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5 of the Best Signings Made by Joan Laporta During His First Spell as Barcelona President

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldinho was the best signing made by Joan Laporta during his first spell as Barcelona president
Ronaldinho was the best signing made by Joan Laporta during his first spell as Barcelona president / JOSE JORDAN/Getty Images
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Joan Laporta was elected as Barcelona president for a second time after winning the election earlier this week, with the Spaniard winning more than 54 percent of the vote. The 58-year-old who held the post previously between 2003-2010 oversaw one of the most successful times in the club's history by making some brilliant signings.

Here, we take a look at five of the best signings made by Laporta in his first spell as president.

1. Ronaldinho - €32.3m (2003/04)

(FILES) - This photo taken 21 July 2003
(FILES) - This photo taken 21 July 2003 / JOSE JORDAN/Getty Images

Without doubt the best signing made by Laporta was Ronaldinho who transformed the club's fortunes on arrival and will go down as one of the greatest players to play for the club. The Brazilian entertained audiences with his performances and was unstoppable between 2004-2006.

The 40-year-old made 207 appearances for the club leading them to numerous honours and won the Ballon d'Or for his performances during his time in Spain.

2. Samuel Eto'o - €27m (2004/05)

Cameroon's football player Samuel Eto'o
Cameroon's football player Samuel Eto'o / CESAR RANGEL/Getty Images

Samuel Eto'o was signed from Mallorca in 2004 and immediately went on to show just why he was so highly rated, scoring 130 goals in 199 appearances for the club. The Cameroonian was at his peak during his time with the club and played an integral role in all of their success at the time.

3. Deco - €21m (2004/05)

Portugal's midfielder Anderson Luis de S
Portugal's midfielder Anderson Luis de S / CESAR RANGEL/Getty Images

Deco joined Barcelona immediately after winning the Champions League with Porto and he continued in the same vein at the Nou Camp, leading the team through his skill in midfield. The former Portugese international was perhaps the best midfielder in the world especially during his time in Spain.

4. Rafael Marquez - €5.3m (2003/04)

Mexican defender Rafael Marquez (C) pose
Mexican defender Rafael Marquez (C) pose / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

Rafael Marquez was an underrated part of the Barcelona side of the time, with the centre-back spending seven seasons at the Nou Camp. The 42-year-old made 242 appearances and was a solid dependable presence at the back.

5. Dani Alves - €35.5m (2008/09)

(From L) Barcelona's director of footbal
(From L) Barcelona's director of footbal / JOSEP LAGO/Getty Images

Widely considered to be one of best right-backs of his generation, Dani Alves was devastating in attack and combined brilliantly with Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp. The Brazilian made 391 appearances for the club and it was a mistake on the part of the club to let him leave in 2016.

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