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Best Barcelona players of all time

Mon 26 October 2020 | 6:30

If you are a Barcelona fan, join us to review the best Barcelona players of all time.

Since its inception, FC

Barcelona

has introduced great players to the football world. Although Barcelona is currently one of the wealthiest clubs in the world, the club was once in financial trouble; therefore, the Blaugrana could not buy big players.

After a challenging period in the mid-20th century, Barcelona gradually began to buy big players as the economic crisis subsided.

The club, which was founded in 1988, has won many titles, including the La Liga title 26 times, Copa del Rey trophy on 30 occasions, five UEFA Champions League titles as well as FIFA Club World Cup title three times.

Great players like Cruyff and Messi are on the list of

best Barcelona players of all time

. Stay with us to review the best players in Barcelona history.

Best footballers in the history of Barcelona

In the following article, we take a look at the all-time greatest Barcelona players, ​​who worked hard throughout the history of the club to achieve great honors.

Lionel Messi

  • Nation:

    Argentine

  • Date of Birth:

    June 24, 1987

  • Seasons as a Blaugrana's player:

    17 (Barcelona senior squad)/ current

  • Playing position:

    Forward

Even if you are not a football fan, you have undoubtedly heard the name of Barcelona legend

Lionel Messi

. It has been more than 17 years since Lionel Messi joined Barcelona's senior team, but the player has not changed and is looking to improve and score goals like the first day. Barca fans are used to Messi's scoring and do not expect anything else from him. According to SportMob's list of the

best Barcelona players of all time

, Messi is at the top due to the trophies he has won during his spell with Blaugrana.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner is Barcelona top scorer of all time with 636 goals. Also, he is El Clasico's top scorer with netting 26 times.

In October 2004, the Argentinean star made his official debut for the Catalans against

Espanyol

.

The 33-year-old striker has won 10 La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey titles, eight Supercopa de Espana titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cup titles as well as three FIFA Club World Cup titles. 

Messi is one of the few players who has set many records in the world of football. 

His individual achievements as a Blaugrana's player:

  • FIFA Ballon d'Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019)

  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (2014)

  • The Best FIFA Men's Player (2019)

  • European Golden Shoe (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019)

  • Pichichi Trophy (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020)

  • La Liga Best Player (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015)

Many football legends praise the high skills of the Argentine star, including Johan Cruyff, who is one of the

greatest Barcelona players of all time

, said: "For the world of soccer, Messi is a treasure because he is a role model for children around the world… Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league."

He also said about Messi: "I look at Messi, and he makes me laugh. A beautiful footballer who is still like a kid. A world superstar, but still a kid. Innocent, you know. He just plays." 

Given that Messi has not yet retired will not be out of the question scoring more goals and setting more records. 

Xavi

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    25 January 1980

  • Seasons as a Blaugrana's player:

    17 (Barcelona senior squad)

  • Playing position:

    Midfielder

Next on our list of

best Barcelona players of all time

is Xavi, king of passing in the world.

The legend was 11, which joined the La Masia youth system, and in 1998 played for Barcelona's senior team, scoring 85 goals during his spell with the Spanish team. The retired footballer is also one of the best passers in the football world, so he is known as a king of passing. Xavi's passing ability alongside Messi, Iniesta, and Busquets formed tiki-taka that is a style of playing.

The Spain footballer, who is one of the

best Barcelona players ever

, won eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey titles, six Supercopa de Espana titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, as well as FIFA Club World Cups.

Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach about Xavi's passion for football, said: “I hope future players learn from him in the way that I learned from his love for the game. There wasn’t a single day went by when I didn’t see him enjoy it. There would be friendly, and he would play. When he was injured, he would play, or he would do everything to be back soon. He is the most amateur player I know, and at the same time the most professional player too, such is his love for football.”

His individual achievements as a Barcelona's player: 

  • La Liga top assist provider (2009 and 2010)

  • FIFA Ballon d'Or Third place (2009, 2010, and 2011)

  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider (2009)

  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (2009)

  • La Liga Midfielder of the Year (2009, 2010, and 2011)

Finally, Xavi, one of the

best players in Barcelona history,

left the Spanish team in 2015 and joined

Al-Sadd

Johan Cruyff

  • Nation:

    Netherlands

  • Date of Birth:

    April 25, 1947

  • Playing position:

    Midfielder, Forward

Seasons as a Blaugrana's player:

5

Dutch football legend, one of the

best Barcelona players of all time

, in the 1970s was the symbol of the Netherlands national team.  The legend joined Barcelona in 1973, and the Spanish team won the La Lig with Johan Cruyff for the first time since 1960. In the same year, Cruyff was named European Footballer of the Year again. Johan Cruyff became popular with Barcelona fans from the start because he chose a Catalan name for his son. He is known for his speed. The Dutch footballer said about it: "What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster." 

The late footballer won one La Liga and one Copa del Rey during his spell in Barcelona.

