UEFA Champions League Final: Are Barcelona the Best Club Side of All Time?
OK, let's get it out of the way: 2011's Barcelona side is one of the best of all time.
After Spaniard David Villa put Barcelona on top for good with a beautiful, curling strike to put Barcelona atop 3-1. Barcelona held on and captured European glory for the third time in a six-year span.
And yes, they're that good.
Barcelona showed the world at Wembley how complete they can be. Lionel Messi, Pedro and David Villa—all three of Barca's vaunted three-headed front line—found the back of the net.
Xavi and Andres Iniesta helped Barcelona control the midfield and initiate Barca's tiki-taka offense and, aside from an early 10-minute span, Barcelona comprehensively put aside a Manchester united team that had run rampant through Europe previously and coasted to a Premier League triumph.
Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez gave Barcelona's back line a bit of trouble, but Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique filled in admirably and filled the void for injured Carles Puyol to silence United's attack.
And even if not for some improved finishing prowess, the scoreline could have been much more dominant than Barcelona's 3-1 margin of victory.
Barcelona showed off how complete of a side they are, with world-class players featured at every different position.
Quickly, this Barcelona side is edging its way into the conversation of best of all time.
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