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Barcelona have been a very difficult side to use for many in the last few editions of FIFA. Those who adopt a possession-based, quick-moving style online often use the La Liga champions, but given the fact that most players tend to play a more direct style of play, Barcelona have simply been overlooked in online gameplay.
This year, though, that will change.
Enter Neymar, who boasts 5-star skills, scintillating pace and a flair trait, as well as the ability to play effectively anywhere in the Barcelona attack. In FIFA 13, a plethora of players put up with the mediocre aspects of the Santos side just to play with Neymar. Now they can use the Brazilian alongside Xavi (90), Iniesta (90) and Lionel Messi (94).
There's just so many options.
A 4-3-3: Victor Valdes, Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, David Villa.
(I find playing Xavi in Sergio Busquet's role more effective, as Xavi lacks pace but can dictate the pace of a game with his passing.)
Note that the side above has Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Alexis Sanchez on the bench. Just let that sink in.
You have a midfield trio with passing stats all over 90 in Fabregas, Xavi and Iniesta. You have raw pace and ability in Neymar and Messi (arguably the second- and third-best players in the whole game, respectively) and you have the finishing ability with Villa up top.
Something different? You could go with two strikers in Neymar and Messi, flanked by Tello and Sanchez. The possibilities are endless and, frankly, quite scary.
Let me know what you think in the comments below as well as the team you will use. For those of you who are interested, I usually use Liverpool in online gameplay since I am a Liverpool fan, but sometimes I enjoy using Real Madrid.
Thanks for reading.