His individual achievements as a Barcelona's player: 

  • Ballon d'Or (1973 and 1974)

  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (1974)

  • European Footballer of the Season (1973)

Jorge Valdano, an Argentina footballer, said about Cruyff: "Never in my life have I seen a player like Cruyff rule matches. He was the owner of the show. Much more than his team, the referee, or the fans. His grip on what was happening on the field was amazing. He was a player, coach, and referee at the same time."

In 1978 Cruyff, who is one of the

best footballers in the history of Barcelona,

left the Spanish team and joined Los Angeles Aztecs.

Andres Iniesta

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    May 11, 1984

  • Seasons as a Blaugrana's player:

    16 (Barcelona senior squad)

  • Playing position:

    Central midfielder

According to SportMob's list of the best Barcelona players of all time, Andres Iniesta is in fourth place. The 36-year-old footballer joined Barcelona senior team in 2002, becoming one of the greatest Barcelona players of all time. In the 2004–05 season, Iniesta made 37 appearances for Barcelona in 38 La Liga matches after joining Barcelona's senior team.

The legend, who is one of the

all-time greatest Barcelona players

, served the Blaugrana more than any other club; actually, he was just 12 that joined La Masia. We can introduce Andres Iniesta in one sentence; he is a player that even the fans of the rival team cheer for him while standing up. In the first El Clasico of the 2015-2016 season, Iniesta became the third Barcelona player after Diego Maradona in 1983 and Ronaldinho in 2005, who was cheered by

Real Madrid

fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The legend has won nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey titles, seven Supercopa de Espana titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cup titles as well as three FIFA Club World Cup titles during his spell with the Catalans.

Lionel Messi, who is one of the best Barcelona players ever, about Iniesta's style of playing, said: “Andres and I are similar in that we both use our bodies a lot, to avoid opponents. But he has something that always amazes me. There’s always a moment when you think you’re going to catch him when you think you’re going to get the ball off him, but you can’t. He’s not especially quick, but he has that ability to always get away from you, which comes from his technique.”

His individual achievements as a Barcelona's player:

  • La Liga Best Spanish Player (2009)

  • La Liga Best Midfielder (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014)

In 2018 the legend left Barcelona in tears and joined the Japanese team,

Vissel Kobe

. He said about his separation: “I want to thank my team-mates. My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that. There are still things to be sorted. I will never play against Barca, so I won’t play in Europe.”

Carles Puyol

  • Nation: Spain

  • Date of Birth: April 13, 1978

  • Seasons as a Blaugrana's player: 15 (Barcelona senior squad)

  • Playing position: Defender

Next on our list of best Barcelona players of all time is Carles Puyol, who spends his entire career in Barcelona. The strong defender can be considered the symbol of Barcelona in recent years. 

The fearless defender, who was like a wall against the great striker, has played 593 times for Barcelona and won many trophy, becoming one of the

best Barcelona footballers of all time

. He won many cups (all as a captain) during his spell with the Catalans.

He was captain of Barcelona for a decade, and he always inspired his teammates. Gerard Pique said about the inspiring captain: "He's someone who, even if you're winning 3–0 and there's a few seconds left in the game, will shout at the top of his voice at you if he thinks your concentration is going." He added: "Even four goals down, he thinks we can still win. That's exactly what we need."

The legend won six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, four Supercopa de Espana titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, one UEFA Super Cup as well as two FIFA Club World Cup titles during his time in Barcelona.

His individual achievements as a Barcelona player:

  • La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year (2001)

The legend announced his retirement in 2015 after 15 years. Pique also said about Puyol's retirement: "My generation and those that come after do not know what the club will be like without 'Puyi' in defense branding the captain's armband. Nothing will ever be the same. By your side, I felt protected, you were my guardian angel. Thanks for everything, Puyi."

Gerard Pique

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    February 2, 1987

  • Seasons as a Blaugrana's player:

    14 (Barcelona senior squad)/current

  • Playing position:

    Defender

According to SportMob's list of the best Barcelona players of all time, Gerard Pique is in sixth place. Barcelona boy left Blaugrana youth teams in 2004 and joined

Manchester United

. He played four years for the devils and, in 2008, rejoined his boyhood club.

He is one of the few players to win the Champions League for two consecutive years with two different teams.

He and Puyol formed a strong defensive partnership that few players could easily pass them.

The legend has won eight La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey titles, six Supercopa de Espana titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cup titles as well as three FIFA Club World Cup titles during his spell with Barcelona.

His individual achievements as a Barcelona player: 

  • La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year (2009)

  • La Liga Best Defender (2010)

Gerard Pique, one of the best Barcelona footballers of all time, still plays for the Spanish team and can win more trophies.

How long do you think the legendary Messi will continue to break records? Can a player break Messi's records in the future?   Which players should be added to the list of best Barcelona players of all time? Comment us your views

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