Barcelona's best ever XI ... The second forward 💥


Lewis Ambrose

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With the football on hold at the moment, we’ve been thinking about who gets in Barcelona’s all-time XI.

And we only have one position left

Here are the nominees …

3rd – Hristo Stoichkov

Perhaps a slightly forgotten man, thanks to the other star names he shared the pitch with, Stoichkov was a genius.

Capable of playing on either wing or up front, the Bulgarian was a skilled dribbler and lightning quick, truly possessing the ability to light up a match. A true offensive all-rounder, he scored over 20 goals in his first four seasons at Barcelona and 17 in his fifth. He later returned for a second spell but, with Cruyff gone and Stoichkov then in his 30s, things didn’t go so well.

One of just three Barcelona players to win all of the European Cup (1992), the LaLiga golden boot (1990) and the Ballon d’Or (1995), Stoichkov will forever be remembered as a club legend.

2nd – Rivaldo

A great player in a poor Barcelona side, Rivaldo won ‘just’ two LaLiga titles and one Copa del Rey in his five years at Camp Nou. And when we say he won them, we really mean HE won them.

Signed to play under Louis van Gaal after the club had gone three seasons without a league title, Rivaldo took his game to a new level. Drifting inside from the left flank, the Brazilian’s brilliant dribbling, thunderous shooting ability and verve for the unpredictable made him impossible to stop.

Rivaldo was Barcelona’s top scorer in each of the two seasons he played on the wing, before ultimately moving centrally.

When he left the club in 2002, he had 130 goals to his name from 235 appearances and he had helped restored Barcelona as one of European football’s true powers.

And the winner is … Ronaldinho

From one Brazilian to another, Ronaldinho simply had to make our best Barcelona XI.

He didn’t always look like he cared. He didn’t always work that hard. He wasn’t the most professional player. But at his peak, he was the best on the planet. In terms of entertainment, in terms of excitement, in terms of end product.

How many Barcelona players leave the Bernabéu to a standing ovation?

His 94 goals for the club, his Champions League win in 2006, his two LaLiga titles only tell part of the story. Ronaldinho was a genius and we love him.

Here it is! Your greatest Barcelona XI ever.

GK: Andoni Zubizarreta
RB: Dani Alves
CB: Carles Puyol
CB: Ronald Koeman
LB: Sigfrid Gràcia
DM: Sergio Busquets
CM: Xavi
CM: Johan Cruyff
RW: László Kubala
CF: Lionel Messi
LW: Ronaldinho