If we’d look back at each and every remarkable player who wore the blue and claret t-shirt and piloted it to glory then we’d just never get through with it. From Joan Gamper all the way to Tello, they all showed superb and high quality. But for a moment imagine putting together the top 11 players to ever play for Barcelona and defend its crest, then who would you pick?
This team is set up in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation.
1. Being the significant position it is, footing in goalie is no joke. The goalie is the spinal cord of the team and without him no team would ever steer to victory. Ferenc Platko showed his brilliant ability in defending Catalonia’s goal.
He was also known for his marvelous runs out of the box to help thwart a goal.
2. Ranking in center back, I’d have Puyol.
A lot of critics might think this debatable as he may not be labeled a ‘legend’ yet; but looking back at what he gave the team since day one when he signed up for La Masia –aged 17- I do dub him as a legend, and one of the best.
He gives a hundred and fifty percent on the field as off. He’s what you’d picture for a captain. He never aims for personal best, but for what’s best for the team as a whole.
3. Siding next to Puyol, I’d have Joan Segarra, a.k.a. the Great Captain.
Being the solid marker he was, Segarra was one of the most essential players for Barcelona’s 50’s team. He was, as well, a tremendous person, always screeching his team mates for more and more.
Segarra was naturally a half back but he filled up at center back whenever his team needed him too and it soon became his novel position.
4. In the right wing, I’d definitely opt for Marti Ventolra as he is considered to be one of the best wingers in Catalan history.
Being the explosive player he was, Marti would have one of, if not the, best characteristic of a winger –and that it speed.
5. At left back, I’d have the sacrificing Sigfrid Gracia.
Coming from a Catalan-like background, Gracia was cherished and appreciated by all the club’s fans. He give his all, he also helped his teammates through the match and past it. A vital player indeed.
6. Without a doubt, I’d have to pick out Xavi, the Catalan hero as the midfield anchor.
Part-taking just above the defenders as a defensive midfielder, Xavi has shown his true ability. He knows how to take control and pilot the match to victory. He has great experience and is one of the best assisters in the world. Amazing player – loved by all football fans.
7. Maradona would definitely be at right midfield.
Considered the best player of the 80s, Maradona gave the world something to watch. He was defiantly a tremendous player. Gifted with what may be one of the best football skills out there.
8. Fielding at left midfield, I’d pick Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian magician that showed the world that football isn’t only bout tactics and plans but also about the skills. The new ideas and moves he gave was both a gift for Barcelona and for the world of football. Insolently a player worth watching.
9. Without a doubt, Messi would make the attacking midfield spot.
Being only 24 of age, Messi is Barcelona’s top goal scorer of all time. He also won Ballon D’or a couple of times. He is, without a doubt, the best to ever play the game.
10 & 11. Ending Barcelona’s formation, I’d have both Brazilians as strikers. Ronaldo alongside Romario would definitely be the perfect way to end any team’s attacking formation.
Two names that do, indeed, strike fear into any defensive line.
Written by Mamdouh Dorgham
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