Top 10 Catalan Footballers of All-Time


Some are young and playing some have became legends, but they are the top 10 Catalan footballers

Cataluña and Barcelona in particular have always been a breeding ground for many famous footballers in the world and so we at SuiteLife have picked the 10 most famous Catalan footballers of all time to narrow it down for you. You’ve probably heard of the well-known names like Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Victor Valdes etc. but how about the legends from the early-middle of twentieth century?

1. Ricardo Zamora (1901 – 1978)

The legendary Goalkeeper was born in 1901 in Barcelona. He is probably the only player who played for both FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Spanish football team and Catalonia national football team. During his career as player he has won 3 Copas del Rey, 5 Catalan football championships, 2 La Liga. As football manager, he helped Atlético Aviación (former of Atlético Madrid) win 2 La Liga championships. For individual titles, he was awarded the best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the honour of best Goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy was named after him.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player ricardo zamora

Trophies as player:

  • 1 Copa del Rey with Espanyol, 2 with Barcelona
  • 2 Catalan Champions with Espanyol, 3 with Barcelona
  • 2 La Liga with Real Madrid
  • 2 Copa de España with Real Madrid
  • 3 Copa Princep de Asturies with Catalan XI

Trophies as manager:

  • 2 La Liga with Atlético Aviación

Individual honours:

  • Fifth in World – Goalkeeper of the century
  • Best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup

2. Antoni Ramallets (1924 – 2013)

Antoni Ramallets Simón was born in Barcelona. He is honoured by FC Barcelona as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Barça and the whole of Spanish football signed up from Europa. During the era of maximum glory for the team, later called as “Cinco Copas”(Five Cups) era, he has achieved many awards with the team. Antoni Ramallets, together with another Barca goal keeper Victor Valdes are currently the two goalkeepers that have obtain the most Zamora trophies (5 each)

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Antoni Ramallets

Trophies as player with Barcelona:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 5 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Copa Eva Duarte
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • Latin Cup

Individual:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies

Manager for Zaragoza

  • Copa del Rey
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

3. Estanislau Basora (1926-2012)

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Estanislau Basora

Born in Colonia Valls, Barcelona, the Catalan winger/striker joined FC Barcelona when he was 20 and spent most of his football career with the club. With great technical abilities, great pace and ability to lose his marker he became a member of Barcelona’s famous forward line at that time (Basora, Kubala, César, Moreno and Manchón).

Trophies:

  • 4 La Liga Championships:
  • 2 Latin Cups
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Eva Duarte Cups
  • 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

4. Carles Rexach (1947)

Born in Barcelona in 1947, Carles Rexach joined Barcelona junior team when he was 12 and also spent his whole career in FC Barcelona. Although Rexach was a great midfielder with one Pichichi Trophy (awarded to top goalscorer in each La Liga season) in 1970–71, the once popular Catalan footballer had his best years on the Barcelona bench as assistant coach to Luis Aragonés and Johan Cruyff before he was appointed manager in 2001. After his playing career, he worked for the team as a scout; Carles is the one who discovered and brought one of the greatest footballers in the world – Lionel Messi- to the club.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Carles Rexach

Trophies as player:

  • 1 UEFA Cup
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • 1 La Liga Championships
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 1 Pichichi Trophy

5. Roberto Martínez (1973)

Roberto Martínez Montoliú was born in the town of Balaguer, Lleida, Catalonia. The defensive midfielder started his football career at Real Zaragoza and shortly changed his career path to England. Here he’s archieved many titles with Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, both as player and on the coaching bench.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Roberto Martinez

Trophies as player:

  • Copa del Rey: 1993–94 with Real Zaragoza
  • Football League 3rd Division with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: 2005–06 with Swansea City

Trophies as a manager:

Swansea City

  • Football League One: 2007–08
  • 3 League One Manager of the Month
  • League One Manager of the Year: 2007–08

Wigan Athletic

  • FA Cup: 2012–13
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: April 2012

