The worst signings of Valencia (since the years 90 to present)

The worst signings of Valencia (since the years 90 to present)
Marcelinho, one of the great fiascos of Valencia (Olympia on Twitter)

Last updated June 5, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Today we will review some of the worst signings of Valencia since the decade of the 90 to present. The set of Mestalla has had several ‘skids’ in the last decades. Soccer players who created a lot of expectation but who ended up being a real failure.


The Argentine goalkeeper highlighted in Deportivo Español what served to make the jump to the Valencian team in the season 1997-1998. His debut came on 12 April in the Helmantic Stadium from Salamanca where Valencia conceded a very heavy defeat by 6-0. He only played one more game, against Real Sociedad in Mestalla (3-2). At the end of the season he left the club.

Campagnuolo chrome at Valencia (This editions)

Sabin Ilie

Adrian's brother ‘The Cobra’ Ilie. It was said of Sabin he was the good of both, but we soon realized that this was not the case. He only played three ‘moments’ in the Intertoto Cup, by the way, Valencia won.

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Presentation of Sabin Ilie at Mestalla (


After scoring a good number of goals at Empoli, Francesco Tavano arrived at Valencia in the season 2006-2007. His performance could not be poorer. Juice 6 official matches (only one as holder) without scoring any goals. Another who just like came away.

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President Soler with Tavano in the presentation of the player (uncheck)


The new Roberto Carlos‘. With that nickname, What could go wrong? The truth is that this young Brazilian left back arrived at the club che in December 2008, although it didn't debut until February. Signed 5 years but barely completed one. He played on loan for a season in Elche to complete a disastrous experience in the Spanish League.

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Thiago Carleto, another mistake by Valencia (Hanged for football)


This Nigerian called the attention of the Valencian sports management after standing out at the Ejido Sports Center in the Second Division. But nevertheless, happened to the history of Valencia as one of the worst signings because it showed absolutely nothing. Juice 16 games in the season 2007-2008 and from there began to chain assignments to Osasuna, Betis Y Numancia with more pain than glory.

Sunday Valencia
Although he played little, Sunday had some important opportunity, even, en Champions League (RSLsoapbox)


One of the great Colombian players of the years 90. But nevertheless, the step of Aristizábal for Valencia it was a failure. Juice 7 matches as a starter in the season 1993-1994 but did not get to debut as a scorer.

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The Colombian striker poses with the Valencian shirt (20minutes)


In case of Estoyanoff It is very bizarre. The Uruguayan went down in Valencia history for not even making his debut with the club. He left on loan to teams like him Cádiz, Sports Y Real Valladolid but he could never demonstrate anything at Mestalla.

Estoyanoff in his presentation as a new Valencia player (Sports Plaza)


He was one of the great signings of Valencia in summer 1997. Nicknamed ‘Angel Foot’ it was said of him that he had an exquisite ball hitting and that he was a set-piece specialist. Only played 6 matches, 3 of them as owner, and returned to Brazil.

From Rio
Marcelinho Carioca in a match with Valencia (Olympia)


Much more recent is the case of Aderlan Santos. The Portuguese is one of those mysterious signings that one does not know very well how they can be carried out in a club of the level of Valencia. He played little and proved to be far below the rest of his teammates and rivals in a top-tier league such as the Spanish one.

Aderlan Santos
Aderlan Santos in his presentation at Mestalla (Brand)


He came as a great star after playing the World Russia 2018. Olympique Marseille, Chelsea and Dortmund were their teams before landing at Manises. But nevertheless, never adapted to Valencia where he only played 4 games as a starter scoring a goal.

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Batshuayi, one of the worst signings of Valencia in the recent era (Sports world)

The list of the worst signings in the history of Valencia could continue as there are a few names that remain in the pipeline. The Italians Lucarelli, Fiore Y Corradi, Romanian Dennis Serban, the Argentinian Morigi, Russian oleg Salenko or self Ivan Campo are some more examples.

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