The Pep Guardiola era has been the most glorious spell in FC Barcelona's illustrious history, even more so than Johan Cruyff's era in the early 90s. In three seasons, the club won a barely believable ten trophies, including three leagues and two Champions Leagues, and the current squad established themselves as one of the finest clubs sides in the game's history.
Much of this success can be attributed to Barcelona's unparalleled youth academy, La Masia. After all, eight players of Barcelona's usual starting XI are homegrown. But the real key behind Barcelona's success has been the ability to mix this homegrown talent with top quality imports.
Signing the right players is especially hard at Barcelona, not only must the players be exceptionally talented, they must suit the club's football ethos. While there have been some flops in the Guardiola era (Ibrahimovic), Pep has also made some extraordinary signings who ended up contributing for the team's success. Here are the top five:
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