Only playing for Barca for 3 seasons (from 2010 to 2013), striker David Villa still deserves to be considered a monument at Camp Nou. Notably, before moving from Valencia to Camp Nou and winning eight titles with Barca, the striker born in 1981 was repeatedly contacted by Real. In 2009, President Florentino Perez of Real once confirmed that the negotiation process between David Villa and the representative of the Royal Spanish team went very smoothly. However, in the end, the goal that the owner of the “White House” aimed at chose Barca as the next stop.
When he was playing for Tottenham, midfielder Luka Modric used to be very excited when he heard that Barca had an eye on him. The Croatian player born in 1985 did not even hesitate to share a photo of him posing with a Barca shirt. Unfortunately for the Catalan giants, Modric then joined Real. With Modric’s service for more than a decade (from 2012 to now), Real has achieved many successes. Most notably, 5 Champions League titles.
Former midfielder Andres Iniesta spent most of his career devoted to Barca, but twice he was very close to Real. The first was when Iniesta first came to play in Barca’s first team. In 2006, “White Vulture” once again tried to bring Barca’s little star to the Bernabeu but failed. Staying at Camp Nou is the right choice for Iniesta, because with Barca, he has won 30 major and minor titles.
Barca used to attract midfielder Marco Asensio many times since this player was still playing for Mallorca, not Real in 2014. In the summer of 2023, Barca once again approached Asensio. However, after the end of his contract with Real, Asensio did not stay in La Liga or pay attention to Barca’s offer. Instead, he decided to go to France to join PSG under a 3-year agreement.
As a mature player from the Barca training academy, midfielder Cesc Fabregas spent many years fighting in the English Premier League for Arsenal before returning to his old team in 2011. Fabregas reunited with Barca must be the event that made Real president Perez regrets because he is very “connected” with this Spaniard. There is a detail that needs to be emphasized, in a recent interview Fabregas admitted he almost accepted the offer to cooperate with Real after leaving Arsenal.
Striker Vinicius has been a target of both Barca and Real since he was very young. When still on the payroll of Flamengo, the 22-year-old Brazilian striker once declared he was a hard fan of Barca. However, it was very surprising that instead of joining his favorite team, Vinicius decided to join Real, which is Barca’s great rival.
Neymar’s case has many similarities with Vinicius. This player also plays as a striker, has Brazilian nationality, is a huge fan of Barca and makes both the Camp Nou and Real team crazy for him. Only slightly different is that Vinicius chose Real, and Neymar joined the arch-rival with the “White Vulture”. At Barca, Neymar joined with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form an extremely scary MSN attack trio. When Neymar was still playing for Barca, Real tried to flirt with him many times but failed.
As a compatriot of Vinicius and Neymar, striker Rodrygo is also at the center of a fierce battle between Real and Barca in the transfer market. In the end, Real won when asking to buy Rodrygo from Santos at a higher price. To own the player born in 2001, Real agreed to spend 45 million euros. This amount includes 40 million euros transferred to Santos and the rest goes to Rodrygo’s representatives. Although still very young, but Rodrygo as well as Vinicius are considered as important links in the Real team.
Barca must be very proud to have won striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2014 despite fierce competition from Real. Barca had to spend 82.3 million euros for this deal, but the reality has proven that this is a completely wise investment. As part of the famous MSN “triple”, the Uruguayan striker born in 1987 has scored 198 goals and won 13 titles after 283 matches for Barca. With what Suarez has shown, it is not surprising that the elite coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted on bringing this player to the Bernabeu when he first “shaken hands” with Real.
Midfielder Toni Kross once entered the “sight” of Barca because he met some of the criteria set by this team. For example, Kroos when he was playing for Bayern was quite affordable and also had a style suitable for Barca’s style of play. Unfortunately for Barca, in the race with Real to get the signature of the German midfielder, they did not have enough enthusiasm and seriousness. In the end, Real bought Kroos for only 25 million euros, while the value they received from this player was much higher than that figure. Having Kroos with the ability to launch accurate passes, Real has added a series of trophies to the traditional room, including four prestigious Champions League titles.