Bojan - eight years on the decline

NOVEMBER 26, 2017 - Bojan Krkic Pérez holds the record as the youngest ever in the annual TFR PLAYERS rankings.

Still only 17 years of age he finished the 2007-08 season in the 205th spot of the TFR PLAYERS rankings after a sensational entry at the world scene of football.

But since the first signs of a talent on the course to world prominence, the last eight years have been a long and painful career decline for the Spaniard with Serbians roots.

After progressing through the youth ranks of FC Barcelona he made his first team debut at the age of 17 years and 19 days, breaking the record set by Lionel Messi.
In his debut season, he scored 12 goals in 48 matches.

For the following two seasons he continued to live up to the high expectations, but then came the first signs of a career long decline.

In July 2011 he was sold to Italian side Roma for a fee of €12 million.
While in Rome, he scored seven goals in 37 appearances in 2011-12 and then spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Milan, where he scored three goals in 27 games.

He spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Dutch club Ajax with whom he won the Eredivisie title.

In July 2014, Bojan joined English club Stoke City for €1.8 million, but today at the age of 27 he is back in Spain on a season long loan deal with the small Primera Division club Deportivo Alavés.