Barcelona's 10 Most Memorable Goals Since the Turn of the Century
Barcelona has been called home by some of the greatest footballers to have played the beautiful game, from Laszlo Kubala to Lionel Messi.
Those Cules lucky enough to have taken a seat at the Camp Nou have been blessed to see some incredible "golazos" through the years. Some on the end of mazy dribbles, others sent screaming into the top corner from range.
Barca's penchant for entertaining football has only intensified recently.
Here we take you through our 10 most memorable goals since 2000, chosen based on a combination of skill and significance, each more memorable than the last.
10. Ronaldinho vs. Chelsea (2005)
This is exactly why football misses Ronaldinho's genius so dearly.
On the edge of the area, crowded for space, the Brazilian maestro does something nobody expects. He simply shoots, but today we are still left wondering how he got that shot away.
A John Terry header later in the game prevented Barca from reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, but, at the time, this goal would have sent the Catalans through 4-4 on aggregate courtesy of away goals.
Ronaldinho showed outrageous inventiveness when his team needed it the most and would continue do to so for years to come.
9. Marc Overmars vs. Liverpool (2001)
If you are ever given a mere minute to explain what Barcelona is about do not bother, just show this video.
Before Pep Guardiola popularised modern possession-based tactics, Marc Overmars got on the end of this exhibition in teamwork back in 2001
Charly Rexach’s Barca had travelled to Anfield and brushed the Reds aside with this particular goal capping off a convincing 1-3 victory.
8. Xavi Hernandez vs. Real Madrid (2010)
Barcelona’s 5-0 drubbing of Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in 2010 is arguably their most dominant performance in El Clasico to date.
Both clubs entered the match at the height of their powers and many anticipated a tightly fought contest, but Pep Guardiola’s men simply blew Los Blancos away.
I had the luck of attending this one and when Barcelona’s favourite son Xavi scored on 10 minutes the roof lifted off.
Did he mean to do exactly what he did?
Only the maestro himself will ever know.
7. Ronaldinho vs. Real Madrid (2005)
In arguably his greatest performance in a Barca jersey, Ronaldinho struck twice past Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu as he led the Catalans to a famous 0-3 away victory.
His second goal, also breathtaking, prompted an incredible ovation from Madrid fans, who could not help but applaud his performance.
Ronaldinho's first, however, was the masterpiece of the night.
Sergio Ramos and Ivan Helguera may as well have been bar stools as the Brazilian glided past them en route to this goal.
6. Samuel Eto'o vs. Manchester United (2009)
It is the 2009 Champions League Final and with just 10 minutes gone, Manchester United have Barcelona under the pump
Cristiano Ronaldo is everywhere and it looks like the Red Devils are worthy favourites, until up steps Samuel Eto’o.
Come the big game, come the big game performer.
The Cameroonian turns Nemanja Vidic inside out, before poking the ball past Edwin van der Sar at his near post, setting the Catalans on their way to claiming a historic treble.
5. Lionel Messi vs. Getafe (2007)
A list of Barcelona’s greatest goals would not be complete without the name of one Lionel Messi.
The mercurial Argentine has scored some incredible goals in the Blaugrana, but this one in the cup against Getafe back in 2007 may just be his greatest masterpiece yet.
In a season where Messi came of age, establishing himself as a regular starter under Frank Rijkaard, he showed his “new Maradona” tag was not all hype.
This particular goal drew comparisons to Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” (watch it here).
You can see why.
4. Rivaldo vs. Valencia (2001)
Most Barca fans would happily forget the 2000/01 season, but it could have been much worse if not for Rivaldo.
In the last game of the season, Barcelona played Valencia with fourth spot up for grabs.
Twice the Brazilian put his team ahead, only for Ruben Baraja to equalise both times for Los Che.
With just a minute remaining, Rivaldo controlled Frank De Boer’s lofted pass with his chest and executed this incredible overhead to complete his hat-trick.
Not only did the goal win the game, but it importantly secured Barcelona an invaluable place in the Champions League.
3. Lionel Messi vs. Real Madrid (2011)
Messi's goal against Getafe may be his most spectacular, but his second in the first leg of the 2011 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid conjures up even sweeter memories.
It was the third El Clasico between the two Spanish giants in just a fortnight and the tension could have been cut with a knife.
Cynical play had kept Barcelona attacks at bay, but when Los Blancos were finally reduced to 10 men, the world's best player pounced.
First, he poked home Ibrahim Afellay's cross to give Barca the lead, then he produced this.
It is a goal of a player at the peak of his powers.
2. Julian Belletti vs. Arsenal (2006)
Barcelona had not won the Champions League, formerly the European Cup, in 14 years.
Despite going down to 10 men early, when Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was dismissed for bringing down Samuel Eto'o, the Gunners took the lead from a Sol Campbell header.
It looked as if Barca were destined to lose another European Cup Final. The pressure mounted, the shots rained in, but the score remained the same.
Then Eto'o finally broke through for the Catalans before an unlikely Juliano Belletti turned hero.
Arsenal hearts were broken. Cue rapture for Barcelona supporters.
1. Andres Iniesta vs. Chelsea (2009)
Four years on and this goal still sends shivers down the spine.
To set the scene, Guus Hiddink's Chelsea had successfully used what many termed "anti-football" to take a 0-0 scoreline to Stamford Bridge with an eye on consecutive Champions League Final berths.
A Michael Essien screamer put Chelsea ahead early and the Blues increasingly threatened as Pep Guardiola's men looked for the goal that would send them through to the final on away goals.
Barca, however, had not put a single shot on target. Not until deep into stoppage time. Not until Andres Iniesta, the man who never shoots, decided to do exactly that.
Sit back and enjoy Barcelona's most memorable goal this century.
Naturally, the goals were selected subjectively and it is likely you will have your own to share. Leave a comment, and even better a video, and let us know your most memorable Barcelona goals.