The level of demand for teams like Barcelona can be really suffocating, more if you already have clearly exceeded 30. Because, rare are cases of players who have gone from the cradle footballing talking to retirement wearing only T-shirt I club FC Barcelona. Cruyff, Guardiola, Stoichkov, among many may be several of the great defenders of the club, but not all professionals made their debut as Barca and many emigrated to live new adventures with his last ball touches. From Hanged for football review the history and present of the few loyal players a feeling.
Carles Puyol was the last. He began his career in 1999 and he decided to hang up his boots after playing his entire career at Barcelona 2014. Before the great captain of Barcelona in recent years, we must go back more than three decades to remind you last only wore the elastic of the Barca. Nothing more and nothing less than the architect of the first contract of Messi with F.C. Barcelona on a paper napkin, a man of the house as Carles Rexach. Before him, there was no more, but it is the less curious that a club with more than 100 years of history, count only nine names that are fully identified as culés to the core.
Along the way they ran canteranos known worldwide and sporting careers clearly recognized as Guillermo Amor, Sergi Barjuan o Pep Guardiola. La Masia children primarily intended, to inherit the legacy of Rexach, but ultimately they decided to end their footballing lives outside the club. Either by discovering other leagues and cultures, or by psychological exhaustion that entails defending those colors long. The fact is that players were not a single club.
The current staff of the Barcelona enjoys a large number of homegrown players who could be part of such a small list in the near future. Players rather than consolidated in the club like Busquets, Messi, Pedro and Iniesta and others in clear process of adaptation and a lot of football to show for Sergi Roberto, Bartra and Montoya. But nevertheless, other mythical home of FC Barcelona are reluctant to be eternally barcelonistas. It is the case of Victor Valdes, blaugrana who decided to leave the house a year before ending his contract as the Barcelona goalkeeper later seriously injured and left without team after a stampede of Monaco.
Other canteranos as Bojan Krkic and Giovanni dos Santos had to leave the club to look place in football, since in the Barca did not enjoy enough opportunities. Most notorious was the case of Gerard Pique or Cesc Fabregas, kids who once were not worth for the club and returned through the front door as world stars.
Xavi soon, who decided in summer 2014 follow Barcelona could fatten the short list, which without a doubt beneficiary absolutely the global dimension of the club thanks to the similarity to the case of Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) or Paolo Maldini (A.C. Milan). “One club Men”, although Terrasa could end his career in another league type MLS. As always, time will tell. If you want to read the list of loyal players to your club, You can follow here.
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