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Best Barcelona midfielders of all time

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Like many other great clubs, Barcelona has had many talented midfielders from its early days. Join us in the following article to review the best Barcelona midfielders ever.

Even if you are not a football fan, you have definitely heard the name of Barcelona, ​​which is one of the biggest and wealthiest teams in the world. If we take a look at the history of the Catalans, we come across the names of great midfielders who served Barcelona more than any other clubs.

From Pep Guardiola to Luis Enrique, are the name of great midfielders in the list of

best Barcelona midfielders of all time

who became great coaches. Barcelona has won La Liga title on 26 occasions, 30 Copa del Rey titles, Supercopa de Espana title 13 times, UEFA Champions League title on 5 occasions, 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup titles, as well as FIFA Club World Cup title 3 times.

In the following article, we are going to let you know about the all-time best midfielders at Barcelona.

Greatest Barcelona midfielders of all time

Let's take a look at the list of best Barcelona midfielders of all time, which starts with Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho

  • Nation:

    Brazil

  • Date of Birth:

    21 March 1980

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    5

Widely known as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, is one of the

best Barcelona midfielders of all time

. A gifted midfielder, joined

Barcelona

when the Spanish team was in a bad situation. "Ronaldinho was responsible for the change in Barca. It was a bad time, and the change that came about with his arrival was amazing," said Messi. Dinho, alongside young players such as Xavi and Iniesta, formed a strong team. 

The pony-tailed Brazilian midfielder joined Barcelona in 2003 and made his debut against Juventus on 27 July. It is valuable for a Barca player to be applauded at the Bernabeu Stadium, and this has happened to Ronaldinho.

The legend scored twice during the 2005 El Clasico at the Bernabeu and played a key role in Barcelona's 3-0 victory, so Dinho received applause from

Real Madrid

fans at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldinho, who is one of the

best ever Barcelona midfielders

, won the La Liga title on two occasions, one Supercopa de Espana title as well as one UEFA Champions League title.

"He transmits a lot of joy and pleasure playing the game, and he has individual skills that are of such a high level that everybody in the world adores him," said Frank Rijkaard, Barcelona coach during the 2005–06 season.

The legend, who is known for his playmaking ability, scored 94 goals in 207 appearances that he made for Barcelona.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

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La Liga Best Foreign Player (two times), FIFA World Player of the Year (2004, 2005), UEFA Team of the Year (three times), Ballon d'Or (2005), La Liga Top assist provider (2006), UEFA Champions League Top assist provide (2006)

Xavi Hernandez

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    25 January 1980

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    17 (Barcelona senior squad)

On the list of

best Barcelona midfielders of all time

, Xavi Hernandez is in second place. The king of passing joined the La Masia youth system when he was 11. Xavi, who is one of the

all-time best Barcelona midfielders

, along with Messi and Iniesta, used Tiki Taka passing style to cause trouble for many rivals.

"Our model was imposed by [Johan] Cruyff; it's an Ajax model. It's all about rondos [piggy in the middle]. Rondo, rondo, rondo," Xavi said about the tiki-taka style of play in 2011.

The Spanish legend won the La Liga title on eight occasions, Copa del Rey title three times, six Supercopa de Espana titles, UEFA Champions League title on four occasions, two UEFA Super Cup titles, as well as two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

The Spanish midfielder, who is known for his passing ability, wore the blue and burgundy shirt for 17 years, scoring 85 in 767 appearances that he made for Barcelona before departing in 2015.

"Xavi is a player who has the Barcelona DNA: someone who has taste for good football, someone who is humble and someone who has loyalty to this club. From the first moment I saw him play, I knew he would become the brain behind Barcelona for many years to come," said Pep Guardiola.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

La Liga top assist provider (two times), FIFA Ballon d'Or/Third place (three times), UEFA Champions League top assist provider and UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (2009), La Liga Midfielder of the Year (2009, 2010, and 2011).

Andres Iniesta

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    May 11, 1984

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    16 (Barcelona senior squad)

According to SportMob's list of the best Barcelona midfielders of all time, Anders Iniesta is in third place. Iniesta's goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the

Netherlands

has always made him a hero for Spain fans. However, many of Iniesta's unique performances have helped him become one of the best players in the history of football. Iniesta, who is one of the Barcelona youth products, served the Catalans more than any other club.

After Diego Maradona in 1983 and Ronaldinho in 2005, he was the third player that received applause from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“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,” said

Messi

on Iniesta's style of playing.

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

Iniesta, who is one of the

best Barcelona midfielders ever

, scored 57 times and provided 139 assists for his teammates in 674 appearances that he made for the Catalans.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

La Liga Best Spanish Player (2009) and La Liga Best Midfielder (five times).

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Pep Guardiola

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    18 January 1971

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    11 (Barcelona senior squad)

Next on our list of best Barcelona midfielders of all time is Pep Guardiola. The bald-headed midfielder was one of the key players in Dream Team, which were coached by Johan Cruyff.

"I don’t even think it was 7 o’clock I was relaxing in a disco. Frankly, I was more worried about a brunette than anything else, and therefore I had decided that when the slow songs came on, I would take her for a dance. All of this was going on when I saw a team-mate from La Masia arrive to tell me that a group of Academy players were to travel to Banyoles with the first team. And that I was amongst those selected," Guardiola said.

