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From Figo to Neymar .. How did Barcelona achieve more than one billion and 400 million euros?!

Barcelona’s name has been clearly associated over the past years with the great deals that it includes in its favor with very large sums of money, but at the same time the club has succeeded in collecting a lot of money from sales.

Some of these operations were unwanted and against the club’s will, such as the departure of Luis Figo to Real Madrid at the beginning of the century, and there is also the transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, which was the most expensive in history.

More recently, there is Artur Melo’s departure to Juventus, which was a process in order to improve the club’s books, and there is also the sale of Philippe Coutinho at a large margin of loss.

Below we review with you how the team raised more than one billion and 400 million euros during the 21st century from sales alone.

Below we review with you how the team raised more than one billion and 400 million euros during the 21st century from sales alone.

season Most expensive sale price Total sales
2022/23 Philippe Coutinho €20M/£18M €35M/£31.50M
2021/22 Emerson Royal €25M/£22.50M €70.55M/£63.50M
2020/21 Artur Melo €76M/£68.40M €112M/£100.80M
2019/20 Malcom €40M/£36M €152.90M/£137.61M
2018/19 Paulinho €42M/£37.80M €146.05M/£131.45M
2017/18 Neymar €222M/£199.80M €232.50M/£209.25M
2016/17 Claudio Bravo €18M/£16.20M €33.80M/£30.42M
2015/16 Pedro €27M/£24.30M €38.30M/£34.47M
2014/15 Alexis Sanchez €42.50M/£38.25M €81.80M/£73.62M
2013/14 thiago €25M/£22.50M €28.10M/£25.29M
2012/13 Ibrahim Afellay €500,000/£450,000 €500,000/£450,000
2011/12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic €24M/£21.60M €46.95M/£42.26M
2010/11 Yaya Toure €30M/£27M €52.70M/£47.43M
2009/10 Samuel Eto’o €20M/£18M €113.50M/£102.15M
2008/09 Ronaldinho €24.15M/£21.74M €54.59M/£49.13M
2007/08 Giuliano Belletti €5.50M/£4.95M €14M/£12.60M
2006/07 Mark Van Bommel €6M/£5.40M €13.20M/£11.88M
2005/06 Juan Roman Riquelme €8M/£7.20M €11M/£9.90M
2004/05 Luis Garcia €8.75M/£7.88M €14.75M/£13.28M
2003/04 Fabio Rochemback €2.50M/£2.25M €43.85M/£39.47M
03/2002 Mikel Arteta €7.90M/£7.11M €11.55M/£10.40M
2001/02 Simao €12.91M/£11.62M €37.31M/£33.58M
2000/01 Louis Figo €60M/£54M €74.80M/£67.32M
TOTAL     €1.42b/£1.28b

*All prices are from Transfermarkt * £ = £ * €*M = million
*B = billion

The 10 most expensive sales

10 Yari Mina | €30.25m / £27.23m | Everton | 2018

Barcelona signed Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for 12.4 million euros in January 2018, but the central defender did not appear well with the team.

He appeared in only six matches during all competitions in light of the great competition in defense and in the end was sold to Everton at a huge profit margin after only seven months of his career with Barcelona for 30.25 million euros.

  • Nelson Semedo Wolves GFX9 Nelson Semedo | 32 million euros / 28.80 million pounds | Wolverhampton | 2020

    The Catalan club had to pay €35.70m (£32.13m) to sign the Portugal international.

    Semedo made 124 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions over his three years at the club, before being sold to English club Wolverhampton in the summer of 2020 for €32m (£28.80m).

  • Cesc Fabregas Chelsea8 Cesc Fabregas | 33 million euros / 29.70 million pounds | Chelsea | 2014

    Cesc Fabregas returned to his boyhood club Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011, paying the Catalan club €34m (£30.60m) to bring him home.

    Cesc has been very successful, making 151 appearances, scoring 42 goals and providing 50 assists during his five seasons at the club.

    But with massive competition in the Barcelona midfield, Fabregas was eventually sold to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 for €33m (£29.70m).

