Barcelona's 5 greatest players of all time
“Mes que un club” is how FC Barcelona is referred to by their supporters, which literally means “more than a club”. Barca, as they are popularly known as, has always stood for the pride of the Catalonia region of Spain, which continues to have a controversial political existence.
Some of the unfulfilled political and socio-economic ambitions of the Catalans have been fulfilled on the football pitch thanks to Barcelona Football Club. They are also known as Blaugrana because of their blue and red home strip and remain one of the best-supported clubs in the world.
Since their inception in 1899, Barcelona have been one of the premier clubs in Spain as well as worldwide. They have had a bitter rivalry with Real Madrid and the clash between those two Spanish giants is known as “El Clasico”.
Barcelona has managed to win 25 LaLiga titles and 5 European Cups in their glorious history and continue to be one of the top clubs in the world.
Quite naturally, a lot of legendary footballers have played for the club over the decades. Those footballers have enriched Barcelona immensely and contributed to their success.
Therefore, it is very difficult to pick 5 top players from the plethora of greats who have played for Barca. Still, we would like to do the same in this article:
#5 Laszlo Kubala
Kubala was born in Hungary, but also had the citizenship of erstwhile Czechoslovakia and Spain.
He got settled in Barcelona after having retired from football and breathed his last in his adopted home in 2002. However, he has got a mention in this article because of his exploits for Barcelona as a player from 1951 to 1961.
Kubala was a striker who was very prolific for Barcelona and scored 152 goals in 219 matches for them.
He was known for his opportunism inside the penalty box and shooting abilities. He won 4 LaLiga titles with Barca in the 1950s in spite of the fact that they had to contend with the fearsome Real Madrid side featuring the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Claudio Gento, Jose Santamaria and Ferenc Puskas.
Kubala became a symbol of Barca during his playing career and also finished 5th in the 1957 Ballon d’Or standings. As a result, he truly remains one of their finest players.