Top 5 strikers who have truly excelled for FC Barcelona
For a club as famous, and as committed to attacking football as Barcelona, it might be surprising to note that the team does not actually have a long list of top strikers.
This is due to the fact that the way the Blaugrana usually play means that the main striker is more often than not supplanted by certain players around them. In fact, it is safe to say that the club has a longer/better tradition of outstanding wingers and playmakers.
This has led to certain situations where top quality strikers like David Villa and Thierry Henry have been deployed as left wingers to accommodate the genius of players like Lionel Messi in the middle.
Some quality strikers in the club’s history have also had to accept to play second fiddle like Patrick Kluivert did while Rivaldo was at the club. Not all strikers have been as accepting of this philosophy though (the name Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes to mind).
Because this article is about actual strikers and not goalscorers, players like Leo Messi, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho and others have been omitted.
Despite all this, the club has had some pretty special strikers who have been brilliant in the famous Blau I Vermeil (Blue and Red) jersey.
On that note, here is a look at 5 of the very best:
#5 Patrick Kluivert (1998-2004)
While Kluivert’s career at Barca was not as trophy-laden as he would have hoped, the Dutchman more than delivered on the promise he showed during his days at Ajax Amsterdam (he scored the winning goal in the UEFA Champions League final in 1995 against Juventus).
For a man as tall as he was; 1.88m, he possessed an immaculate first touch and was fleet-footed which helped him get on the end of passes/crosses from such brilliant players like Rivaldo, Luis Figo, and many others during his time at the Nou Camp.
He had joined the club on transfer deadline day in August 1998 for a fee of £8.75m and during his time with the club, he finished as top scorer for the team in four of the five seasons he spent at the club.
Culés loved him for his brilliant aerial ability, intelligence and ability to dribble past opponents (he was as adept at making the Cruyff turn as any player apart from the maestro: Johan Cruyff himself).
Despite his undoubted talent, he had disciplinary issues and clashed with managers more than once during his time at the club especially fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal.
Kluivert left the club in 2004 with a respectable goal tally of 124 goals in 249 appearances, but with just a solitary La Liga title.