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Best players in FC Barcelona history

Updated on October 3, 2010

The best players FC Barcelona players of all time

FC Barcelona has made numerous achievements in many different national and international competitions throughout its history but there are a few players that really stand out, not just in football statistics but in the memories of the club’s fans.

Some amazing players have graced Barça’s dressing room. A few players that will always be remembered are Ladislao Kubala 1950/60, Johan Cruyff 1973/78, Romario 1993/95, Stoichkov 1990/5 and 1996/98, Ronaldinho 2003/08 and the surprising Lionel Messi who has dazzled fans ever since his first official appearance in 2004.

Let’s run through the history of those players who particularly stand out and are especially remembered by fans.

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FC Barcelona’s “pichichis”

FC Barcelona has won the “Pichichi” trophy awarded by the Spanish football newspaper “Marca”, given to the top scorer of the Spanish football league, 11 times. The first player to receive the trophy was Mariano Martín (1942/43) who scored 32 goals, and the most recent, Lionel Messi, who scored 34 goals in the 2009/10 season.

The following is a complete list of FC Barcelona players who have received this award:

· Mariano Martín: 32 (1942/43)

· César Rodríguez: 28 (1948/49)

· Cayetano Ré: 25 (1964/65)

· Carles Rexach: 17 (1970/71)

· Austria Krankl: 29 (1978/79)

· Quini (2 consecutive seasons): 20 (1980/81) and 26 (1981/82)

· Romário: 30 (1993/94)

· Ronaldo: 34 (1996/97)

· Samuel Eto'o: 26 (2005/06)

· Lionel Messi: 34 (2009/10)

Top 10 Messi goals 2009 / 2010

Zamora Trophy

Apart from the Pichichi for the top scorer, Marca also awards the Zamora Trophy for the goalkeeper with the lowest “goal-to-games” ratio of the season. A total of 17 goalkeepers from FC Barcelona have received the Zamora prize and Ramallets is the only goalkeeper in history who has won the award on 5 occasions. Below is a complete list of FC Barcelona goalkeepers that have won this trophy:

·       Velasco: 1947/48

·       Ramallets: 1951/52

·       Ramallets: 1955/56

·       Ramallets: 1956/57

·       Ramallets: 1958/59

·       Ramallets: 1959/60

·       José Pesudo: 1965/66

·       Salvador Sadurní: 1968/69

·       Miguel Reina: 1972/73

·       Salvador Sadurní: 1973/74

·       Salvador Sadurní: 1974/75

·       Artola: 1977/78

·       Urruti: 1983/84

·       Zubizarreta: 1986/87

·       Víctor Valdés: 2004/05

·       Víctor Valdés: 2008/09

·       Víctor Valdés: 2009/10

Some great Valdes saves

The Golden Ball

This prize, awarded by France Football Magazine for the best player of the year, has been won by 6 FC Barcelona’s players. Luis Suarez was the first one to receive the award in 1960.

Johan Cruyff won the prize in 1973 and 1974. After this double Golden Ball for a Barça player, the award was won again 20 years later by Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. Only five years later, in 1999, it was awarded to the Brazilian Rivaldo, who was followed by Ronaldinho in 2006. Finally, in 2009, Barça’s current star player won the award. Obviously, we were referring to Lionel Messi.

FIFA World Player of the Year

This prize, awarded by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association since 1991, has been won by Barça players on 6 occasions. The most interesting thing about the players who have received the award is that, with the exception of the last winner, all of them were born in Brazil. One of these players has won the award twice.

The first Barça player to win the award was Romario (1994), followed by Rivaldo (1999), Ronaldinho (2004 and 2005) and the Argentine Lionel Messi (2009).

European Golden Boot

The European Golden Boot or now referred to as the European Golden Shoe, that is annually awarded to the top scorer across all European leagues, has been won by two FC Barcelona’s players so far: Ronaldo in 1997 and Lionel Messi in 2010.

Scorers of team thousand milestone goals (1000-5000)

Marcos Aurelio scored the club’s 1000th goal on October 22, 1950; Pedro Zaballa Barquino, number 2000 on January 12, 1964; Quini, number 3000 on January 24, 1982; Guillermo Amor number 4000 on March 9, 1996 and Lionel Messi scored number 5000 on February 1, 2009.

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      ayoade water live 2 years ago

      barcelona is water;why lionel meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessii baba tiagooooo is for live in ft ball.wen u tk reasonable u wl nt cmpare cronaldo wt king of ft ball lionel messi evn u cmpare neymar suarez iniesta xavi wt king of wooorld beeeeeeeeest lioooonel meeeessi is more more moooore greateeeer dn un uselesssss cronaldo . upppp barcelon for live we are d club team of football by january lionel messi wl be d international world best for ever up barca fans pls dt let us to be using some idiot player to cmpare our golden player lionel messi for real

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      Austin 2 years ago

      messi is the best weather you like it it not. messi is the best player in the world.

