Ranking the five (5) most Skillful players in Barcelona’s history
Barcelona is one of the most well-known football clubs in the world. Over the years, the La Liga giants have had some of the best footballers wear their distinctive red and blue shirts.
In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Barcelona became the embodiment of possession-based football. They played the type of game that practically everyone wanted to emulate under manager Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona has a long list of legends among its ranks.
No other club has had as many talented players from all around the world enter its ranks as the Catalans have. Barcelona has had some of the best players of their generation play for them in La Liga over the years.
The club’s players have won the Ballon d’Or 12 times, the most of any team. To even make it into the club’s ranks in the first two decades of the twenty-first century, a player had to be constructed differently.
On that point, these are the five most talented Barcelona players in history (in no particular order).
Andres Iniesta, Patrick Kluivert, Hristo Stoichkov, Luis Figo, Rivaldo, Romario, Diego Maradona, Gheorghe Hagi are among the honorable mentions (the last two excluded because of their short stints with the club)
5. Neymar Jnr Dos Santos
One of the most interesting players to watch in action is Neymar. The Brazilian forward can play in any position in the last third of the field. He brings the perfect combination of inventiveness and goal-scoring ability to the table.
He began his career at Brazilian club Santos, where he earned a name for himself as a finisher at a young age. He also moved to Barcelona in 2013 after winning the Puskas Award as a 19-year-old in 2011. During his four years with the Blaugrana, he rose to prominence, winning the treble in his second season with the Catalans.
While injuries have limited his playing time, when he is fully fit, he is one of the most dangerous players on the field. His usage of flicks, tricks, and feints allows him to easily get past defenders and create scoring opportunities.
4. Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup is one of the most talented players to ever play for Blaugrana, despite not being a big name. Under Johan Cruyff, the Danish midfielder was a member of the Dream Team, who won La Liga four times in a row.
While he was not a prolific goal scorer, he was at his best when in possession of the ball. He had a wide range of passes under his belt and was excellent with the ball at his feet. He was a true all-around player who could dribble, pass, create chances, pick up assists, and score goals.
He was frequently regarded as one of his generation’s most technically brilliant players. He is credited with popularizing the ‘Croqueta’ skill move in football. He was named the best Danish sports star in 2021, in addition to being the finest Danish footballer of all time.
3. Lionel Messi
Without a question, Lionel Messi is one of the best players of all time. The Argentine forward has scored so many goals (759 in his career) that his other abilities are sometimes overlooked.
With a low center of gravity, the small forward can slalom past opponents with ease. In a one-on-one match, he is frequently the favorite to win.
On several occasions, Messi has been referred to as La Pulga. This is due to his signature accelerating sprints with the ball at his feet, demonstrating excellent ball control at high speeds. With 278 assists, he is one of the best players on the field at connecting with his teammates.
For Paris Saint-Germain, he has recently adapted to a more restrained role. He’s been equally adept as a playmaker, allowing us to catch glimpses of his dribbling prowess.
Ronaldinho is noted for walking onto the field with a big grin on his face. Despite his upbeat disposition, his opponents got a taste of how merciless the Brazilian forward could be on the game.
On the pitch, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner displayed a great deal of flair and skill. He was used to pulling off any trick imaginable on the pitch. He was frequently observed using ‘Elastico’ to deceive his opponents.
It was nearly impossible to mark him because of his fondness for nutmegs, step-overs, feints, and dribbling skills, which he paired with his technical qualities, pace, and ball control. Back–heels, bicycle kicks, and no-look passes were all child’s play for him, but most importantly, he delivered the goods.
It’s an honor to have anything called after you, and in Nigeria, Ronaldinho’s trademark elastico move is known as ‘The Gaucho.’
1. Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff is a one-of-a-kind figure in world football, having established a lasting legacy as a great player and manager. He was a huge effect at Barcelona, despite spending the majority of his career at his boyhood club Ajax. With the Catalan club, he won his third and final Ballon d’Or in 1974.
The Dutch great had a fantastic footballing mind and is largely credited with inventing the widely used false nine position. Though he was the most flashy player on the list, his true talent was in making his style of playing appear effortless.
In 1971, 1973, and 1974, he became the first player to win the Ballon d’Or three times. He also developed the now-famous Cruyff move, which he used against Sweden in the 1974 World Cup.