LAUDRUP, THE MOST REMEMBERED
Braithwaite, the fifth Danish in the history of FC Barcelona
Published:19/02/2020 - 17:49h
Updated:19/02/2020 - 17:49h
FC Barcelona has closed the signing of Martin Braithwaite, who will become Denmark's fifth player to wear the Barça shirt
Martin Braithwaite, Leganés striker, has become the chosen one to reinforce FC Barcelona's lead from here until the end of the season. The Danish was liked by Quique Setién for his versatile profile - he can play both left-wing and center-forward - and is affordable in terms of price, since his clause is 18 million and, with 28 years, could be resold for a similar price if it performs well.
In addition, the former striker 'cucumber' has become the fifth player in Denmark in the history of FC Barcelona. Until today, four Danish soccer players had been signed by the Barça team although, as is evident, some had more luck than others in their performance as Culés.
He became one of the star signings of FC Barcelona in the 70s, as he arrived as a winner of the Golden Ball - he had obtained it two years before arriving at Camp Nou - and as one of the players of the moment. He wore the Barca elastic for three seasons, but failed to meet all the expectations that had been placed on him after his signing.
The Danish midfielder was a true legend for FC Barcelona, as he became one of the great stars of the 'Dream Team' European Cup champion and four consecutive Leagues under Johann Cruyff. Michael Laudrup became famous for his elegant game, his passes and his ability to lead the team, although he later left for the eternal rival, Real Madrid.
Another player who was expected a lot but finally did not fulfill what they promised. In the case of Thomas Christiansen, in addition, he failed to debut with the first team, chaining several assignments to other clubs. Another interesting fact is that, with 19 years and thanks to the nationality of his mother, he was summoned by the Spanish team without ever having played in the First Division.
It is the last precedent of a Danish prior to the signing of Braithwaite. Ronnie Ekelund also failed to succeed dressed in Barca and only came to play three games with the first team, before starting with his transfer carousel and his subsequent return to his native country.