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      Gabriel 2 years ago

      Dis world will neva hav a player like Lionel Messi again. He's just too incredible and very unpredictable. He is really unstoppable. I am nt condenming Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is better bt Messi is the best

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      ezeano Emmanuel 2 years ago

      Messi is the best player in history of Barcelona.and Messi is best player in the world.

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      ai 2 years ago

      messi is d bessssssssst ftballer in d wrld

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      sule 2 years ago

      Mess is the god father

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      Gabrielle 2 years ago

      Messi the god of football

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      weng dung 2 years ago

      why always messi messi messi...................... thou he is the best ever.

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      SOS BOY OLUSEGUN oWOBLOW 2 years ago

      OLUWAMESSI BABA THIAGO………………best ever among all our jugadors………………i am proud to be FCBARCELONA seguidor.

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      SOS BOY OLUSEGUN oWOBLOW 2 years ago

      OLUWAMESSI BABA THIAGO………………best ever among all our jugadors………………i am proud to be FCBARCELONA seguidor.

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      Alloysius belleh .@ooook 3 years ago

      L.messi is the best player in the world now.

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      khalid Farooq 3 years ago

      ROMARIO IS THE BEST PLAYER ALL OVER THE WORLD .I am the biggest fan of romario .he is a very cool mind player.i miss ROMARIO all the time

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      ziyan shajkh 3 years ago

      Messi is the best

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      Jeya Peashath 4 years ago

      Messi is best for ever

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      benm80435 4 years ago

      i accualy cant decide between messi ronaldo maradona etoo and ronaldinho but i chose messi because he is the best player and the world and i love him

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      R10 da best 4 years ago

      Rooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllddddddddiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnhhhhhhhooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is the best that ever lived in world,for PSG, for Barcelona, for gremeio, for ac Milan , for flamengo, and now for atletico miniero. Ronaldinho Gaucho all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank u very much and who ever disagrees does not know aaaaannnnnyyyttthhhhiiiinnngggg about soccer, ok so learn. R10= God and legend.

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      Dutchmaster10 4 years ago from England

      Diego Armando Maradona. People seem to for get that when Maradona was playing opponents were allowed to tackle from behind. Maradona had his leg broken by Goikoetxea in a game against Athletic Bilbao the boots that Goikoetxea was wearing during that game are now in a glass case! He took a lot of punishment from opposition players as that was the only way they could stop him. Now with new rules on tackles and contact players such a Lionel Messi are overly protected from that kind of brutality. Messi will never be as good as El Diego.

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      Johnho57 5 years ago

      I beleive messi has surpassed maradona to be 2nd best ever in the world behind PELE who would take some beating.

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      prince henry 5 years ago


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      cheb midou cheb midou 5 years ago

      barca es mejor equipo en el mundo

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      cheb midou cheb midou 5 years ago

      barca barca is the best team in the world and messi is the the best player in the world

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      cheb midou cheb midou 5 years ago

      barcelone forme like my second mother and messi like my brother

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      cheb midou cheb midou 5 years ago

      i like barcelone and your plyers

      i like messi.xavi........

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      cheb midou cheb midou 5 years ago

      it's fanrastic for me because barcelone like a second mother in

      my life

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      NWABARCA4ME&U 5 years ago

      In right sense dias no comparison btw fada messi & cr7 in terms of history so messi iz d best

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      Ijaya warp dare 5 years ago

      Messi u are papa of all no messi no football carry go u are d best inside d best u are 2 much i love.

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      luis 5 years ago

      lionel messi, best player ever to play this loving sport

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      Bolaji olufemi 5 years ago

      Is now clear that messi is the best barca player so far ,after a lot of record break by him in 2011/2012 season.

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      Naseerullah 5 years ago

      Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeessi Meeeeeeeeeeeesssssi is the best player in history of football I thing there is no that person which beat him and also Ronaldinoh is the best player

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      miqkky 5 years ago

      i love ronaldinho

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      Emperor ceaser 5 years ago

      Xavi and iniesta are the people who are to receive the glory for messi's success.they are the ones who lead the dangerous pattern barca is playing u can see that whenever messi is playing at home(argentina) he never plays well compared to wat he plays in barca but xavi and iniesta plays well both in barca and spain infact carrying the world cup for their nation but ronaldo depend on no one for his success and plays well both in his club and nation.I can say dat the day messi leaves barca he will never carry the best player again and all his ability will come to an end.....

