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The Spoiler’s Greatest Ever Barcelona XI

Yep, pretty tidy

Greatest Barcelona XI

Last night Barcelona looked like one of the truly great football teams, which got The Spoiler to thinking: how many of them would make it into an all-time Barcelona XI?

After much banging of heads on desks, trying to squeeze the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Figo, Kubala, Luiz Suarez, Xavi, Koeman, Stoichkov, Schuster and numerous other greats into just one team, above is what we came up with.

Messi and Puyol make the grade, whilst Xavi and Iniesta can count themselves unlucky to be competing against two footballers who would make an Greatest Ever World XI in Maradona and Cruyff.

Plus Michael Laudrup, who happens to be The Spoiler’s favourite ever player.

Guardiola got the nod to add a bit of balance to the side.

It is, of course, open to furious debate, should you so wish. Please leave your suggestions in the comments section.

23 responses so far
  • Amuzze // November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    You forgot Ronald Koeman, clearly a much better player than Nadal!!! And he brought Barca their first Champions League win…

  • gaptooth // November 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    to not put ronaldo in there is ridiculous – the football he played there has not been supparsed

    and was miles better than romario on his day

    ronaldinhio was also a class above everyone for 2-3 yrs

    surely xavi has to be there

    maradona and messi on the same team ? whats the point ?

    rubbish team ahahahah

  • Rob Bell // November 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    No Xavi and Ronaldo is criminal

  • JoshBurt // November 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I can see the Ronaldo for Romario argument – it was a very close call. And while Xavi is great, Rob Bell, who would he replace in the above team? It was a tough one to put together….

  • braheyes // November 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm


  • Marzzi // November 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Tough one

    GK Zubizarreta

    DR Puyol
    DL Sergi
    DC Nadal
    DC Koeman

    MC Guardiola
    MC Xavi

    AMR Messi
    AML Cruyff
    AMC Maradona

    FC Eto’o

  • Rav1oli // November 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Great idea-incredibly tough task and I have to commend you for a sterling effort and a well balanced team.

    The Argument for Koeman has to be made. Brilliant defender and arguably offers more to the team (set pieces) and had more impact on Barca’s history-although that’s not the criteria i don’t think.

    I think Pique will actually be a better defender for Barca than Puyol over the course of their respective careers.

    @ Gaptooth, i agree with most of your points with the exception of: Why Messi andDiego in the same team? That’s the point you asked..well, it’s the best Barca 11 ever.

    how you would fit in Ronaldinho i’m not sure, at who’s expense? Same question posed of Xavi and Iniesta. Brian Laudrup was phenomenal.

    My biggest gripe is the omission of Ronaldo. I’m sorry, actually i’m not sorry. Ronaldo’s goalscoring feat in his single season with Barca, as mentioned by someone before has yet to be surpassed. What he accomplished in that season in addition to pre and post Barca means Romario needs to be on the bench and no other Barca centre forward should be in the discussion. The man is head and shoulders above the rest-that includes Stoichkov and Romario

  • V // November 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “Plus Michael Laudrup, who happens to be The Spoiler’s favourite ever player.”

    Love ya, Josh. Best player EVER.

    About the team… Add Koeman for Ferrer, switching Puyol to the right…

    Ronaldo for Romario
    Ronaldinho for Messi (Do you guys remember how he was really like?) and add
    Xavi to the midfield. With this kind of midfield why field 4 defenders, it doesn’t need to be a regular 4-3-3 with this kind of possession.

    3-4-3 would do.

    *1 Ravioli it wasn’t Brian. Michael.

  • Jon // December 1, 2010 at 3:21 am

    not putting in Xavi is ridiculous. he IS Barcelona, the current destructive Barcelona exists because of him. Funny how the rest of the internet is now debating whether he’s the best central midfielder of all time. He is in for Maradona. Maradona whilst a legend didn’t do as much at Barca as Xavi did.

    Also not having Ronaldo in there is criminal. He was there for only one season yet many Barca fans consider him their greatest striker ever. What he did in that season is the greatest display by a footballer ever. Also would take out a defender and put in Ronaldinho.

