10 Best Foreign Players to Play for Barcelona

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10 Best Foreign Players to Play for Barcelona
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The 10 best foreign players to don Barcelona's famous shirt had a huge impact on the club's fortunes, and make for a list full of quality.

You never really know how many quality players have joined your club unless you take the time to sit down and have a think, or scroll through the history books. Barcelona has had a ton of quality foreign players.

While Barcelona's recent teams, and others throughout their history, have been well-known for creating top-level Spanish talent, there has always been a foreigner or two making waves in the league. Indeed, this current group has players like Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, not to mention the newly signed Neymar.

As you will have guessed, any player born in a different country, even if they played for the Spanish national team, was considered for this list. 

While it may seem a bit harsh, we won't count players before the La Liga era—meaning players like Ferenc Plattko, Emilio Sagi-Barbi (Sagi Linan) and Paulino Alcantara were not considered—though two did win the inaugral La Liga title. That still leaves plenty of talent to consider though.

We'll be looking at a few things to decide who gets on this list. Players had to have spent a good portion of their career at the club—three years or more does the trick—and their impact, achievements and skill compared to opponents and teammates alike are important.

Some players who were considered, like Romario and Ronaldo, don't pass all the necessary criteria. Others, like Johan Neeskens, Frank De Boer and Lilian Thuram, were struck off altogether.

So click through to enjoy this list of the 10 best foreign players to play for Barcelona.

 

Unless otherwise stated, all information about achievements etc. taken from FCBarcelona.com

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