1980's - Bernd Schuster
Just like in 1973, Barcelona again broke the world transfer record for Argentine maestro Diego Maradona. Unlike Cruyff though, Maradona couldn't make a significant impact in what ended being a short two-year spell. The 80's at Barcelona rather belonged to a young German midfielder named Bernd Schuster.
Schuster was just 20 when he catalysed West Germany to 1980 Euro victory. Joining Barcelona in the same year, 'The Blonde Angel' quickly became the team's backbone. With his technique, vision and strong character, he led Barcelona to La Liga glory in 1984-85, their first league title since 1974. Alongside winning three Copa Del Reys, Schuster was responsible for carrying the Catalonian side to their second ever European finals in 1986 against Steaua Bucuresti.
Bernd Schuster pulled the strings at Barcelona for eight fruitful years. In 1988, a dispute with club president Josep Lluís Núñez resulted in a shocking move to Real Madrid. With three Ballon d'Or podium finishes among a host of other accolades, he is undoubtedly the greatest German player in La Liga history.Published 02 Oct 2017, 11:58 IST