Afellay: seventh signing from PSV
Afellay is the seventh player that PSV have sold to FC Barcelona. The six previous cases were all good choices.
Twenty years have gone by since Koeman, the Wembley hero, gave up Eindhoven for Barcelona. Three
other Dutchmen (Cocu, Zenden and Van Bommel) and two Brazilians (Romario and Ronaldo) have followed
in his wake. We now take a look at how they all got on at Barça.
Koeman (1989): Made history at Barça. His goal at Wembley, on May 20, 1992, brought the club
its first European Cup. He was at the Camp Nou for six years.
Romario (1993): He was like something out of a cartoon. A natural goalscorer, he amazed the
Camp Nou for two seasons, and scored 53 goals in 84 games.
Ronaldo (1996): He was only at the club for one season, but was one of
the best strikers ever to represent Barcelona. In 51 games he scored 47 goals, in a year that Barça
won the Spanish Cup and the Cup Winners Cup.
Cocu (1998): With 292 appearances, he is the foreigner that has played the most games for FC
Barcelona. He left PSV as a free agent and was the focus of the FCB midfield until 2004.
Zenden (1998): Like Cocu, who joined Barça after the 1998 World Cup. He was key member of the
side in 1998/99. Zenden was at the club for three years before leaving for Chelsea.
Van Bommel (2005): Arrived as a free agent, and in just one year at Barça he won a League and
a Champions League.