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Frank de Boer

After the signings of Korneiev, José Mari (1994/95), Amunike (1995/96) and Bogarde (1996/97), Barça signed twin brothers at the halfway point the 1998/99 season: Frank and Ronald de Boer. The centre-back, Frank, proved to be a vital part of Louis van Gaal’s Barça side while the midfielder, Ronald, had a shorter spell with the team.

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Juan Pablo Sorín

The Argentine left-back made his debut on 9 February 2003, the same day as Radomir Antic took over as first team boss. During a tough campaign, Sorín played an important part in helping Barça qualify for the UEFA Cup. In the summer, after 13 games, he joined PSG.

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Edgar Davids

Arriving from Juventus, the iconic midfielder was the boost that Barça needed midway through the 2004/05 season. Under fellow Dutchman Frank Rijkaard, the team had a great second half of the season to earn second place in the league. With 18 matches in the starting lineup, Davids proved a key part in the team’s turnaround.

MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

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José Manuel Pinto

José Manuel Pinto arrived as backup to Victor Valdés after Albert Jorquera suffered a serious injury, but went on to become an important part of the squad for years to come. The long-haired stopper is best remembered for his penalty save in the 2009 Copa del Rey semi-final against Mallorca, telling his opponent where he would be diving and subsequently saving the strike as he forewarned.

MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

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Ibrahim Afellay

On 24 December 2010, the young and talented Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay joined from PSV. Despite an injury-ravaged time with the club which prevented him from showing his true quality to the Barça fans, Afellay left his mark with an important assist in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, setting up Leo Messi for the goal that made it 2-0 in the first leg. He is the last player Barça have signed in a winter window.

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