Barcelona: 15 Most Gifted Midfielders in Barca History

Shawn ECorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2011

Barcelona: 15 Most Gifted Midfielders in Barca History

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    FC Barcelona fans, get ready, because today, I have chosen the 15 most gifted midfielders in Barca history.

    Whether it be attacking or holding midfielders, Barcelona has had their fair share of both types of midfield players.

    Here are the 15 most talented midfield maestros in the history of FC Barcelona. Enjoy.

Johan Cruyff

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    Cruyff was one of the best midfield play-makers when he was with FC Barcelona.

    The former Dutch international is currently the manager of the Catalan national team.

Diego Maradona

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    Another list, another "El Diego" sighting. No explanation needed.

Bernd Schuster

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    Schuster's remarkable goal-scoring record of 87 goals in 238 appearances (all competitions) says it all.

Jose Mari Bakero

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    Bakero enjoyed a very successful career as an attacking midfielder for Barcelona, bagging 72 goals in 260 La Liga matches for the Catalan side.

Phillip Cocu

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    Cocu helped command the Barca midfield from 1998-2004.

    Despite being deployed as a holding midfielder, Cocu had exceptional vision.

Pep Guardiola

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    Guardiola, like Cocu, was exceptionally talented for a defensive midfielder.

    Barca standouts Cesc Fabgras, Andres Iniesta and Xavi all claim to have idolized Guardiola.

Michael Laudrup

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    No matter what Nicklas Bendtner says, Laudrup is the greatest Danish footballer of all-time.

    The great Dane is also highly revered as one of the best players in Barcelona history.  

Luis Enrique

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    Well, the picture says it all, doesn't it?

Luis Figo

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    Figo was one of the fiercest competitors to ever play at the Camp Nou.

    The former Portuguese international was primarily renown for his stunning long-range shots.

Rivaldo

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    The 39-year-old Rivaldo joined São Paulo on loan from Mogi Mirim in January 2011.

    The former Brazilian international is so gifted that he tallied 13 goals in 33 league matches for O Mais Querido in 2011. If that doesn't scream talented, I don't what does.

Ronaldinho

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    Ronaldinho's technique is second to none, and he can pretty much do everything on the pitch except defend.

    This list would not be complete without the Brazilian.

Deco

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    One great Brazilian deserves another. Enter Deco.

    The Brazilian-born former Portuguese international was yet another technically sound Barca midfielder.

Xavi

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    Xavi , the pass master, has the best vision of any footballer in Europe.

    When he decides to retire, he will surely be recognized as one of the top midfielders of all time.

Andres Iniesta

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    Xavi may be the pass master, but his partner in crime, Andres Iniesta, is the best "space exploiter" in the game.

    Not only does Iniesta make scintillating runs off the ball, but when the ball's at his feet, it seems that he is incapable to giving it away.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Fabregas hasn't been with Barca for all that long, but he's off to a flying start.

    In nine appearances for the Catalan conquerors, the former Arsenal skipper has bagged five goals and four assists.

    The Gunners just cannot catch a break this season.