The last few seasons, Barcelona has experienced a significant decline in performance. At its peak, this season they seem to have lost their identity after being left by their stars, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. However, there is no denying that Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world.
Barcelona is still the dream of top players to be able to play with them. In its history, there have been many star-class players grazing at the Camp Nou and scoring achievements. Interestingly, some of them are still actively playing this season. They are at the end of their careers with a new club. Well, here are former Barcelona players who are still actively playing this season.
1. Ruben Martinez
Ruben Martinez emerged through the Barcelona youth team with a collection of more than 100 games for Barcelona B between 2002-2007. However, the goalkeeper was not able to go far and only appeared three games in the first team. He then built a career by leaving Barcelona in 2009.
Ruben Martinez wanders to various La Liga clubs. He has played for Malaga, Rayo Vallecano, Almeria, Levante, Deportivo La Coruna and Osasuna. Last summer, the 37-year-old goalkeeper signed a one-year contract with Cypriot club AEK Larnaca.
2. Dmytro Chygrynskiy
When Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona signed Dmytro Chygynskiy from Shakhtar Donetsk for 25 million euros in 2009, the expectations were huge. He is considered to be key in the Blaugrana defense. However, he failed to adapt and was unable to bear the huge burden. Moreover, pressure from the media and fans also affected his performance.
After just one season, he moved back to Shakhtar, where he stayed for five seasons. However, his performance is no longer the same because he is often plagued by injuries. He then spent the next two seasons with FC Dnipro. A move to Greece with AEK Athens revived his career.
Last summer, the 34-year-old defender signed for newly promoted Greek Super League side Ionokis.
3. Dani Alves
Dani Alves became a legend at Barcelona after moving from Sevilla in 2008. At Camp Nou, he won almost all the prestigious trophies before leaving in 2016. He then enjoyed success with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain after the officials at Camp Nou decided not to renew his contract. .
After an adventure in Europe, in 2019, the 38-year-old defender returned to his hometown in Brazil to defend Sao Paulo. However, his contract just ended in September. He is currently without a club, but has not decided to hang up his boots.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
All football fans know that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still actively playing at this time. Amazingly, he has just turned 40, and is still performing at the highest level of European football with AC Milan. The Swedish striker himself had joined Barcelona in 2009 after being redeemed from Inter Milan.
However, his career there did not go as expected. He only lasted one season before being loaned to AC Milan in 2010. He was released permanently at the end of the season. After that, he traveled to big clubs such as PSG, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, and returned to AC Milan.
5. Andres Iniesta
Just like Ibrahimovic, many are aware that Iniesta is still staying at Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The 37-year-old is a Barcelona legend. He is among the best graduates of the La Masia academy. As a player, he has tasted all the titles, both at club and international level.
After 16 years with Barcelona, in 2018, he decided to move to the Japanese League to defend Vissel Kobe. Since then, he has won the League Cup and Super League Cup for the Japanese club. Incredibly, his new contract will expire in 2024, which means until he turns 39 years old.
Those are five former Barcelona players, who are still active as players this season. Their age is not young anymore, but their role as experienced players is still needed by the team at this time. Is your idol player among them?