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      shwetank james 5 years ago

      ronaldinho is the best player

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      Farai chawe 5 years ago

      Messi z the soccer king as well Ronaldinho z a star

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      Balinga 5 years ago


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      saurabh 5 years ago

      messi is the best!!messi roxx

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      Tanvir 5 years ago

      I think messi is great forever barcelona and the football history nobody beat him this is my challenge.

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      r9 5 years ago


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      JAMALDO 5 years ago

      Ronaldo has to be the greatest ever he was only 19 years old and didn't have xavi and iniesta behind him and it has taken messi till just now to beat his league goal scoring record. 47 goals in a season back then was unheard of.

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      alyaan 5 years ago

      ofcourse leo messi is the best nobody is in match against messi

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      ronakbhatia 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Lionel Messi without a doubt.

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      Shainalona 5 years ago

      Lionel messi is more than a footballer again

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      paul 5 years ago

      For me the best Barcelona player of all time is PAULINO ALCANTARA...357 goals in 357 games...

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      Emmanuel 5 years ago

      if there is god of soccer,I thing it should be messiless messi the great.

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      safsaf 5 years ago

      without doubt best barcelona player of all time is ronalidnho

      he changed barca history

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      Maitozo 5 years ago

      Messi great achiever

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      Abdulrashid tambawal 5 years ago

      Small must be danger up leo

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      El Extraterrestre 5 years ago

      Here is too the kid, boywonder, the keepersnightmare, the PHENOMENON, the miracleman or just "ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONALDO" Ronaldo ladies&gentlemen "RO RO RO NALDOOO"

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      mubarik abdilahi 5 years ago

      the football player in barcelona is Yaya Toure

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      Nabbu at pithoragarh 5 years ago

      Messi is so far fm cr7

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      Pedro 5 years ago

      Messi is the best ever bcoz non of them win world player 3 tyms

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      john(philippines) 5 years ago

      why paulino alcantara is not on the list??

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      Sure Guy.D best barcelona player so far is Messi 5 years ago

      Barcelona is now unstoppable amoung d european team.

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      Lebechi Joy 5 years ago

      Lionel messi is the real guy

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      Dagi 5 years ago

      These votes were cast by a majority of anti- messi, non-barca fans. How on earth could someone rate ronaldo de lima ahead of messi as far as barca (and even football in general) is concerned. If d basis is not achievement, 4give me.

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      kauro8 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Difficult to choose from as many of the mare the best during their time. But if I am to choose, I will choose Lionel Messi. The current Barca squad are outstanding.

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      dan cedrick 5 years ago

      yes beacouse Paulino alcantara is the best the phillipine legend

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      ibalong 5 years ago

      Paulino alcantara is a greatest player off all time for fc Barcelona...!!!

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      Chibuzo 5 years ago

      I think ronaldo is the best ronaldo is a great player

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      Sadi s imam pambeguwa 6 years ago

      I knwn messi is the best than cr7

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      samtenabray 6 years ago from uk

      I am surprised Romario hasn't got a single vote one of the best finishers the game has ever seen.

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      Daniel 6 years ago

      Messi and Ronaldinho are cons, the best players in our team history . Cose Messi is still there for our team .

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      Ernest 6 years ago

      Messi is d best as far as the round leather game is concerned.

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      rich_hayles 6 years ago

      After the Real Madrid Super cup games it's hard to contest how significant Messi is in the history of Barcelona. A true great and a pleasure to watch.

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      Ronmac23 6 years ago

      All time Scorer in FC Barcelona History?..

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      hellobarcelona 6 years ago from Barcelona

      Surprised to see so few votes for Messi?

      Keep the votes coming guys and gals! :)

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      Adriancho 7 years ago

      Ronaldo es un jugador fantástico, pero... sólo ha jugado una temporada en el Barcelona, me parece que hubo varios futbolistas que hicieron más que él en el Club por una cuestión de tiempo. Lionel Messi, sin ludar a dudas, va a ser el jugador MÁS IMPORTANTE en la historia del Barcelona.

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      saifhayel 7 years ago

      Lionel Messi is not only the best player in Barcelona history, but also in the history of football.

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      ronie 7 years ago


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      ronaldo sh  7 years ago

      i vite for ronaldo .. what he did in one history equals what messi did in 4 years ..

      messi is great but ronaldo is the best

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      mmdohmlh 7 years ago

      the fenomenon R9naldo is the best sticker and goaler in the whole history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      haido 7 years ago


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      ayamn 7 years ago

      ronaldo the best