I know Barcelona didn’t win last season’s Champions League but that was largely down to the tactical genius of the ‘special one’ rather than Inter actually being on the same planet in terms of footballing expertise. I know that up until last week Real Madrid were ahead of them in La Liga, but that game at the Camp Nou surely clarified which one is the superior side.
Barcelona did win the Champions League in 2006 and 2009. They did win La Liga in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. Let us also not forget that Spain won Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010 with the help of Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Xavi, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Pedro.
The fact that Barcelona are without doubt the best side in the world at this time is rather confirmed by the fact that three of their players have been shortlisted for the 2010 Fifa Ballon d’Or award. The new award is the result of a merger between the Fifa world player of the year and the Ballon d’Or, which was decided by football journalists.
Xavi and Iniesta, the creative force behind Barcelona and Spain, are obvious nominees and they are joined on the list by the man who won both awards in 2009, Lionel Messi. He will be the favourite to pick up the award again this time as his performances continue to amaze and defy common sense by getting better and better. His thirty-four goals last season and fifteen so far this season, just complete the package.
The award will be announced on 10th January and the only thing that may prevent Messi winning is last Summer’s World Cup. Whilst Xavi and Iniesta had wonderful tournaments, helping their team to triumph with Iniesta actually scoring the winning goal, Messi had a disappointing time. He failed to find the net and his Argentina side left the tournament with a whimper at the quarter-final stage.
There is also an award for the coach of the year and unsurprisingly, Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and Spain’s Vicente del Bosque are on the shortlist for that. However, unpalatable as it may well be for many, that award is likely to go to Mourinho who took Inter to the unprecedented treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.
I truly believe that Barcelona may be playing the best football I have ever seen. In that win against Real Madrid they were simply awesome. Real Madrid did not lie down and fall apart. They harried and hassled and gave their all. They are a good side but they were totally out-classed and ripped apart. On that form there is not a team on the planet who could live with Barcelona.
I appreciate that I am probably the only one old enough to remember the 1970 World Cup (before anyone else says it!), but I wonder if I am alone in thinking this Barcelona team are the best ever?
What do you think?
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Best ever? I am not so sure. I think each generation brings its own crop of footballing genius.
Barcelona are the best at the moment but back in the 90s it would be unheard of to see them beat teams like ManU, Milan, Juve, Madrid or Ajax.
Milan/Madrid/Bayern in the 70s, Liverpool/Ajax in the 80s, ManU/Juve in the 90s and now we have Barca. It’s a generational factor.
Even though Im a Liverpool fan I have to admit Barcelona are my far the best team in the world at this moment. In fact for the last 2 years. But then again they do have the best individual players with the likes of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Alves just to name a few. They also have a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola.
the six trophies they won in one season is a very great feat. but i can’t say that they are the BEST EVER. it’s like talking, who’s greater Tyson or Ali, or Jordan or Kobe. or Fangio or Schumi.
as what realdeal said, they are the best of this generation and we’re lucky to be witness to this all.
The Real Deal has it right. They are the best now, but best EVER?
also, I swear one of my coaches has to be old enough to remember 62. . . . . as he’s English.
I have to agree with cularfin regarding this matter, although Barca plays the best and most entertaining brand of football comparing them to the 1970 Brazil is a bit irrational. It is refreshing to see a team do it with passing and skills in today’s physical football, but there’s no way you can convince anyone that Barca is the best ever. As a Barca fan I will tell you that in order for me to consider them “The Best Ever” they have to keep playing at the same level for many years to come, at least 5-7 more years!
my team are the best in the world at the moment but i cant jump the hoop that far as to say they are the best ever,thats strecthing it a bit,but the best ever at playing tiki taka football that i would agree with
Maybe I got a bit carried away, but I do love to watch them play!
According to hell clasico Barça is the best ‘team’ for that game only..best ever..!!? ..Never!
i agree to what the real deal has said. it is truly a generation factors which have been leading the style and the beauty of football. barca has it now and you can expect it to come from anyone in future, even from underdogs teams. i started watching and supporting football only from last three years but barcelona makes me think as though i’m from there. love their game, passion of players to football and the respect to team members and the other teams they are against. Pep is one of the modest manager when he speaks of other teams.… Read more »
Barca play a quintesentially mondern football.they obviously play better than the braZilians of the 70’s.but the best ever?its a tough call