Everyone has their own childhood – and, accordingly, their favorite football players of that carefree and bright time. And of course, everyone has their own favorite football player in every team, especially when Berch is talking about such a famous and powerful team like Barcelona. In this article we will talk about the players of Barca, about the best ones, for example, such as Hugo Sotil, Diego Maradona, and about those who left their indelible mark on the history of this squad.
- 12 seasons, 535 matches
Compared to the goalkeepers that Barca had had until the second half of the 2002/03 season, Valdez was just Spinoza. Yes, he liked to give the transfer to David Vilyu long before he moved to play in Catalonia. But on the other hand, Viktor practically every classic performed at the highest level and performed the most important element of goalkeeper art for Barcelona: he played the de facto defender, boldly and sensibly giving the programs to his partners. Valdez has never been a model of the classic goalkeeper, but has become a model of the Barca goalkeeper for a decade.
- 8 seasons, 391 match, 21 goals
One of the key players that allowed the era of Guardiola so successfully to change the era of Rijkard. The most active laterals of “Barcelona” to Alves – Gio van Bronkhorst and Juliano Belletti – were not so half productive at the front gate. Alves forced thousands of commentators and millions of journalists to lie daily when they called him “right back”. He lived and worked from the center of the field to someone else’s penalty, and returned to his goal only to take a nap. There were periods when Alves suddenly fell into monotonous canopies, but this was always associated with the tactical flaws of the game scheme in a particular period of the team’s life. The quality standard of the Brazilian, who played 14 seasons in the Spanish Championship – his weakest season could be called “just good”. It was necessary to suspect that Alves had won back his own, as after a while he again demonstrated the highest level.
- 15 seasons, 593 matches, 18 goals (in the XXI century – 13.5 seasons, 560 matches, 18 goals)
Where did he just come from among the coaching jumble of the beginning of zero? While short-lived President Joan Gaspard was obsessed with acquiring gifted dolts, a curly-haired burly man graduated from the youth academy, who was carving his way forward with plowing and working capacity. In the defensive mess of van Gala, he looked like the most reliable element, and then played the position of right-back. Pretty soon, Puyol became the leader of the team, whose captain’s actions were captured on video several times. “They don’t do that anymore.” Carles not only successfully fought the attention deficit of young Piquet, but also fantastically put out any fires that occurred within the penalty area. Puyol feints are something of Arbeloa dribbling, which happened just as often and was remembered as long as the northern lights.
- 8.5 seasons, 377 matches, 35 goals
Redeemed from United after renting to Zaragoza as the third or fourth central defender, Piqué quickly won the trust of Guardiola and gave the coveted first pass to the beginning coach. Shakira, teenage antics, whistling from the stands – all this will be later. In the beginning, he was just an un-shot defender with the most valuable ability to accelerate an attack and play with his head. Piquet also had a captain’s potential, but did not rise above the command joker. Curiosity and love for a bright life outside the football field led the defender to alternate good seasons with gray ones. And there was a time for Pickenbauer without a hint of irony in this nickname. For Barca, Piquet is the answer to all non-purchased center forwards. When it is necessary to arrange a pile, he immediately changes his position and plays the role of a battering ram ahead.
- 6 seasons, 193 matches, 2 goals
Extreme defenders in Barcelona and Spain in general are always more about attack than about defense. Abidal was the most tactically competent defender of the club, who not only worked reliably in his position, but also constantly backed up interested partners. He was a balancing element in Guardiola’s game scheme, in which the right side was strongly protruding. Their relationship with Dani Alves spread beyond the boundaries of the football field – when the Frenchman needed a liver transplant after complications following an operation to remove the tumor, Alves suggested becoming a donor. Abidal refused, because he did not want this to affect Alves’ career, but as soon as Erika, with honors and light bitter sediment, was taken from the club, the Brazilian took his game number.
- 8.5 seasons, 411 matches, 12 goals
Now everyone has already become accustomed to the fact that Busy is one of the best midfielders of the decade and not one top coach admitted that he wanted to be exactly Busquets as a player. But you would have heard that you wrote about him in the fan forums in 2008-2009. An uncompromising, lanky young man with a bad inheritance (his father Carles Busquets is not the last in the ranking of the most stupid goalkeepers of Barcelona), whom Guardiola pulled out from the branch and replaced his favorite of the tribunes Yaya Toure. The biggest injustice against Busquets is his hardened reputation as a simulator. All of it is built on the only moment when, after a real foul, Thiago Motta Sergi fell on the lawn and “peeped” at the referee. We will give you ten football players in the Barcelona squad and another hundred from the championship of Spain, who pretend more often to Busquets. Sergi also has the unique ability to cover the ball from an opponent and part with it before contacting an opponent. When Busquets is hit on the legs for the fifth time in 10 minutes, it is annoying. But all five times he was hit in the legs.
