Barcelona: Following Champions League Win, Is This the Greatest Club of All Time
It's a question that has plagued football fans minds for a long time now. Are Barcelona genuinely the best team of all time?
The rational answer would be no, despite the magnificent Champions League final performance.
Their style and technique is not only innovative but has even been labelled by some pundits as the future of football.
It's hard to argue with their record and especially after another very successful season, they are no doubt one of the best ever team. But whether they are the best ever team is a different matter all together.
It could well be argued that four of the world's top five players are currently at the club, with David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi all plying their trade for the Catalan giants.
In fact Gerard Pique is regarded by many as the best defender in the world despite his tough season and with Spanish legend Carlos Puyol regularly lining up next to him, the club have far more than just a strong attack.
Their patient passing approach to the game is a very refreshing thing to watch, with many teams just trying to go straight for goal all the time.
Instead Barcelona prepare, then prepare some more and before getting anywhere near the box they prepare yet more.
There's no team that really comes close to them and as has been evidenced by their past season they can beat anyone when they're on their best form.
BBC Sport recently listed these 20 as the greatest club sides of all time:
Barcelona - 1990's
Ajax - Early 1970's
Liverpool - Late 1970's
Celtic - 1967
Manchester United - 1968
Arsenal - 2004
AC Milan - 1989/1990
Bayern Munich - 1970's
Real Madrid - 1950's/1960's
Tottenham Hotspur - 1960's
Santos - 1960's
Manchester United - 1999
Liverpool - 1980's
Leeds United - 1960's/1970's
Barcelona - 2000's
Ajax - 1995
Liverpool - 1990
Inter Milan - 1960's
Nottingham Forest - 1978/1980
It's a list of esteemed company that anyone would want to be a part of. Barcelona however can claim more than that. They can claim to be one of the best of those 20 teams listed.
The club's record though is not as good as some on the list.
Perhaps the most noticeable being Real Madrid during the 1950's and 1960's. That team won the first five European Cups, and then their sixth soon after in 1966. They contained the likes of Raymond Kopa, Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo di Stefano.
While football is not all about records, it's still hard to rationally point to any reason that the current Barcelona team is better than that Real Madrid team.
Perhaps in a few years time, if they keep up this level of performance and this amount of success, they could be classed as one of the best ever.
Only time will tell if they can top that list.
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