Few months ago, the FC Barcelona terminated the contract of Luis Suarez paying him a large part of his remaining salary for the season and he went to Atlético de Madrid No transfer cost, although the rojiblancos will have to pay 6 million in variables if certain conditions are met. Now, the Uruguayan is Pichichi of LaLiga with 12 goals and, thanks to him, his team leads the standings with a wide advantage over their pursuers.
The operation was another regrettable maneuver by the board of directors of Josep Maria Bartomeu, who ‘gifted’ a player like Luis Suarez to a direct rival for LaLiga As the Atlético de Madrid. Unfortunately, the trend of selling top forwards at laughable prices does not have the Uruguayan as the only one involved. Over the last few years, the trend has been repeating with other players who have almost forced themselves and who have triumphed.
The first representative case is that of Samuel eto’o, who went to Inter de Milan in summer 2009 as part of the payment for the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Cameroonian striker did not take long to triumph in the Italian team, with which he would conquer the treble –Champions League, Scudetto Y Italian Cup– at the orders of Jose Mourinho. The culés literally gave the African, who swelled to score goals as ‘neroazzurro’.
One year later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed in the footsteps of the Cameroonian, AC Milan for 25 million euros when, the previous summer, it had cost 45 plus the transfer of Samuel eto’o. The Swedish striker, who left due to his disputes with Pep Guardiola, triumphed both in the Italian team and later in the Paris Saint Germain, scoring a large number of goals for both clubs.
Another flagrant case came in 2013, when the FC Barcelona sold to David Villa al Atlético de Madrid for two million euros plus a right of first refusal for Saúl Ñíguez Y Javier Manquillo that could never be executed. A year later, the Asturian forward celebrated the title of League with the ‘mattresses’ in the Camp Nou, after these knocked down the culés in the last day. Another ridiculous one.
Another case came in 2018 with Paco Alcacer, who went to Borussia Dortmund for 23 million euros and that, in a few months, doubled its market value to 50. All this examples of the mismanagement of the FC Barcelona with some of its stars. Of course, the case of Luis Suárez with Atlético de Madrid is on the way to being the most serious case of all by far.