All Time Best Barcelona XI

GK: Andoni Zubizarreta

AndoniZubizarreta was for a long time Spain’s all time most capped player. A firm player to have between the sticks, Zubizarreta played in more than 450 games for the Catalans. He was also their captain for many years winning numerous honours including four La Liga titles. He was a crucial figure in Barca’s European cup winning side of 1992. He is currently Marseille’s sporting director.

Defenders: Carlos Puyol, Ronald Koeman and DaniAlves

A true legend of the Spanish football, Carlos Puyol won as many as 15 major honours with Barcelona before retiring.He joined the club as a 17 year old looking to make it big at one of the biggest clubs in the world. It turned out quite well for the defender who spent his entire career at Barcelona. He went on to make more than 600 appearances for the Catalans and was the real leader on the pitch. Considered by many as one of the greatest defenders of all time, Ronald Koemanwas at Barcelona for nearly 6 years.In that span he made more than 340 appearances for the Catalans. He was a part of Johan Cruyff’s dream team. Koeman was not only powerful defender but also had a knack for scoring goals as he scored more than hundred goals in his career for Barcelona which is remarkable considering he played in Central defence. DaniAlves redefined the way football world perceived fullbacks. With his foraging runs up and down the pitchhealways a menace for the opposition. His dynamism almost made him look like a winger at times. While he had an acrimonious end to his celebrated Barca career, he did represent the club for more than 400 games and is till date considered as one of the finest full backs to ever grace the game.

Midfielders: Xavi Andres Iniesta Ronaldinho Michael Laudrup Johan Cruyff

Xavi Hernandez represented Barcelona in more than 800 games which is a club record the midfield maestro wasn’t the quickest or the most powerful of the players but he had a football mind which surpassed everyone else’s. He became pep Guardiola’sbrain on the pitch guiding the players and making incisive passes and runs. He was a part of Barcelona’s Golden generation in the late 2000s. Andres Iniestawant a massive 32 trophies with the Catalans. Iniesta can be best understood by pep guardiola’s remark of the midfielder when he saw Iniesta play for the very first time where he claimed that Iniesta would leave everyone else baffled. He made more than 700 appearances after being given his Barcelona debut by Louis Van gaal in 2002. He left the club last year and now plieshis trade in Japan where unusually for him,he is involved in a relegation battle.The former Swansea City boss, Michael Laudrup, is considered as one of the most intelligent footballers of all time. His ability to pick out a pass and decisiveness made him a delight to watch. Laudrup played more than 250 games for the Catalans and was a midfield mastermind in those games. He was touted by Franz Beckenbauer as one of the greatest footballers in the 20th century which in itself is a great compliment coming from the very best himself. No player delighted the football world with his exquisite skills like Ronaldinho did back in the day. While he wasn’t always away from controversies, Ronaldinho did the talking on the pitch. He played some fantastic games for the Catalans over the years but the most notable amongst them was the performance against Real Madrid which brought appreciation even from opposition’s fans. Johan Cryuff’s name is so often mentioned when the beautiful game is talked about. After all, it was the Dutchman who instilled the mentality in the club. A 3 time Ballon D’Or winner, Cryuff had an equally successful playing career with Barcelona spanned across 5 years.

Attackers: Laszlo Kubala and Lionel Messi

Kubala was one of the most powerful strikers the football world has ever had. His physique made him an ideal orthodox center forward. He was often at the end of the goal scoring chances, scoring a massive 280 goals in just about 350 appearances for the Catalans. A four time Ballon D’Or winner and numerous times La Liga and Champions league winner, Lionel Messi has seen it and done it all for Barca. A true legend of the game, Messi has shown remarkable consistency over the years and has been playing at the top of his game for more than a decade now. He makes things happen for the Catalans, and he is often the first player opposition team look at when they plan on how to stop Barca. Still 31, Messi still has atleast 2-3 good years in him and even when he won’t be at the top of his game, he would surely be better than a huge chunk of the players.