The Arda Turan transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona has to be one of the worst transfer businesses ever carried out by the Catalan club. Not because the midfielder wasn’t a top-quality player, but because he had a disastrous end to his Barca career hampered by both injuries and highly irritating habits he showcased.
After enduring a torrid and nightmare stint at Barca, Turan was loaned to Turkish Club MedipolBaşakşehir. He began to find his feet but also exhibited some off-field traits that put his playing career in more harm.
There is a very notable thing about his return to Turkey though, as he scored his first goal in the league after almost ten years in 2018, having last scored a league goal in Turkey as far back as 2011. His strike was a marvelous one and it came against a Buraspor side who were short on confidence.
The last time he played a league game in Turkey was in May 2011 for Galatasaray. The match was against Konyaspor and that was also the last time he found the back of the net in the Turkish Super Lig.
Turan meant business and it was a remarkable appearance for him after he came off the bench in the second half to fire a delicious strike into the back of the net. He was introduced in the 65th minute and after some goal attempts, he finally struck the ball which would end up being his side’s third goal of the game as they went on to win the match by a scoreline of 3-0.
As a celebration of the goal, he gave a military salute as he showed support for the Turkish military who were in a battle against terrorist groups in Northern Syria. After the game, he then took to Twitter to say pray that God helps the soldiers who were in a battle against the terrorists.
The goal brought some confidence to Turan after some strings of career-disturbing incidences he got himself involved in, including a time when he got suspended from playing football after firing a gun at a public place.