Of course, it hasn't turned out that way. Four months after the move, the man affectionately known as "The Rabbit" in Argentina, is in the same situation he found himself in at the Nou Camp: on the bench. And while Saviola's supporters would say he's unfortunate, Barca fans will have little sympathy for him when Real Madrid visits the Catalonian capital on Sunday night.
The return to form of Real captain Raul has had a lot to do with Saviola's relegation to the bench. Ruud van Nistelrooy also continues to score regularly, and Robinho, often playing like a third forward, has been in sparkling form this season. Meanwhile, Saviola continues to rot on the bench, having played just 242 minutes (less than three games) this season. And it's far from certain that he'll make it on the field at all this Sunday.