Adama Traore's skill challenge at his Barcelona unveiling will always be epic | OneFootball

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·2 February 2023

Adama Traore's skill challenge at his Barcelona unveiling will always be epic

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Adama Traore turned into prime Ronaldinho during his unveiling after returning to Barcelona last year.

The rapid winger rejoined his boyhood side on loan from Wolves in January. The six-month loan deal included an option for Barca to make the switch permanent.

And, for a few fleeting moments during his official presentation, Traore looked fantastic.

As is tradition for every high-profile arrival at La Blaugrana, Traore was brought onto the hallowed ground that is the Camp Nou pitch to show off a few of his skills - and the eight-cap Spanish international just looked born for the task.


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Seemingly living his best life while juggling the ball with a sense of complete ease, Barca's newest loanee executed every piece of skill effortlessly.

While it didn't quite hit the heights of Ronaldinho's 2003 unveiling, Traore's masterclass was so outstanding it soon went viral.

You can relive it in all its glory below.

Video: Adama Traore absolutely bossed the skill challenge when he was unveiled as a Barcelona player in 2022

While Traore seemingly had the ball on a string during his presentation, not every new Barcelona signing has fared quite so well.

Just ask Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who joined the club for a massive £97 million in 2017. Much was expected of the French speedster following his switch from Borussia Dortmund, but it's fair to say that the occasion got to him when it came to his unveiling.

With supporters eagerly anticipating their first glimpse of their new man in a Barcelona shirt, Dembele had a complete shocker.

He was arriving as the third-most-expensive player on the planet but somehow managed to make a few kick-ups look taxing and don't even get us started on his rainbow flick attempt.

You can relieve Dembele's disastrous Barcelona bow here.

Video: Ousmane Dembele's Barcelona unveiling in 2017 was the definition of how not to make a first impression

How did Traore fare during his loan spell at Barcelona?

Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, his flawless performance during his unveiling was one of the few bright spots of his return to Catalonia.

Failing to find the back of the net while managing just two assists in 17 games was never going to be the sort of form that would persuade cash-strapped Barca to make the deal permanent.

Traore returned to Wolves at the end of his loan spell and he remains at Molineux today.

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