On Tuesday, Barcelona will come face-to-face with their biggest mistake.
With his ponytail dangling over his Paris Saint-Germain jersey, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will preen and leer at them over his crooked nose. If given any chance at all, the man also known simply as "Ibra" will punish his former club during the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal ( live, FOX Soccer, Tuesday, 2 p.m. ET ).
In the summer of 2009, Barcelona bought striker Ibrahimovic from Internazionale . They had tired of the sight of their own striker Samuel Eto'o, in spite of the 30 league goals he'd racked up in the prior campaign. Two of Eto'o's seasons had been wracked by injury, so they shipped the Cameroonian and $60 million to Italy to land the tall Swede. Including fees, Ibra's transfer cost a whopping $90 million, the second-most expensive transfer ever after Cristiano Ronaldo's $131 million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid that same summer.
The reasoning went that the then-28-year...