The 10 Worst Serie A Signings in Recent Memory
It's one of my favorite pieces to write. One where we honor futility over excellence, and take a look back at some of the worst and most bizarre transfers to ever take place in Serie A.
I decided to stay current with the piece, going back only five years so most the readers would be familiar with some of the names on this list.
Here it goes, the 10 worst Serie A signings in recent memory!
Oguchi Onyewu (Milan)
The lumbering American defender played a total of 20 minutes in a Milan uniform during his two year spell with the Italian giants. Plagued with injuries, he even told the club he'd play for free in the second season.
The most notable news from his time with the Rossoneri was his famed behind the scenes fight with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was well chronicled in autobiography I am Zlatan.
Eljero Elia (Juventus)
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has made a fair share of managerial blunders, and this is the first of two on the list.
The Juventus management was sure that Eljero Elia was the perfect fit in a 4-3-3 formation with Milos Krasic operating on the opposite flank.
The Bianconeri snapped up the Dutch winger from Hamburger for a fee of €9 million, and the rest was history.
A total of four games played during the 2011-12 season ensued, and he was dumped for half that amount the following summer.
Jorge Martinez (Juventus)
Unfortunately, Jorge would have no excuse to boogie during his time with the Bianconeri, as he failed to score any goals in 14 matches with the club.
He can now be found in Romania, playing for Cluj.
Ricardo Quaresma (Inter)
Known mostly for his trivelas and rabonas, Ricardo Quaresma was a circus player who became the ultimate joke at Inter.
Had he not won the treble win Inter, coach Jose Mourinho would most likely be remembered for conning Massimo Moratti into spending more than €35 million on wingers Ricardo Quaresma and Amantino Mancini (pictured next).
Mourinho made the not-so-special move of entrusting his brand new attack to the trio of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the two new signings. The formation was changed soon after, and the two wingers were barely seen again on the field.
Ricardo Quaresma received the Bidone d'Oro award (golden trashcan) for worst Serie A player, and his car was also hit by a golden tapir.
Currently, Quaresma is playing in Dubai while Mancini was recently released from jail.
Amantino Mancini (Inter)
The Brazilian winger possessed plenty of flair and technique during his time at Roma and was viewed as one of the finest players in Luciano Spalletti's system.
Mourinho thought he'd be an instant hit at Inter and convinced President Massimo Moratti to splurge on the trickster. However, inconsistency saw him relegated to the bench, and he was inexplicably loaned to rivals Milan a year later.
If you thought it couldn't get any worse, Mancini was sentenced to jail for rape last year.
Bojan Krkic (Roma)
Growing up in the famed La Masia, the Barcelona youth product was one of the first signings for Luis Enrique's new regime at Roma.
The little Bojan did little during his time in the Capital to justify the €12 million price tag Roma dished out for him, and he fell out of the regular rotation.
Now a bench-warmer at Milan, Bojan has gained a reputation for scoring when a game is hopelessly out of reach.
Roma knew they had to pull the trigger on Adriano when they saw him sporting his new B-cups.
After an impressive stint at Flamengo, The Giallorossi decided to give The Emperor another chance in Serie A. With a new €5 million yearly salary, they brought in the overweight Brazilian who repaid them with zero goals in five matches.
With drinking problems haunting him in the latter stages of his career, Adriano failed to replicate the form which made him one of the most unstoppable strikers in his early days.
Brought in as the heir to the departing Maicon, Jonathan has been one of the biggest comedies in Serie A since his arrival two seasons ago from Brazilian club Santos.
Boasting absolutely none of the qualities which made Maicon one of the finest right backs in the world, Jonathan can be usually found at the end of the bench, saved only for an awkward appearance in the Europa League.
Santiago Silva (Fiorentina)
As if his performances weren't insulting enough, Fiorentina shockingly gave the wayward Uruguayan the famed No. 10 shirt.
A journeyman throughout his career, Santiago Silva played 12 matches for the Viola, netting only once. Needless to say, he was sent packing back to Argentina six months later.
Mathias Cardaccio and Tabare Viudez (Milan)
It is perhaps one of the strangest swoops in Milan history.
No one has ever explained why the Rossoneri purchased the little-known Uruguayan pair of Tabare Viudez and Mathias Cardacio in 2008.
The duo played a total of three games for Milan and have had even more bizarre careers after the shocking move.
Mathias Cardacio currently plays for the B team of Chilean side Colo-Colo, while Tabare Viudez plies his trade for a team you'd be hard-pressed to pronounce: Kasimpasa Spor Kulübü.