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Top 15: Worst signings of all time

Dmytro Chygrynskiy

Dmytro Chygrynskiy signed for FC Barcelona in the summer of 2009 for a fee of 25 million euro at the request of Pep Guardiola. He only played for 942 minutes for the first team and is widely regarded as one of Barça's poorest excursions in the transfer market.

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Kaká

Kaká moved to Real Madrid from AC Milan in June 2009 for a fee of 65 million euro and still ranks as one of the most expensive signings in the history of the Bernabeu side. After an underwhelming spell in the Spanish capital he returned to the Seria A outfit in 2013 taking a salary cut in the process.

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Denilson

Denilson signed a 10 season deal with Real Betis in 1997 and was the most expensive player in the world at the time of the deal. The spell in LaLiga failed to live up to expectation and the Brazilian spent the rest of his career in Brazil, France and the US among other destinations.

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Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka moved to Real Madrid in 1999 for 33 million euro. One disappointing season later he was back with PSG for the same sum of money. The French international subsequently wore the shirt of Liverpool, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers among others.

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Juan Veron

Juan Veron moved to Old Trafford in 2001 for a fee of 42,5 million euro after impressing in Serie A. He spent two seasons with the Red Devils before moving to Chelsea for 22.5 million euro.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined FC Barcelona in 2009 for 66 million euro becoming at that point the most expensive signing in the history of the Catalan club. Well documented friction with coach Guardiola saw the Swede loaned out to AC Milan.

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Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko moved to Chelsea in 2005 costing the SW6 outfit 45 million euro. He made a swift return back to Milan following two lackluster campaigns n with te premier League side.

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Robinho

Robinho signed for Real Madrid for 24 million euro in July 2005 and was touted as the new hope of Brazilian football. After a promising debut season in the Spanish capital his form dipped and the player moved to Manchester City in December 2008 for 43 millions.

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Juan Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado joined Chelsea moving from Fiorentina for a fee of 30,1 million euro in 2015. He form at Stamford Bridge was erratic and a return to Serie A followed shortly and he currently plays with Juventus.

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Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli left Milan in 2014 moving to Liverpool for 20 million euro. He failed to ge at Anfield and returned to Serie A outfit AC Milan.

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Roberto Ríos

Roberto Ríos was one of Spanish football's most disappointing internal moves leaving Betis for Athletic in 1997 for 12 million euro and failed to deliver at San Mames despite high levels of expectation.

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Winston Bogarde

Winston Bogarde moved to Barcelona from Ajax in 1998 at the request of dutch coach Van Gaal. Two poor seasons at Camp Nou were enough before the player moved on.

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Jonathan Woodgate

Jonathan Woodgate moved to Real Madrid from Newcastle United in 2004 for a fee of 22 million euro. An injury hampered spell in the Spanish capital saw the defender just wear the famous white shirt on 12 occasions before returning to the English game.

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Gaizka Mendieta

Gaizka Mendieta moved to Lazio from Valencia for a staggering 41,6 million euro in 2001. The spell in Seria A disappointed with the midfielder failing to repeat his Mestalla form.

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Emmanuel Amunike

Emmanuel Amunike moved to Barça in 1996 and his time at Camp nou was not aided by a recurring knee problem. He played for the Catalan outfit just 19 times before moving on in 2000.

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