Barcelona has a long history of big-money transfers that haven’t worked out. In recent years, players such as Andre Gomes and Arda Turan have cost the club a fortune only to be shown the exit door after failing to find their feet.
When it comes to the most expensive big-money flops in club history, though, the aforementioned duo are nowhere near the top. Many such occurrences have been documented by the Blaugrana over the years, with a large number occurring during the previous administration.
Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reign was marked by wasteful spending, which has resulted in the club’s financial ruin. The majority of the high-profile signings made during the former Barcelona president’s tenure have fallen short of expectations.
Low blow from Barcelona. Looks like they might have gazumped Roma for Malcolm….— JuveFC (@juvefcdotcom) July 23, 2018
Malcom made 24 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and assisting on two others. He failed to persuade the manager with his on-field performances and was sold to Zenit Saint Petersburg a year later, with the Blaugrana recouping €40 million from the transfer.
#4 Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann: "I've done few bad things in my past, but I never regret anything. I had made 'la decisión' since it was what I wanted at that time. If I have to ask for forgiveness, I'll do it it on the pitch, which is where I speak better." pic.twitter.com/UMFZyZIir0— Barça Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) July 15, 2019
Unfortunately, the Frenchman has not performed at the same level as he did at Atletico Madrid. He’s showed flashes of brilliance, but he hasn’t yet wielded decisive power.
Since his big-money move to Barcelona in 2019, Griezmann has only 35 goals and 17 assists for the Catalan club. That’s not what you’d expect from a player with a nine-figure price tag. Not with a name like Antoine Griezmann on his resume!