"This is a great birthday present for me. I'm very pleased to announce that I'm an AC Milan player." With these words on his Twitter profile, Bojan Krkic confirmed the rumors. The Spanish striker, that yesterday turned 23, will join the rossoneri on a one-season loan deal.
It's been a strange market movement. Bojan played last year for AC Roma and his performance, although it wasn't bad, it wasn't outstanding neither. He wasn't the favorite in the bets to replace Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who changed Milan for Paris Saint Germain.
Bojan played 33 Serie A games, most of them starting from the bench, and he just scored seven goals. It was his first season far from Barcelona, where he still hopes to return some day. Maybe, a good season at Milan could help him. But it seems quite difficult.
Bojan is still young, but he has a lot of experience. Not so long, he was considered the last 'Wonder Boy' produced at La Masia, Barça's youth academy. He was even compared with Leo Messi, but he never lived up to the expectations, that were too high.
All things that happened in his career beginnings were fast. Too fast, maybe. He made his debut with Barça's first squad when he was just 16. It was in Egypt on a friendly game, and he scored a goal. Only a few months later, he played his first official match, against Osasuna. He became an idol for the fans, especially teenagers that were in love with that shy and tiny guy that was struggling with older guys. And beating them.
There was a real Bojan fever at Camp Nou. He ended his first season with the squad with ten goals, and he was even called for the Spanish National team to play the Euro'08. He renounced arguing tiredness.
After that, he never reached the same level. He signed new contracts with FC Barcelona, but his role in the team, due to some injuries and the rising of some other players, like Pedro Rodriguez, was never the same again. He was still brilliant and scored some important goals, especially in the Spanish Cup, but manager Pep Guardiola didn't consider him as a key player.
Bojan had also a couple of strange situations with Spanish National Team. When he was about to make his debut with La Roja, he suffered an anxiety attack that left him out of the team. After that, he was called twice, but he was left on the bench. And finally, due to an injury of Fernando Torres, he made his debut against Armenia, in 2008. Since then, he has never played anymore for Spain's first squad.
With the move to Milan, Bojan will be under the spotlight again: he will fight for the Scudetto and the Champions League title in one of the most popular teams of all Europe. But this is risky too: he was unable to success at Roma. Could he make the difference in a bigger team? Would it be too much pressure over him again? Whatever, it looks like Bojan is in a 'Break it or make it' situation. Let's see what happens.
Bojan has always said that he will be happy playing for FC Barcelona again. It all depends on this season that just started. If he shows that he's a top striker, he will have any chances. But, if he fails, he will have to forget it and start thinking about a career with lower expectations.