Doubting Pep’s decision, 4 stars brought back by Barcelona to replace Sergio Busquets had a bad fate

Recently, “legend” at Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets has officially announced that he will leave the Catalan team after this season. The club wanted to find a player to replace him and the results were as we have seen.

The story begins in the 2010s, when Pep Guardiola was still in charge of the team. The Spanish coach then chose Sergio Busquets for the defensive midfielder position. The leadership team doubted this decision of Pep and embarked on a search for better quality players. But what Busquets did after that was enough to make Barca have more headaches when they want to find a replacement.


Barca paid Liverpool £24 million for Mascherano’s services. As a central midfielder, but the Argentinian player does not bring the necessary flexibility to the midfield.

At that time, Pep made quick changes, bringing Mascherano down the center of the defence – where he made history. The former Liverpool player led Pique to win the Champions League in 2011 and 2015 with Barcelona.

Alexandre Song

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Seeing that Mascherano was not suitable, Barcelona decided to sign Alexandre Song from Arsenal for £19 million in 2012. However, after two seasons of failing to show up in both central midfield and central defence, The Cameroonian player is gone.

Andre Gomes

In a competition with Real Madrid in 2016, Barca obtained the signature of Gomes for 35m euros and 20m euros in surcharges from Valencia. And of course, the Portuguese midfielder could not fill the position left by Busquets. Gomes had only two seasons with the Catalan giants before drifting to Everton (England) and Lille (France).


An expensive signing for Miralem Pjanic from Juventus. Accordingly, a strange exchange took place, with a fee of 60m euros and Arthur Melo, Juventus will let Pjanic come to Barca in the opposite direction. The Bosnian midfielder only spent one season with Ronan Koeman and was also not appreciated. He was borrowed by Besiktas and is currently drifting in the United Arab Emirates.

Perhaps, stopping the search for a replacement for Busquets could be a solution.

At La Masia, the training and search for talents like the Spaniard will continue. But coach Xavi can think of a plan to give up this predecessor to turn Barca into a new and more effective team.