6. Josep Guardiola (1971)

The incumbent manager of Bayern Munich is inarguably one of the most successful Catalan footballers, in both his playing and managing career. He was born in Santpedor, Barcelona and joined La Masia (youth academy of Barcelona) at age of 13. He is the player with most titles won as player and manager: 16 as a player and 14 as a manager. He is also the manager with best percentage of titles: 14 titles from the 19 possible between 2008 – 2012. As FC Barcelona manager, he’s brought the Tiki-taka style to its greatest success, allowed the club to win 2008–09 and 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Pep Guardiola

Trophies with Fc Barcelona:

  • 9 La Liga with FC Barcelona (6 as player and 3 as manager)
  • 4 Copa del Rey (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 7 Supercopa de España (4 as player, 3 as manager)
  • 3 UEFA Champions League cup (1 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as player
  • 4 UEFA Super Cup (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup as manager
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal with Spain national team

Trophies with Fc Bayern Munich:

  • Bundesliga: 2013–14
  • DFB-Pokal: 2013–14
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013

Individual title:

  • Catalan of the Year Award: 2009
  • La Liga Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011

7. Xavi Hernández (1980)

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona and join La Masia since the age of 11, Xavi has spent all his football life at FC Barcelona. The current number 6 together with Iniesta, they have made a fantastic duo in the centre. Xavi stands out for his tactical vision, ability to win the ball back and control the game pace. That explains why Xavi is irreplaceable during the club’s successful seasons. Proved via numbers, he holds the records for players with most appearances (822 games)/ most appearances in Liga (474 games)/ most appearances in international competitions (168 games). He is also the player with most titles in Barcelona (22 title, only one less than the national record of Real Madrid’s Paco Gento).

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Xavi HernandezTrophies with Barcelona & Spain national team:

  • 2 Clubs World Cup
  • 3 UEFA Champions League Cups
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 7 La Liga cups
  • 2 Copas del Rey
  • 6 Spanish Super Cups
  • FIFA World Cup
  • 2 UEFA European Football Championship
  • Summer Olympics Silver Medal
  • FIFA World Youth Championship

Individual trophies:

  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or 3rd place: 2010, 2011
  • Ballon d’Or Bronze Award: 2009
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 3rd place: 2009
  • 4 times IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • And many others

8. Víctor Valdés (1982)

Víctor Valdés i Arribas was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona. The current number 1 Goalkeeper of Barcelona joined the team in 1992 and has been one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona’s history. The second goalkeeper in this Catalan football players list currently holds the title of unbeaten for the most consecutive minutes in official competitions: (896 minutes in season 10/11)

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Victor ValdesTrophies with Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2012

Individual trophies:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies
  • La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010–11
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

9. Carles Puyol (1978)

Carles Puyol i Saforcada was born in Lleida, Catalonia. He has served FC Barcelona since 1995 and that is his only football club till he retired in 2014. Interestingly, Puyol started his career as goalkeeper, then striker which explains his ability to score goal in Fc Barcelona. Only when he joined Barcelona his position changed again to defender. Although Puyol is not very tall (178 cm), his physical strength makes him very strong in the air and he is capable of man-marking opposing forwards who are taller than him. Puyol is a great leader and model for the rest of the squad due to his discipline, pride and total identification to the Club.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Carles Puyol

Trophies with FC Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008

Individual trophies:

  • UEFA Club Best Defender: 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
  • BBVA Fair Play award: 2011–12
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

10. Sergio Busquets (1988)

Sergio Busquets Burgos was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. He joined Barça youth system in 2005, then he was promoted to play in the first team. Sergio is a complete midfielder with field intelligence and well positioning. He creates a solid shield in front of Barca’s defense line and brings stability to the team, thus helping Barcelona achieving many successes.  His father Carles Busquets also played (as Goal keeper) for Barcelona and they became the third father-and-son combo that have won Europe’s top club competition playing for the same team.

Catalan footballers-Catalan football player Sergio Busquets

Trophies with Barcelona:

  • 4 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 4 Supercopa de España
  • 2 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cup:
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup

With National team:

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2012

Individual:

  • La Liga’s Breakthrough Player: 2009
  • Bravo Award: 2009
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

That’s our top 10 Catalan football players list. Do you have any other favorite ones? Feel free to share in the comment section below. I would like to hear it! And hey if you still looking for sport bars in Barcelona, check out our list!

Enjoy the 2014 World Cup!

T.Vu

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