- 17 seasons, 767 matches, 85 goals (in the XXI century – 14.5 seasons, 716 matches, 79 goals)
Xavi became a constant of Barcelona at the end of the last century, but he spent half of his professional career in the shadows and not in the shadow of any other players, but because of the perception of his position on the field. Xavi was the central defender distributing the balls, which had no special highlights in the attack, or in the selection. The stamp of the artisan and himself, in the era of Ricard, the player was thinking of leaving the club. Everything changed after Guardiola reformatted the team’s game in the center of midfield, with the result that Xavi became more involved in attacking actions. At the same time, trends in the perception of players’ positions changed. Xavi did not do anything fundamentally new, but for a couple of years he suddenly stepped into the first row, began to push for the Golden Ball and was recognized as one of the main stars of European football.
- 14.5 seasons, 610 matches, 55 goals
Their partnership with Xavi was often united in one name – “Havignest”. But the players are, of course, a completely different profile. In the Barcelona system, the quiet Iniesta always played the role of the X-factor. If the team is 80 minutes knocking on closed doors, then only Iniesta will come up with something new. It is not surprising that he was the one who scored all the historical goals for the club (at the Chelsea goal) and for the national team (at the gate of Holland). Sometimes there was a feeling that Iniesta’s individual talent is not revealed and is not evaluated to the maximum due to the presence of high-class partners who are more eye-catching. On the other hand, it was for this that he earned his special fame – for being a team player, who did without tattoos, and preferred words to words. In recent years, he still matured and learned how to talk in captain-like both with rivals and arbitrators.
- 12.5 seasons, 557 matches, 481 goals
He is the main treasure of the Catalan club in its history. A treasure of this kind is always not only a blessing, but also in some sense a curse. Barcelona has a chronic dependency, and over the years, this energizing disease has spread from the football field to all areas of the club’s life. Messi can’t be discussed simply as a football player, he is a phenomenon, and the evaluation of his actions or games is always implicated in the emotional perception of the appraiser. He has come a long way from the young changer Louis Julie to the main player of the attack, from the “false nine” to the central attacker – and again to the right. And this way is not finished yet, although the journalists’ adjectives for the occasion ended six years ago.
He is the best player in the history of Barcelona. Also he is one of the best in the world and the best for all Catalan fans. In modern football, there is not a single player who can do it like this, score in three consecutive matches with free throws, but in general any Messi goal is a masterpiece of masterpieces. He will forever be grateful to Barcelona and it to him. The club cured him, and it gave him everything he could. Speed, dribbling, penalty is like a penalty – all this for a long time will be words synonymous with Lionel Messi. It doesn’t matter how many gold balls he will have in the end. The important thing is how much more Leo will be able to keep his highest level.
We can write about Messi as many times as you want, many times have been said about him. But every time he surprises millions of football fans with his game. And too many, as if every time is small, one always wants to see his game. He is like a drug and that person who can bring joy and madness to your life. Sometimes it seems like Leo makes some people happier. It seems to be living your life, but you lack something in it. Fans from around the world woke up at night, took the remote control, turned on the TV, and there this guy took the ball and went around the whole team, scored a goal, raised two fingers up. And as if life has become sweeter from his game. You fall asleep, not knowing that you live in the era of a true legend of world sport.
- 5 seasons, 199 matches, 130 goals
He is standard “nine” for Catalonia. With this position here, too, everything was not easy – before Samu goals were scored strongly dependent on their moods Patrick Klayvert and Javier Saviola, after Samu followed experiments with Zlatan and Messi’s translation to this position. Nothing worked the way Eto worked in his five-year plan – a plastic, hard-working and driven forward who knew how to start himself at the right moments. On his goals, Barca under Rijkard entered her renaissance, through his memories of the undervaluedness in the capital, she added sharpness to the classic. And very much in the spirit of the attacker was that he spent the best season in Barcelona when they wanted to give him up. Guardiola did not suit Eto’s, he tried to sell it all summer, but in the end the buyer was not found, and the Cameroonian ended his performances in Spain with an extravaganza.
- 5 seasons, 207 matches, 94 goals
The man himself has buried his own talent, and Ronaldinho’s talent is the best people have seen in football as an authentic spectator. He was not the best footballer in the world, he didn’t make any fantastic career and didn’t get astounding figures like These Two and even many others, but there was no other such wizard.
