Let’s have a look at four of these players who were ruined by the club.
4. Alen Halilovic
A wide attacking midfielder, the Croatian prodigy found himself miles behind the MSN trio, who were wreaking havoc in Europe at the time. In order to grant him playing time, Barca loaned him out to Sporting Gijon for a season. The following year, Luis Enrique deemed it fit to sell him to Hamburg.
The player, who once showed promise and flashes of his exciting talent, is currently playing at Las Palmas on loan from Hamburg aged 21. Barca had inserted a buy-back clause in his transfer deal but they look far from activating it in the near future.
3. Marc Muniesa
Marc Muniesa is one of Barcelona’s own youth talents; a player who emerged through the La Masia and made it to the first team in 2009. However, the lack of playing time in his four-year spell with the club robbed the Spaniard a deserved chance to shine and showcase his abilities.
Marc Muniesa was able to make only four appearances for the first team in four years– a saddening stat. With a sturdy defence that featured the likes of Puyol, Alves, Alba and Pique, he found himself mostly on the fringes at Nou Camp.
Later in 2013, he joined Stoke City and seems to have spiralled down further, playing on loan at Girona FC.