A player of massive potential, he is the classic Barça defender. He likes to play the ball out of with his feet, is extremely smart at reading his opponents’ moves and reads the game with instinctive precision. Eric Garcia returned to Barça in the summer of 2021 from Manchester City. He originally joined the Barça Escola in 2008 and resided at La Masia until 2017.
Born 9 January 2001 in Martorell he grew up through the youth ranks at the club, from U10B to the U19 squad.
But he then departed for the youth team at Manchester City, and a year later started appearing for the first team, his official debut coming just before his 18th birthday on 18 December 2018 against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
Viewed as one of the finest young defenders in the world, he also played for Spain at U16, U17 and U21 level, and when Luis Enrique picked him for the senior team, he became the first Barça Escola graduate to ever do so.
In his return season in Barcelona, Eric becomes an important defender in the Catalan squad. His determination as a defender and his personality to play the ball from the back make him a footballer highly valued by both Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernández.
The centre back is also a part of the Spanish national squad, playing at Euro2020 and the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.