The 10 best centre-backs in the history of FC Barcelona

The 10 best centre-backs in the history of FC Barcelona
The 10 best centre-backs in the history of FC Barcelona

The history of FC Barcelona is written in the boots of some of the best players to have ever set foot on the pitch. Throughout its 125-year history, legends of the sport have worn the Blaugrana shirt, establishing themselves as the ‘number one’ in their respective positions. The center of defense is one that has enjoyed great names over time.many of whom became leaders and captains of the team at one time or another.

The debate about who has been the best in the entire history of Barça has never ceased to exist, with figures such as Paco Gallego ‘erecting’ himself as one of the pillars of Barça between the 60’s and 70’s, Ronald Koeman being responsible for the club’s first Champions League and Carles Puyol leading arguably the best team in historyA few days ago, at FCBN we conducted a survey for our readers to deliberate on who has been the most important of all of them. Below, we review the results:

Carles Puyol (1999-2014)

The last ‘One Man Club’ for the Blaugrana. ‘Puyi’ began his professional career as a member of the ranks of FC Barcelona B, where he managed to play more than 80 matches. In the 1999/00 season he made his official debut in the first team, under the guidance of the then coach, the Dutchman Louis van Gaal. From that moment on, the captain became an ‘untouchable’ for the Barça team, playing 550 matches in which he scored 25 goals, winning 21 titles at the Camp Nou. and becoming the first captain in the club’s history to lift six cups in a single year. (Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup).

Gerard Piqué (2008-2022)

‘Geri’ joined La Masia in 1997 when he was 10 years old, and after a brief spell at Manchester United and Zaragoza, the centre-back returned to Barcelona to form a memorable duo with Puyol. In his debut season, Piqué established himself as a key player in the sextet team, announcing the era of success that was just beginning. The footballer won 30 titles in the 615 games played with the blue and red shirt, in which he celebrated 58 goals and placed his name among the best footballers to have set foot at the Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman (1989-1995)

Without the ‘Sergeant’, we would not know the history of Barça in Europe as we do today. His goal against Sampdoria marked the beginning of a love affair that lasted for yearsin which he played a key role. He arrived in 1989 from PSV Eindhoven, becoming at that time the second most expensive signing in history. Years later, he would become captain of the first team, playing 264 games, scoring 88 goals and earning legendary status by being the scorer of the goal that gave the club its first ‘Orejona’.

Rafa Marquez (2003-2010)

The Mexican is a living example of the Barça feeling. The footballer landed in Barcelona in 2003 from AS Monaco and immediately made a place for himself in the first team, Standing out for his quality and versatility, as he could also play as a midfielderHe was a key player in the team’s central defence until the arrival of Gerard Piqué, playing an important role in the Champions League title won in 2006. Today he coaches Barça Atlètic, where he came close to achieving promotion to the Second Division.

Migueli (1973-1988)

‘Tarzan’ is one of the most legendary players at Barça. He played sixteen consecutive seasons in the Blaugrana first team, being the fundamental pillar of the centre of defence. With 549 matches, he is the seventh player who has played the most official matches in the history of the club.where he stood out for his imposing physique, power, dedication and the personality that made him a leader respected by teammates and rivals throughout the continent. Wearing the Barça shirt, he won 11 trophies and scored 30 goals.

Javier Mascherano (2011-2019)

The ‘Jefecito’ won the affection of Barcelona fans through hard work and effort. The Argentine joined Pep Guardiola’s team in 2011 from Liverpool, and from the very beginning he had to ‘swim’ against the current to earn a place in the club. He went from being a midfielder to a central defender and had the difficult task of accompanying Piqué in the centre of defence after Puyol’s retirement.and he more than fulfilled his promise. He won 19 titles in 333 games and was one of the pillars of the treble achieved in 2015.

Jose Ramon Alexanco (1980-1993)

‘Popeye’ arrived from Athletic Club de Bilbao and was one of the main people responsible, being captain for many many years until 1993, for the club obtaining 17 titles. In his first six seasons as a Barça player, he was an undisputed centre-back, although a meniscus injury ‘reduced’ his participation from the 86/87 season onwards. However, Johan Cruyff continued to give him importance in his squad, where he was a consecrated leader and he retired having accumulated 400 games as a Barça player under his belt.

Paco Gallego (1965-1975)

The Andalusian arrived in Barcelona from Seville and was untouchable for the club from the very beginning. For more than 10 seasons, the defender was an undisputed starter, playing 431 games in which he managed to score 24 goals.He also won five trophies during his time as a Barça player, where he became a benchmark for Barcelona fans due to his professionalism and sacrifice.

Paco Rodri (1958-1966)

Leaving the Masia, ‘Rodri’ was a key player in the team led by Helenio Herrera between 1958 and 1960He won six titles in 237 games played, where he formed one of the most solid defences on the continent alongside Ferran Olivella and Sígfrid Gracia. He also played various roles within the club’s organisation, such as second coach of the first team between 1970 and 1976.

Joan Segarra (1950-1964)

Great captain of the ‘Barça of the Five Cups’, one of the best teams in the history of the clubHe played 16 seasons in the first team, in which he played a total of 528 matches, becoming the ninth player with the most matches in the 125 years of the club. He stood out for his extraordinary class and elegance, being also a wild card that could play in various positions depending on the needs of the team. Wearing the Barça shirt he won 14 titles, alongside Barça legends such as Ramallets, Kubala and César.

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