What happened to the seven signings Pep Guardiola made in his first season as Barcelona manager

No one would have thought Pep Guardiola would have the impact he did as manager at Barcelona.

Guardiola only had one season with Barcelona B before being promoted to be in charge of the first team in 2008.

But he soon established himself as one of the, if not the best manager in the world.

Guardiola would spend four seasons as manager of the Catalan giants; whereby Barcelona won four La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs.

He created a team that many consider to be the greatest team of all time.

But how did he do it? His main challenge was bringing in players that fit his philosophies; something he attempted to do by delving into the transfer market in his first season at the club.

Guardiola spent £86 million in his first campaign on seven players. But what happened to those signings?

Dani Alves – £31.95m

What a signing this would turn out to be. Spending £32 million for a defender in 2008 was a lot of money, but Alves’ performances in his eight season spell ensured that would be money well spent.

The Brazilian made 391 appearances for Barca before departing for Juventus in 2016.

After a single season with the Italian club, Alves now finds himself in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Aleksandr Hleb – £15.30m

Not one of Guardiola’s greatest signings, it must be said.

Hleb played 36 times for Barcelona in the 2008/09 season but failed to hit the back of the net once.

He spent the next three seasons on loan before signing with Krylia Sovetov in January 2012.

Now 37, he is currently in his fifth spell with BATE Borisov.

Martín Cáceres – £14.85m

Another man who never really made his mark at Barcelona.

Caceres only spent one season in Barcelona’s first team, where he made 23 appearances.

He now features for Lazio in Serie A.

Seydou Keita – £12.60m

Keita was a good servant for the club. Signed for £12.6 million from Sevilla, Keita would spend four successful seasons at Barcelona before departing for Chinese outfit, Dalian Aerbin.

After further spells with Valencia and Roma, he retired in 2018 with Qatari side, El-Jaish.

Henrique – £7.20m

Signed as a 17-year-old in 2008, Henrique would never make an appearance for the first team.

After loan spells with Leverkusen, Racing Santander and Palmeiras, he eventually left Spain in 2012.

He now turns out for Brazilian outfit, Corinthians.

Gerard Piqué – £4.50m

Perhaps the best signing of Guardiola’s Barcelona era.

Pique failed to make a telling impact at Manchester United, but Guardiola saw enough potential in him to bring him back to Barcelona.

Now 31 years old, Pique has been a mainstay in Barcelona’s defence ever since returning, making 446 appearances in the process.

José Manuel Pinto – Free Transfer

Pinto would turn out to be a reliable back-up for Barcelona.

He made 90 appearances for the club and retired from football upon leaving in 2014.

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