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Ten stars who played for Barcelona and PSG including Messi and Arteta

BARCELONA and Paris Saint-Germain have had their pick of some of the most talented footballers to have ever graced Europe’s top divisions.

And a few have had the privilege of leaving their mark on both sides who have dominated their rivals in France’s and Spain’s top tiers.

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Lionel Messi became the most high profile player to have swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-GermainCredit: Getty

Here is a look at ten players who have experienced life at the Parc des Prince and the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi

The Argentina skipper, 34, is considered the greatest if not one of the greatest players to have played the game alongside his late compatriot Diego Maradona and Pele.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner spent 21 years at Barcelona winning 10 LaLiga titles, seven Spanish Cups and four Champions League crowns before sealing a sensational move to Paris this summer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The former Sweden international, 40, joined his Inter team-mate, Maxwell, at Barcelona in 2009 in a £59million deal.

And he helped the Nou Camp giants win a Club World Cup in December that year.

The Swede would later have an acrimonious fallout with coach Pep Guardiola following Barca’s Champions League semis loss to Inter in 2010.

The striker would later move to PSG in 2012 after a one-term spell at AC Milan where he finished as Serie A’s top scorer for 2011-12.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Fifa Club World Cup with Barcelona

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Fifa Club World Cup with BarcelonaCredit: AFP – Getty

Mikel Arteta

The Arsenal boss, 39, began his senior playing career in Barcelona’s B and C teams making 47 appearances between 1999 and 2002.

But after failing to break into Barca’s first team the playmaker headed to PSG in December 2000 in search of more playing time.

And he made his debut for the French giants, then managed by Luis Fernandez, in a Champions League group stage match in the 2000-01 season.

PSG has hoped to retain Arteta at the end of his loan spell and did have an option to buy the midfielder.

However, the Glasgow Rangers came in with a higher offer which saw Arteta move to Scotland in 2002.

Mikel Arteta swapped Barcelona for PSG in a bid to get more first team opportunities during his playing career

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Mikel Arteta swapped Barcelona for PSG in a bid to get more first team opportunities during his playing careerCredit: Rex

Richard Dutruel

The retired stopper, 48, who has one international cap for France, spent seven seasons at the Parc des Prince between 1991 and 1996 where he won a Cup Winners Cup in 1996.

However, with first-team opportunities limited would spend two seasons on loan at Caen from 1993 to 1995 before spending four seasons at Spanish club Celta Vigo making 128 appearances for them.

This was then followed by a two-year spell at Barcelona from 2000-02.

Former PSG stopper Richard Dutruel spent two years at the Nou Camp

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Former PSG stopper Richard Dutruel spent two years at the Nou CampCredit: Empics

Frederic Dehu

The former centre-back, 48, joined Louis van Gaal’s Barcelona side in the summer of 1999 playing 23 games across all competitions in the 1999-00 season.

However, the player was let go by the Nou Camp giants after one term and returned to France.

There he joined PSG and won the French Cup in the final season of his four-year career at the club.

Juan Pablo Sorin

The retired Argentina international, 45, embarked on loan spells at the Nou Camp and Parc des Prince.

The midfielder made 15 appearances for Barcelona in 2003 whilst on loan from Brazilian club Cruzeiro and following an injury-ravaged one-year stint at Lazio.

And the player would spend 2003-04 on loan at PSG with whom he won the French Cup during that term.

Ronaldinho wowed fans in LaLiga after he left PSG for Barcelona in 2003

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Ronaldinho wowed fans in LaLiga after he left PSG for Barcelona in 2003Credit: Reuters

Ronaldinho

The mercurial Brazilian, 41, who moved to Spain from PSG in 2003, is considered one of the greatest players to have ever played in LaLiga.

And the winger wowed fans in the Nou Camp with his trickery and ability to bamboozle his markers.

He helped his win the Champions League in Paris in 2006 with the club’s famous 2-1 victory against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side.

Ludovic Giuly

Guily, 45, finished as Barcelona’s second-highest scorer with 11 goals in his first season at the club in 2004-05 despite disruption caused by injuries.

In 2005-06, the former Lyon and Monaco ace won a LaLiga title and Champions League crown with the Catalan giants.

After losing his spot to Lionel Messi the Frenchman moved to Roma for one season before returning to France and joining PSG in July 2008.

Ludovic Guily helped Barcelona to LaLiga title win in 2006 before joining PSG in 2008

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Ludovic Guily helped Barcelona to LaLiga title win in 2006 before joining PSG in 2008Credit: AFP

Thiago Motta

Motta, 39, joined Barcelona’s B team at 17, before breaking into the club’s first-team in 2001.

And he helped the team reach the semis of the 2002 Champions League contest.

The midfielder would spend the final six years of his 19-year playing career at PSG before retiring in May 2018.

Thiago Motta helped Barca reach the 2002 Champions League semi-finals. He spent his final playing days at PSG

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Thiago Motta helped Barca reach the 2002 Champions League semi-finals. He spent his final playing days at PSGCredit: Getty

Maxwell

The former left-back enjoyed a three-year spell at the Nou Camp from 2009 to 2012 following a move from Inter Milan.

And the player covered for the injured Eric Abidal towards the second half of the 2009-10 season.

The retired Brazil star helped the club win La Liga at the end of that term before moving to PSG on a three-year deal.


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