Barcelona has completed the signing of yet another Brazilian. This time the Catalan giants have secured the services of winger Malcom from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for £36m. In January this year, they paid a record £142m to sign Philippe Coutinho from Premier League side Liverpool. Camp Nou has now signed a total of 34 players from Brazil in the history of the club. These two will certainly not be the last because the South American nation always produces great players. Today, we want to take a closer look at some of the very best Samba boys ever to play for the La Liga side.
Malcom: “My idols? Ronaldinho and Neymar. I hope to succeed at Barça like these Brazilians have.” pic.twitter.com/HYcxwrDopP
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5. Romario- 1993-1995
Brazil 1994 World Cup hero Romario had a brief spell with Barcelona between 1993 and 1995. The forward short stint was a prolific one because he netted 53 goals in 82 matches. In fact, he scored 30 goals in 33 appearances in his first season at Camp Nou.
4. Ronaldo de Lima- 1996/97
Ronaldo in 1996/97 for Barcelona…
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The original Ronaldo as many like to call him also played for Barcelona for one season. The Catalan club signed him from Dutch side PSV for a record £13.2m. He had a great season at Camp Nou scoring 47 goals in 49 appearances. He was not happy at the club and after one season he left to join Inter Milan for £19.5m. He later joined Real Madrid where he enjoyed a lot of success alongside Zidane, Beckham and Figo.
3. Neymar: 2013-2017
Most chances created in the Champions League since 2014/15:
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World most expensive player Neymar spent four successful years at Barcelona. The Catalan giants signed him for £75m from Santos in 2013. He was later joined by Uruguay international Luis Suarez and together they formed the dreaded MSN with Messi. They lifted La Liga 2 times, 3 Copa del Rey trophies and 1 UEFA Champions League crowns. He netted 105 goals in 186 matches. In 2017, French side Paris Saint-Germain triggered his release clause to sign him for a record €222 million.