Most football fans just know already manufactured talents; forgetting the academies that brought them up. La Masia has gained popularity in the early 2000's producing the best and to cream talents in the world. Lionel Messi, Victor Valdez, Gerrard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta among others.
Winning the UEFA Champions League is the dream of every player who plays in European football. The trophy is considered the best and most precious title under club level and the second highest in football behind World Cup Most of the great players have won the big trophy while others ended their careers without winning any.
How the mighty have fallen, the glory days are on their death beds gradually after each match day and with the departure of their 'Messiah' the team seem to be heading to its self orchestrated ruins. The loss against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid were predicted and from a far even the loss against Benfica wasn't far from many's expectations.
Thomas Tuchel has claimed that Edouard Mendy is unavailable to face Aston Villa but he is hoping to have him back for Manchester City on Saturday. Barcelona are preparing to part with Ronald Koeman, with Goal learning that he will be sacked and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez becomes a top target to replace him.
Ghanaian international, Andre Ayew snubbed Liverpool and Egypt's Mohamed Salah together with Manchester city's Riyad Mahrez when he was asked to pick the current best footballer in the continent. Ayew who plays for Qatari giants, Al Sadd having joined from Swansea city said Liverpool's winger Sadio Mane is with no doubt the best player in Africa.
The most active section in the field of play, the midfield. An area that has and continues produce great sensations that undoubtedly play the essential role in building a perfect best 11. Time and again it has been argued that a team that encompasses a spineless midfield is always in for a loss in any match day, on the other hand even if other areas of the team a weak and the midfield is a litlle bit elevated the team's day to day performance will always depend and derived from its midfield.When you hear names such as Toni Kroos Luka Modric and Carlos Casemiro what does that tell you?
Messi, Xavi and Iniesta during their days in Barcelona ( Photo Courtesy) The Barcelona side of 2008- 2012 is widely regarded as one of the greatest teams in the history of the game. But today, the Catalan side is in steady decline. The August departure of club legend Lionel Messi has only moved things from bad to worst.
Providing assists in football is mostly done by midfielders especially attacking midfielders who are famously known as playmakers. Players from other positions also registered assists but for a midfielder, they end a season at the top of assist rankings. In the current football era players like Andres Iniesta, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Muller, Xavi Hernandez, David Silva, Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas among others are some of the best midfielders who are very good fine passes which leads to goals.
It was a hard time for Barcelona's fraternity yesterday. This includes football fans, legends and the club's current players. This was due to Lionel Messi's last press conference at the club. Messi held his last official press conference as a Barcelona's player at Nou Camp.
Winning trophies has always been the dream of every upcoming young player in football. Failing to win a trophy for a player despite how good they are is considered a failure like the time Messi didn't have an international trophy with his country Argentina. However, he has enjoyed a successful club career winning numerous trophies at Camp Nou before he moved to Ligue 1 at Paris Saint-Germain.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano have won a total of 11 Ballon D'Ors in the past two decades. They have dominated the football world scooping a trophy after trophy. Here are the footballers who could have won the Ballon D'Or if Messi and Ronaldo were not there: Fernando Torres in 2008
Having two or three players in one team who can decide the match, win games and trophies in a team for years is not easy. Most of the teams have good players either one or more who managed to win them trophies but they fail to do it for years.
Well, we have seen young talented footballers who fail to make it as expected by football fans. Some of these footballers include Alexander Pato, Davide Petrucci and Gael Kakuta. However, the story of Bojan Krkic is a sad one. The Spanish international was hyped as one of the best forwards in Europe while he was still a teenager.
With the Ronald Koeman's managerial job at Barcelona being at stake,the club continue to look for potential replacements. A number of names have come up as candidates to replace Koeman. These include former club's legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez, Belgium's national team manager Roberto Martinez, CA River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo and Jurgen Klopp.
Former Barcelona stars Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez are some of the best midfield partners in football. The two football greats played together for both their country Spain and Barcelona winning every possible trophy in football. They were unbreakable playing together and they greatly contributed to Barcelona's success in the late 2000s and early 2010s when Pep Guardiola was in charge.
France Football launched the initiative in 2020 to come up with the best XI of all time in a 3-4-3 formation, the outcome that stired plenty of debate among fans across the globe. Between the sticks as the world's best ever No.1 is the Russian legend Lev Yashin, who made 74 appearances for the Soviet Union between 1954 and 1970.
Former Barcelona man Xavi Hernandez praised Chelsea for their Champions League win and briefly detailed why he expects the blues to be even tougher next season. Speaking to the current Chelsea squad, Xavi said: '' It is good that some teams have no clear star. Chelsea this season for example, who is the star?
Ronald koeman's Barca sacking could happen earlier than we could imagine as per the latest reports. Below are some of the favorites to replace out of favor koeman at camp nou Xavi Hernandez The 41 year old is apparently the best positioned candidate to take over from ronald koeman.
In football world, only few clubs that are in a position of giving out quality players. LA masia is one of them. They sired Lionel Messi who is greatest of all times. Also, Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez who are almost the best midfielders. Bayern Munich gave out Thomas Muller, Tony Kloos, Manuel Neur and David Alaba.
According to sources, Jurgen Klopp is the top candidate on a five-man shortlist to succeed Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. According to El Nacional, Koeman is on the verge of being fired following the club's humbling 3-0 Champions League loss to Benfica on Wednesday night. They also mention Klopp, Ajax coach EriK Ten Hag, Roberto Martinez, and former player Xavi Hernandez as candidates for the Catalan club's managerial position.