  • Jasper Cillessen Barcelona

    7 Jasper Cillessen | €35m / £31.50m | Valencia | 2019

    Barcelona needed a backup goalkeeper in the summer of 2016 when they brought in Jasper Cillessen from Ajax for €13m (£11.70m).

    During his three seasons at the club, Cillessen played the substitute for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, making only 32 appearances, conceding 25 goals and keeping 14 clean sheets.

    In the summer of 2019, Barcelona separated from the Dutchman for a very large sum when Valencia agreed to pay €35m (£31.50m) for him.

  • Malcom Barcelona Roma ICC 2018

    6 Malcolm | 40 million euros / 36 million pounds | Zenit | 2019

    Barcelona were looking for additional options in attack in 2018 when they brought in Malcom from Bordeaux.

    The Catalans paid €41m (£36.90m) for the winger, who played for just six months before being sold to Zenit for €40m (£36m) in 2019.

    Malcom participated in 24 games with Barcelona, ​​​​and scored four goals, two of them against Real Madrid and Inter, and provided two crucial passes.

  • Paulinho Barcelona Deportivo LaLiga 171220175 Paulinho | 42 million euros / 37.80 million pounds | Guangzhou Evergrande | 2018

    Paulinho has failed completely at Tottenham previously and it was a surprise that Barcelona paid a whopping €40m (£36m) when he signed him from Evergrande in 2017.

    But Paulinho was surprisingly good in the 49 games he played for Barcelona, ​​scoring nine goals and providing three assists.

    However, Barcelona brought the Brazilian back to its former club in the Chinese Super League in the summer of 2018, before selling it definitively for €42m (£37.80m) in the January 2019 winter transfer window.

  • Alexis Sanchez Barcelona 20144 Alexis Sanchez | €42.5 million / £38.25 million | Arsenal | 2014

    In 2011 Barcelona brought in a talented youngster from Udinese by the name of Alexis Sanchez, signing the striker for €26m (£23.40m).

    Although he produced very good matches, including scoring the winning goal in the Clasico against Real Madrid, Sanchez could not be an untouchable player in Barcelona’s squad, due to the great competition in attack.

    Sanchez made 141 appearances for Barcelona, ​​scoring 46 goals and providing 37 assists, which are impressive numbers for his goalscoring contributions.

    The Chilean left Barcelona when Luis Suarez arrived, joining Arsenal for €42.5m (£38.25m) in 2014.

  • Luis Figo Barcelona3 Luis Figo | 60 million euros / 54 million pounds | Real Madrid | 2000

    One of the most controversial transfers in football history occurred when Luis Figo decided to leave Barcelona to join arch-rivals Real Madrid in 2000.

    Figo joined Los Blancos for a then world record sum of €60m (£54m) and ended up winning the Ballon d’Or, two La Liga and Champions League titles at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The Portuguese maestro eventually moved to Italian giants Inter as a free agent in the summer of 2005, before retiring in 2009.

    Arthur Melo Barcelona 2018-19
    2 Arthur Melo | €76m / £68.40m | Juventus | 2020

    Barcelona and Juventus have agreed on one of the most famous deals in transfer history in 2020.

    This deal was controversial and came under investigation in light of all that was raised about it about the manipulation of the books and accounts of the two clubs.

    Originally the real value of the money exchanged between the two clubs was €16m (£14.40m).

    However, each club spread the value of the deal over the length of each player’s contract, eventually coming out with a profit of close to €52m (£44.6m) from the deal in that financial year

    • Neymar PSG 2017-18

    1 Neymar | €222m / £199.80m | Paris Saint-Germain | 2017

    The world of football transfers was changed forever when Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona for €222m (£199.80m), breaking the world record by a wide margin in the su

  • The Brazilian was one of Barcelona’s attacking stars alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and seemed destined to become a legend at Camp Nou, but the lure of a big salary at PSG was more than the Brazilian could handle.

    Although Barcelona received a very large number, they ended up spending it on players who never lived up to high expectations such as Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann


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