As a team, Barcelona has produced some of the world’s greatest players. Some of them have retired while others are still in the game.
Though the list is endless, in this article, we are going to look at some of Barcelona Superstars.
Top Superstars of Barcelona
1. Carles Puyol.
Puyol, born Pobla de Segur, Lleida in 1978 is one of the greatest superstars to have ever played in Barcelona. His character was defined by his determination, heart and the love for his club. These characteristics are what made him a pivotal figure in the club’s defense history.
His fans and teammates used to refer his as Puyi before he retired at the end of the 2013/2014 season. Though he has retired, his legacy at the club remains substantial.
Carlos Puyol played his entire professional career at Barcelona, but he began his journey at a local club named La Pobla de Segur.
He joined the FC Barcelona Youth team at a tender age of 17 and was immediately moved to La Masia. Here, he became a regular at the clubs back until he made his debut on the first team in 2nd October 1999.He started his career as a right-back but his determination and versatility, so he move to the centre-half.
He won his first major trophy with the Balugranes in 2005 as the club captain and a key member of the team that won the league that season. Apart from individual accolade and trophies, Puyol’s career will be remembered because of his iconic gestures too. He will be remembered for kissing his captains armband after the historic 6-2 win at Santiago Bernabeu and for allowing Eric Abidal to lift the Champions’ league trophy in 2011 at the Wembley Stadium.
2. Ronaldo de Assís Moreira AKA Ronaldinho.
Ronaldinho Gaucho is a Brazilian striker who every football fan knows. Born in Porto Alegre in Brazil, he played five seasons for Barcelona and became the club’s greatest players ever by making a significant contribution that made the club win to league titles on top of a Champions League.
Gaucho started playing for Barcelona in the 2003 summer with Frank Rijkaard as the manager. Immediately after making his debut at the club, ดูบอลสด Ronaldinho was given the number 10 jersey that he wore for the rest of his career at the club.
He thrilled his fans with imaginative play which resulted in moves that only a few players could ever dream of pulling off.
During his stay at the club, he managed to score 94 goals in major games and emerged to make an assist record no other player has broken ever since.
With Ronaldinho leading the team on the pitch, Barca managed to scale its greatest heights in the club’s history, including a back to back league title and the memorable Champions League title in France 17 may ผลบอลเมื่อคืน December 2006. He even received a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabéu after scoring two significant goals over Real Madrid on t9th November 2005.
At Barcelona, he also won the coveted Golden ball in 2005 and two consecutive FIFA player of the year awards in 2005 and 2004.
3. Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o made his name at Barca as the indomitable lion, a forward who never gives up no matter the odds. He was the team’s target man for all the five seasons he played at the club. In fact, he was the target man in both the 2006 Champions League finals in France and Rome in 2006 and 2007 consecutively.
Nearly all the titles the club won during his time there were due to his contribution because of the crucial goals he managed to score. Eto’o signed for the club in August 2004 after a long singing battle with Real Madrid. It was not before long before he became a nightmare to opposing goalkeepers. He established his name as a man who never gave up and who the art of goal scoring run deep in his blood. He managed to score a record of 152 goals in his 232 game appearances thanks to assists from Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and Ronaldinho.
The number of superstars that Barcelona has produced is uncountable. But these three managed to leave a mark not only on the club’s history but also to opponents because of the fear they inspired in opposing goal keepers and strikers.
Current Barcelona superstars include Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. These three are unstoppable. So far, they have managed to score over 100 goals in this season.