BARCELONA – Lionel Messi will start at Paris Saint-Germain an adventure as surprising as it is unknown in his sports career. New headliner of a capital squad, his main challenge will be the conquest of the Champions League, taking ‘almost’ for granted that in Ligue1 he will start as authentic, unique and absolute favorite to win the title that Lille snatched from him this last year . The Argentine star leaves Barcelona an orphan … But can his guaranteed impact on PSG be considered?
If at the Camp Nou an era full of doubts begins to know how Barcelona will react to the departure of its indisputable star in recent years, the challenge for Leo is not less. Messi will not win trophies with PSG, but all those that he does not conquer will be discounted, being the pressure around him, and from the entire French team, extraordinary.
The Rosario is not the first star to leave Barcelona and face a new adventure, and if throughout history the Barça club suffered his loss many times in sports, the protagonists did not always achieve the expected personal and collective successes. . Some did it quickly, others took longer …
This would be a summary of thirteen Barça stars who left the club abruptly … And their career away from the Camp Nou. Or the old Camp de Les Corts in the first case. Thirteen … More Messi.
PEPE SAMITIER 1932
The first undisputed media star of Barcelona, in which he played between 1919 and 1932, was invited to leave and chose Real Madrid (which at the time was not yet considered a great Barça rival). His impact on the merengue club was very discreet as he barely played six league games in the 1932-33 season and scored three goals, although two of them served to defeat Barça (2-1) four days from the end of the championship and practically sentence the title in favor of Madrid. He left the merengue club a year later to finish his career at Nice in France in 1939.
LADISLAO KUBALA 1961
After eleven Barça seasons, between the final part of 1950-51 and 1960-61, the defeat in the final of the Berne European Cup and his physical problems caused him to accept the club’s suggestion to retire and take the Directorate of the Soccer School … which shortly after was closed due to budget cuts. After a few months he was ‘forced’ to become the team’s coach, winning a Fairs Cup and being fired the following season, when he wanted to play again and ended up signing for Espanyol by not letting him rejoin Barça.
LUIS SUÁREZ 1961
Probably the biggest mistake in the entire history of the Barça club up to that moment, in 1961 he was transferred to Inter Milan for the record amount of half a million dollars under the argument of the serious financial crisis that Barcelona suffered. In his first season with the Italian club, he was second in Serie A after Milan … Then he would win three Scudettos and two European Cups being the undisputed star of the club … While at the Camp Nou he suffered the greatest drought of titles of all its history.
1978 His arrival changed the canons of Spanish football in the 70s, although his record was very limited, one League and one Spanish Cup in five seasons. In 1978 he finished his contract and, already plagued by financial problems, he ventured into the NASL in the United States, where his impact was absolute. He returned to Europe in 1981, linking two league titles with Ajax before retiring, winning the double with Feyenoord in 1984 after the Amsterdam club refused to renew him.
DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA 1984
A monumental and brief star at Barcelona, where he barely stayed for two rugged seasons, in 1984 he was transferred to Napoli, where his impact was superb, although in his first season the team remained in eighth position in Serie A. Until 1991, However, he won two Scudettos, a Coppa and a UEFA Cup, being considered, without discussion, the best footballer in the world … And in history, rivaling Pelé.
BERND SCHUSTER 1988
The undisputed leader of Barça in the 80s, he left the club in a bad way in 1988 after finishing his contract, still 28 years old, and signing for Real Madrid, where he remained for two seasons, linking two league titles being one of the keys of the merengue team, although he could not be crowned in the European Cup and went, in 1990, to Atlético, where he added two Cup titles.
MICHAEL LAUDRUP 1994
One of the great stars of the Dream Team, in the spring of 1994, faced with Johan Cruyff, decided to change Barça for Real Marid, with whom he won the league title the following season, 1994-95. His final at the Bernabéu, which he had reached at the age of 30, was not as brilliant as he expected and in 1996 he went to Japan’s Vissel Kobe, before ending his career by winning the Dutch League with Ajax in 1998.
Superb in his first season as a Barça player, after winning the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, his second year was full of problems until his departure in January 1995, back to his country, to sign for Flamengo, with whom he won four regional trophies before a discreet stint at Valencia and ending his career by winning the Brazilian League with Vasco da Gama.
RONALDO NAZARIO 1997
Called to be a shining star of Barça, he barely played a Barça season before his eventful march to Inter Milan, where he confirmed, in a monumental way and despite injuries, his role as an indisputable star. In his first year he won the UEFA Cup, the only trophy with the Nerazzurri club in five seasons, in which he suffered real arbitration robberies that prevented him from winning at least two Scucettos, in 1998 and 2002, the year in which, after winning the World Cup with Brazil, he went to Real Madrid, with which he won two league titles and an Intercontinental Cup. Cup champion of his country in 2009 with Corinthians, retired two years later
LUIS FIGO 2000
The transfer, without a doubt, the most painful in the history of Barça, which he left in 2000 as an idol to sign for Real Madrid, who paid his termination clause. In his first season he won the League, which he repeated in 2003, and the Champions League in the second. His performance in the merengue club was very notable until his departure, in 2005, to Inter Milan, with which he would link four league titles until his retirement.
After five seasons being the true football leader of Barcelona, in 2002, at the age of 30 and after winning the World Cup with the Brazilian team, he left, free, to Milan, where in his only year he conquered Coppa, Champions and European Super Cup. After a short stint at Cruzeiro he returned to Europe, linking three league titles in Greece with Olympiacos and two with Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan. He retired at Sao Caetano in 2013, after passing through Sao Paulo and playing in Angola for a year.
After the unquestionable and enormous success, the fall came in his last two seasons with Barça until in the summer of 2008 he was invited to leave and transferred for 25 million euros to Milan, with whom in two and a half seasons he would achieve a Scudetto, with an irregular performance to return to his country in January 2011. In Brazil he won a Carioca Championship with Flamengo and a Mineiro with Atlético Mineiro, with which he also won the Copa Libertadores in 2013. After a brief step for the Mexican Querétaro he retired in 2015, playing for Fluminense.
Messi’s ideal partner for four seasons, in the summer of 2017 he left Barça in the most expensive transfer in history, 222 million euros, to become the idol of PSG. His impact on the French club was automatic, linking three League titles (he did not achieve it in the last campaign), in addition to three Cup and three Super Cup … Although not achieving the maximum prize and challenge: the Champions that their reunion it will become, once again, the greatest challenge.
After a lifetime at Barça, he begins an adventure that is supposed to be triumphant at PSG … where the pressure to win everything will be absolute. Leo signs for two seasons, with an optional third, with the challenge of winning that Champions League that the powerful French club pursues so much and that he achieved on four occasions … Although the last one in 2015 and without losing sight of the main challenge of his career: Conquer the World Cup in Qatar.