No, Messi and Ronaldo also periodically showed magic, especially in the early stages of their careers, when for them effectiveness was more important than efficiency — speed dribbling, strikes. But Ronnie could just dribble the ball with his strange gait, or even stand still and look at the opponent’s feet, and you were hanging on the screen as if spellbound, what would happen next, what would throw out? In total, somewhere in the three seasons, “Barcelona” went on tour with the title “Show of a Brazilian illusionist”. In the case of the invention of a time machine, we’ll definitely come back to reconsider the match with Chelsea in the 2004/05 season.
Ronald Koeman (1989-95)
The most hard-backed defender in club history, Coman scored 102 goals for six years in Catalonia. He was a member of the “dream team” Johan Cruyff, who in 1992 won the European Cup for the first time in the history of the club. Kuman himself scored the winning goal in the final against Sampdoria.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Tear the entire left flank, run the entire match, not feeling tired. Gio in Barcelona was good, and his goals are a clear confirmation of how hard he was aimed at the attack. He came to Barça, an already strong player from Arsenal. In the championships in 2005 and 2006 there is a great merit of the Dutchman, winning the Champions League in 2006 was the peak for Gio in the Catalan club. He left Barcelona for 32 years. The player who was here thanks to Rijkard, who decided to rent it, became the key for several seasons. The next similar defender Barça had to wait a long time. They became Jordi Alba.
He is plowman and athlete. He chose for a long time, but with all due respect to Abidal and Alba, it was Gio who, in difficult times, managed for Barca to close one of the most problematic areas of Barcelona. And not just closed, but became one of the leaders of the Barça, which was just gaining its steep turns at the beginning of the 21st century. He was not a media person – quiet, calm and discreet. He did not beat the ball with his head lying on the lawn, like Abidal, did not run the field in 7 seconds on 94 minutes, like Alba. But he was one of those people on whom the magnificent team of Frank Rijkard was created.
Joan Segarra (1949-65)
Defender Segarra was the captain of Barcelona in the 1950s and is fifth in the number of matches played in the team. Segarra gave himself completely on the field but always played with respect to his opponent. Both teammates and rivals praised him for his penchant for fair play. It is known that throughout his career he hit an opponent only once, and that was by chance.
Romario loved football, but in his own way. This love often depended on the state of the football field, the weather and the fullness of the stands. And if any of these criteria did not reach the requirements of Shorty, then it was a different football: football is unloved and wrong. Romario categorically did not want to adhere to the so-called sports lifestyle. It was definitely not for a football player, he wanted to take all the best from life. And it is clear that this approach is not too pleased with the coaching staff of any team. Difficult relationships were with Baishinho and with workers pen and camera. The football player did not understand the meaning of this annoying, in his (and not only his) opinion, profession. Despite the ambiguity of the player, Romario was loved by fans and even by the press, pulling information from him in bits. But how did he drink the blood of coaches who saw his extreme potential and at the same time faced with the original approach of the football player to training and sports mode! But what would they do if the player was irreplaceable on the field, bringing victory?
Five footballers, due to the lack of which fans did not sleep last night in the final list
Rafael Marquez – in the renewed Barça, Raycard played the fundamental role of a central defender with a chic first pass. In the game sense he is the predecessor of Piquet.
Deco – the main partner of Xavi to strengthen Iniesta as a player in the starting lineup. He knew how to do everything in midfield and actually quit on his own will.
Pedro – because of the simple name (he started as Pedrito) and the lack of a gaming background, almost his entire career at the club remained undervalued. A sort of Busquets in the attack, played better than top stars.
Luis Suarez – the best “nine” of the club since Eto’o and in general in history. Doubts about the need for his transfer dispelled very quickly and forever. “It was my dream,” said Luis Suarez immediately after moving to Barcelona. In Liverpool, he hit a lot of balls, and in the national team of Uruguay, remember the bite of Chiellini. All through the season 2014/2015, commentators and fans joked about Louis, distorting his last name and ridiculing that act. The period of disqualification because of all the same bite, he spent fruitfully. It’s no joke that almost immediately he began to score goals, and not one, but two, or even three. But the debut season was not as bright as the next one came out. In 53 matches he scored 56 goals. It turned out in this team Suarez only after two seasons, but he did it deservedly so. At the same time, he has every chance to be in the symbolic team of Barcelona not only for a century, but for the whole story.
Neymar is a “YouTube hero” and “a boy who will not play in Europe”. The best stretches of Barça without a Messi on the field, and therefore, apparently ready to be a team leader in the future.