Here we go again. After compiling lists of the ten best strikers and midfielders in the history of FC Barcelona, I felt compelled, or better yet, I was assigned to create a list of Barca’s finest defenders.
Rating or even ranking the contributions of the individuals on this slideshow is an impossible undertaking; if you ask me, it’s quite insolent as I am not old enough to give a proper assessment.
I rather prefer to create a timeline, therefore if you see player xyz coming in at no. 1 – it’s not a reflection of his status in the history of FC Barcelona defenders. He just happens to be the most recently (or in some cases, still) active defender on this list.
It’s more than likely that I have forgot or missed some great defenders, but judging a striker or midfielder is far more easy than a defender. The fancy, attacking players of a team are always recognized by the big and glamorous award ceremonies, and usually you can look up the stats in the books but how to measure the contribution of a defender when you haven’t seen him in action?
Paolo Maldini, the greatest defender to ever grace the pitch anywhere in the world (yes he is, I don’t even entertain the idea that someone could be mentioned in the same breath), never won the Ballon d’Or.
Of course, there is an exception to every rule. Fabio Cannavaro won both, the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player award in 2006. He won it largely due to his imperious displays in Germany, is he a better defender than Maldini? No way.
Every defender on this list warrants to be mentioned among the finest defenders to have ever worn the shirt of FC Barcelona; whether they are worthy enough to be in the top ten of all-time, that is up for debate.