Barcelona: Top 10 No. 10s in the history of the club
What comes in your mind when you see the jersey No. 10 on a football field? Skill, trickery, magic? Do you keep an eye out for the player, hoping to see something truly amazing?
There are few things in the world as iconic as the No. 10 in Football. It signifies the best in the team, the talisman, the artist.
The Nou Camp has been home to some of the best No. 10s in the history of the game. Today, we bring you the top 10 among them, in the history of FC Barcelona. It is very interesting to note that there is a South American wave ruling over this list, with as many as 6 of these men originating from the Continent.
There are 3 Brazilians and 3 Argentines in this list, but who comes out on top? let's find out.
#10 Eusebio Sacristan (Spain)
Also known as Eusebio, the Spanish midfielder started his career at Real Valladolid, where he caught the eye at a very young age. He joined Atletico Madrid in 1987, played for a season before Barcelona came calling. It was at the Camp Nou that Eusebio found his true calling.
The Spaniard went on to became an ever-present member of Johan Cruyff's team and spent 7 glorious seasons with the Catalans. Primarily a defensive midfielder, Eusebio grew in stature during his time at the club and was one an important member of the team that was highly successful between 1988 and 1994.
When his chances became limited in his last 2 seasons, he finally moved to Celta Vigo in 1995.
#9 Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
Often called the greatest Bulgarian player ever, Stoichkov is also one of the greatest footballers of his generation. The 1994 Ballon d'Or winner joined Barcelona in 1990 and had a highly successful 5 seasons at the club.
On the field, Stoichkov was a phenomenal goal scorer. He was fast, strong and had an eye for a pass. He was primarily a striker but could play as the creative midfielder as well. He was also highly successful as the second striker, playing between the lines of the defense and midfield. It was from here that Stoichkov controlled the game and became one of the best in the world.
The Bulgarian did have a temper and was nicknamed The Dagger. However, on his day, Stoichkov was unplayable. He appeared 214 times for the Catalans and scored 107 goals.