blaugrana sold their former back-up keeper Jasper Cillessen to Valencia for €35m only to end up paying the same for Neto. Why? Why not go for someone cheaper?
Besides, Cillessen is a starter for the Netherlands while Neto doesn't even get called-up for Brazil. The difference in class is obvious.
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