Barcelona: 15 Most Dangerous Forwards in Barca History
FC Barcelona has had a number of dynamic forwards throughout their history.
The Blaugrana are renowned for developing players with tremendous attacking prowess, but the Catalans have also had their fair share of international talismans.
The bottom line is that Barca has had numerous world-class forwards, making my job of picking 15 difficult and easy at the same time—difficult because it’s hard to choose between the all-time greats, and easy because there has been so many to choose from.
Difficult or not, I managed to put together a list totaling 15 Barcelona forwards.
But before we get to the official 15, here is the honorable mention list.
Mariano Martín (1939-1948)
Estanislao Basora (1946-1958)
Luis Suárez Miramontes (1954-1961)
Eulogio Martínez (1956-1962)
Evaristo de Macedo (1957-1962)
José Antonio Zaldúa (1961-1971)
Gary Lineker (1986-1989)
Julio Salinas (1988-1994)
Javier Saviola (2001-2007)
Now that you have seen the "honorable 10", here are the 15 most dangerous forwards in Barcelona history.
Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez (1939-1955)
Cesar is highly regarded as one of Barca's top goal-scoring strikers.
The Spaniard bagged a total of 235 goals in 351 matches for the Catalans, making him the highest goal-scorer in Barcelona history.
Ladislao Kubala (1950-1961)
Kubala's career at Barca began back in 1950.
In his second season with the club, he tallied a ridiculous goal-scoring record of 39 goals in 28 games.
I'd say that's pretty damn dangerous.
Sandor Kocsis (1958-1965)
One Hungarian superstar deserves another.
Sandor Kocsis is one of the most productive strikers of all-time.
He is one of two players—the other being former German international Gerd Mueller—with a goal-scoring ratio of one-plus per game in international play (75 goals in 68 international caps).
Johan Cruyff (1973-1978)
Johan Cruyff arrived in Spain in 1973. Since then, he has found it very hard to leave.
Like Pep Guardiola, he has played for and managed FC Barcelona (1988-1996).
Cruyff is currently managing the Catalan national team.
Diego Maradona (1982-1984)
Despite suffering from cocaine addiction throughout his playing days, Diego Maradona was the greatest footballer of his generation, and arguably the greatest of all-time.
In 1982, FC Barcelona acquired El Diego for £5m, a world transfer record.
After two seasons in which Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 appearances, Barca sold the Argentine forward to Napoli for £6.9m, another world record transfer fee.
Hristo Stoichkov (1990-1995,1996-1998)
Stoichkov was renown for his blistering pace, dribbling and ambitious strikes on goal.
The former Bulgarian talisman was also an exceptional crosser of the ball, but he was not a bad goal-scorer either, recording 118 goals in 254 matches for Barca.
Romario netted 39 goals in just 66 games for the Catalans between 1993-1995.
The former Brazilian World Cup star is highly regarded as one of the best players of the 20th century—and rightfully so.
In 2002, Romario was named to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
Ronaldo was the ideal striker.
He was a goal poacher, brilliant in the air and had the strength to hold off defenders to launch counter attacks.
Oh, by the way, he won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times.
Patrick Kluivert (1998-2004)
Physically imposing, skillful and dominant in the air were three characteristics personified by Dutch footballer Patrick Kluivert.
Kluivert also possessed an excellent first touch that allowed him to nutmeg defenders quite easily.
Ronaldinho is often referred to as the most technically gifted footballer of his generation.
No objections here.
He is no longer the player he once was, but then again, he was absolutely superb in his prime. Something I refer to as "beast mode".
Samuel Eto'o (2004-2009)
Samuel Eto'o is one the most complete attackers world football has ever seen.
He's got electric pace, a keen eye for goal and outstanding technique, all qualities one desires in a striker.
Thierry Henry (2007-2010)
Thierry Henry was once the most dangerous striker on the planet.
Now, he's playing in the MLS.
I havn't the slightest clue.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2009-2011)
How many complete strikers has Barcelona had over the years?
Surely Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in that category.
Don't take my word for it, witness it here.
Lionel Messi (2004-Present)
Lionel Messi is currently the most dangerous forward on the planet.
He's got the pace, the skill, the dribbling, the technique, the passing, the movement—he's got it all.
Once he calls it quits, he will surely have shattered the 235 goal mark set by Cesar Rodriguez, making him Barcelona's all-time leading goal-scorer.
How's that for danger?
David Villa (2010-Present)
Last, but certainly not least, David Villa—Spain's all-time leading goal-scorer with 50 goals in 80 caps.
Aside from only Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa has the best right foot in the game today.
He can play virtually anywhere in attack, making him a thorn in the side of the opposition.