  • Giblinho // December 1, 2010 at 4:30 am

    It is about the Barca best XI, so I would have to take Maradona off here. Obviously a phenomenal player, but his best work was with Argentina and Napoli, not Barcelona. I’d put Xavi in there as well.

  • bikram // December 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I would prefer Xavi in place of Laundrup

  • lovemoremutombo // December 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    No Ronaldo?!! Criminal

  • benedicto // December 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

    yes I would prefer Xavi in place of Laundrup and I would have to take Maradona off here. Obviously a phenomenal player, but his best work was with Argentina and Napoli, not Barcelona. I’d put Ronaldinho in there as

  • Nutter // December 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Bernd Schuster. Even in a weak Barcelona team – and the year Terry Venables got the boot the team was scandalously bad, Schuster barely put a foot wrong. Efficient, economical, unpredictable, capable of transforming defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately for his reputation he was also grumpy, anti-social and seemed to hate his teammates almost as much as the rest of the world, but I would take Schuster at his peak over Guardiola.

  • Moonchild // December 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    How can Xavi not be in the team. No single player defines Barcelona as he does. Maradona was not so good for Barca. I understand how tough it could be chosing between Ronaldo and Romario and Eto’o also. No Koeman!Tough choices really.

  • Dan // December 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    No, no, no.

    GK Zubizarreta
    RB Ferrer
    CB Puyol
    CB Koeman
    LB Sergi

    DM Guardiola
    CM Xavi
    CM Iniesta

    AML Messi
    AMR Ronaldinho
    CF Ronaldo

    I realise I’m leaving off some great players – Suarez, Cruyff, Maradona, Romario, Stoichkov, Laudrup, Figo, Rivaldo – all Ballon D’Or winners , except for Laudrup. It extremely hard to choose two out of Messi, Ronaldinho and Maradona. I think you have to have both Xavi and Iniesta in there. They’re what makes this team tick. Cruyff and Maradona would both finish ahead of them on a list of best players ever, but Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldinho would be a better combination than Maradona, Cruyff, Messi and Ronaldinho.

  • matheus // December 2, 2010 at 12:07 am

    GK: Zubizarreta
    RB: Puyol
    SW: guardiola
    ST: Koeman
    LB: Sergi

    CM: Laudrup
    CM: Xavi
    CM: Iniesta

    RW: Messi
    CF: Ronaldo/Romario
    LW: Cruiyff

    Ronaldo and romario were too hard to decide :D

  • V // December 2, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Sigh… So many un-lightened souls here.

    shit, go to youtube for that matter and type MICHAEL LAUDRUP.

  • Adam // December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I stumbled on Laudrup a few months ago on youtube, and I have got to say that there is no player I have ever seen play with the finesse, skill and genius of Laudrup. Everyone, look this Laudrup up on youtube. A really cool Danish fan has made a couple of hours worth of videos. I am pretty sure of the players that were listed on that first XI only Maradona, Cruyff, and most likely Messi can compare with him. His passing, vision, first touch, and yes dribbling are second to NONE. Imagine a significantly more skillful Iniesta, but at the speed of Messi.

  • Miguel // December 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I think Ronaldo deserves a place instead of Romario. El Fenomeno did what many would dream of in just one year at Barcelona.
    Koeman instead of Nadal would also be my pick.
    And i think that in a few years, Valdes will be there instead of Zubi.
    Cruyff instead of Ronaldinho works for me. Ronaldinho revitalized Barca, but “el flaco” changed the sport was played. In this time, he was peerless (for way longer than ronaldinho).

  • jamjamus // December 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Ronaldinhooo .. cmon guys .. he was fantastic… he simply did what he wanted on the pitch agianst any opostion !remember the look right pass left. and slide the ball right drag to the left .. or the keepy uppy over the heads of defenders like 10 times !!?

  • Fergie // December 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Just leave out all the defenders all together and have


    –Messi –Ronaldinho Maradona– Cruyff–

  • Cam // January 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Wait no- ones mentionted Rivaldo what about his champions league hat-trick and all the great goals over the years!

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