Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world. Titles are won year after year as great players pull on the famous Catalonian blue and red. Barcelona have had some of the greatest footballers to ever grace a pitch. In this article, we will look at some of the best Barcelona players ever.
In this list we have included 10 Barcelona legends, who immensely contributed in making what the club currently is! Here is the list of 10 best Barcelona players ever –
Quite simply, the most exciting player in the world during his Barcelona tenure. After a barren four years for the club, Joan Laporta decided to embark on a new project with its cornerstone centered around the enigmatic Brazilian.
He was brash, powerful, tricky, and an uninhibited play maker. His arrival restored Barcelona back to the elite, winning two La Liga titles, a Champions League (2006) and a Ballon d’Or (2005). He was so mesmerizing that in a match at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid, the Brazilian made the team in white look like amateurs en route to scoring two breath-taking goals that earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.
In July 2008, Ronaldinho left Barcelona to join Italian Serie A giants Milan on a three-year contract.
9. Pepe Samitier
The third-highest goalscorer in Barca’s history with 326 goals, Pepe Samitier made his debut for Barcelona in 1919 aged 17 and played for the club for 13 seasons.
He won two leagues and was nicknamed ‘the Grasshopper’ and ‘the Magician’ – long in the leg but not short on spellbinding skill.
He won silver with Spain in the 1920 Olympics, played a season for Real Madrid, and returned to Barca as coach, managing the club for three seasons winning a Liga title.
8. Ronald Koeman
One of the best Barcelona players ever, Ronaldo Koeman played for Barcelona from 1989 to 1995. The hero of Wembley, the man who ended the curse and gave Barca their first European Cup in 1992.
A pillar in the defence of the Dream Team, he also scored 102 goals for the club, many from free-kicks and penalties thanks to his great dead-ball skills. Off the pitch, he was known for his kindness and easy-going nature that made him even more of an idol for fans of the club.
7. Pep Guardiola
Slender, elegant and tactically aware, Pep Guardiola served as the linchpin of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team” that won four straight La Liga titles from 1991-1994, including the double in 1992—the year the club captured its first ever European Cup when Guardiola was just 20 years old.
An extension of his coach on the pitch, Guardiola relied on a combination of creativity, technique and ball movement, rather than physicality and pace. Captaining the team from 1997-2001, Pep was the chief inspiration for other La Maisa legends with similar characteristics such as Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fàbregas.
Left at a difficult time as Xavi later took the reins in midfield, but returned as coach to lead the club to their most glorious era guiding Barca to 14 trophies (2008-12).
6. Johan Cryuff
One of the greatest Barcelona legends and also one of the greats in football history and the best in his era, Cruyff changed Barcelona and revolutionised football as a player and a coach.
He won three Ballons D’Or (1971, 1973, 1974). His goal against Atletico Madrid remains one of the iconic images of Spanish football.
He had chosen Barca over Real Madrid despite the latter reaching an agreement with Ajax and he delivered Barca’s first league in 14 years at the end of that first campaign.