The gifted player, who had great passing ability, was a role model for Xavi and Iniesta.

The creative midfielder, who is one of the

all-time best midfielders at Barcelona

, served his boyhood club more than any other club. He won the La Liga title on six occasions, Copa del Rey title once, Supercopa de Espana title four times, one European Cup title, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title once, as well as UEFA Super Cup title two times during his spell with the Catalans.

The legend, who is a hero for many young players, scored 12 times in 366 appearances that he made for Barca before departing in 2001.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

Bravo Award and Spain Best Player in Olympics (1992); UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament (one time).

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Micheal Laudrup

  • Nation:

    Denmark

  • Date of Birth:

    15 June 1964

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    5

According to SportMob's list of the best Barcelona midfielders of all time, Michael Laudrup is in fifth place. A creative Danish midfielder was one of the key players in La Blaugrana 'Dream team' which was built by Netherlands coach Johan Cruyff. Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, and Rivaldo were the three foreign players who played in almost every game for Barca.

In 1989 the Danish legend left

Juventus

and wore the blue and burgundy shirt, scoring 55 goals in 216 appearances. Great Dane won one Copa del Rey title, La Liga title on four occasions, two Supercopa de Espana titles, one European Cup title as well as one UEFA Super Cup title during his spell in Barcelone.

In 1994 in the final match of the European Cup, he was not selected due to a clash with Cruyff, Barcelona lost that game by four goals to

AC Milan

. Finally, in 1994 he left Barca and joined Real Madrid.

Barcelona fans and his teammates were upset by his departure. Pep Guardiola was one of those who was deeply saddened by Laudrup's decision and he cried. "People say I wanted to go to Real Madrid, to get revenge. I say revenge from what? I've had a perfect time; five fantastic years here [at Barcelona]. I went to Madrid because they were so hungry to win, and they had four or five players who went to the World Cup. I said this would be perfect; new coach, new players, and hungry to win," said Danish midfielder.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

La Liga Best Foreign Player of the Year (one time)

Johan Neeskens

  • Nation:

    Netherlands

  • Date of Birth:

    15 September 1951

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

Widely known as Johan Segon (Johan the Second), Johan Neeskens is in sixth place in the list of best Barcelona midfielders of all time. Dutch footballer wore the blue and burgundy shirt in 1974 and played alongside Cruyff as well as Michels.

During his time in Barcelona, ​​the team did not achieve much success. The legend won one Copa del Rey title as well as one UEFA Cup Winners Cup title. A tireless midfielder, who is one of the

greatest Barcelona midfielders of all time

, scored 56 goals in 230 appearances that he made for the Catalans John Neeskens left the Spanish club in 1979 and joined New York Cosmos.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

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La Liga Foreign Player of the Year (1976)

Sergio Busquets

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    16 July 1988

  • Seasons as a Barca's player:

    13 (Barcelona senior squad)

According to SportMob's list of the best Barcelona midfielders of all time, Sergio Busquets is in seventh place. Sergio Busquets is a creative footballer with a high ability to read the game, who is not very visible due to his position as a defensive midfielder. But having a player like him is essential to any team.

He also plays a very decisive role in the Barcelona as well as the

Spain

national team. He is a player that various coaches aspire to have. "Positionally, he seems like a veteran with or without the ball. With the ball, he makes what is difficult to look easy: he disposes of the ball with one or two touches. Without the ball, he gives us a lesson: that of being in the right place to intercept and running to recover the ball," said great Johan Cruyff.

The hard-working midfielder, who is one of the best ever Barcelona midfielders, made his debut On 13 September 2008 against

Racing de Santander

.

The current Barcelona footballer has won La Liga title on 8 occasions, 6 Copa del Rey titles, Supercopa de Espana 6 times, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, UEFA Super Cup title on 3 occasions as well as 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles during his spell at Barcelona.

The Spanish football player has scored 15 times and has provided 36 assists for his teammates in 591 appearances that he has made for Barcelona.

His individual achievements as a Barca player:

Bravo Award (2009), La Liga's Breakthrough Player (one time), UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2015), as well as La Liga Team of the Season (2016).

Luis Enrique

  • Nation:

    Spain

  • Date of Birth:

    8 May 1970

Seasons as a Barca's player:

8

On the list of best Barcelona midfielders of all time, Luis Enrique is in eighth place. In 1996 the Spanish former football player left Real Madrid after five-season and joined Barcelona. "It wasn’t [hard to leave] it was easy. I signed a five-year contract with Madrid, and I played for five years. I honored my contract, and I didn’t break it," said Enrique.

Barcelona fans did not agree with the player joining their team, but over time he was able to gain a place among the fans.  He won two La Liga titles, Copa del Rey on two occasions, one Supercopa de Espana title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title as well as one UEFA Super Cup title during 8 seasons with the Catalans.

The Spanish midfielder, who is one of the all-time best Barcelona midfielders, scored 109 times in 300 appearances that he made for Barcelona.

His achievements as a Barca player:

ESM Team of the Year (1997)

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