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Top 10 Barcelona Forwards of All Time

Updated: Apr 9

Top 10 Barcelona Forwards of All Time
Top 10 Barcelona Forwards of All Time

In the iconic colours of FC Barcelona, some of the world's greatest goal-scorers have showcased their talents and left an enduring legacy. From the prolific to the artistic, Barcelona has seen a multitude of strikers, who have adorned the Camp Nou with their goals and performances.

Unravelling the history of Barcelona's storied past, we shine a light on the top 10 forwards whose remarkable prowess has become an integral part of the Spanish club's narrative.

1. Lionel Messi - The Magician

Lionel Messi, often heralded as the greatest footballer of all time, tops the list. Although primarily known as a forward, Messi's versatility, dribbling skills, and incredible goal-scoring record have transcended any specific position. He spent the majority of his career at Barcelona, winning numerous titles [35], including La Liga championships and UEFA Champions League trophies. Messi's mesmerising performances, countless records, and unmatched goal-scoring ability make him an icon at the Camp Nou.

  • Goals: 672

  • Matches: 778

  • Years: 2004-2021

2. Cesar Rodriguez - The Blaugrana Bomber

Cesar Rodriguez remains an iconic figure in Barcelona's history. His goal-scoring exploits during the 1940s and 1950s laid the foundation for the club's success in subsequent years. Rodriguez's ability to find the back of the net with precision and consistency solidifies his place as one of the greatest forwards to have donned the Blaugrana jersey.

  • Goals: 232

  • Matches: 351

  • Years: 1942-1955

3. Luis Suárez - The Uruguayan Marksman

Luis Suárez, the Uruguayan striker, was a vital component of Barcelona's success from 2014 to 2020. His exceptional finishing, tenacity, and understanding of the game allowed him to form a formidable attacking trio alongside Messi and Neymar. Suárez's goals and work rate played a crucial role in the club's triumphs, including the historic treble-winning season in 2014-2015.

  • Goals: 198

  • Matches: 283

  • Years: 2014-2020

4. Laszlo Kubala - The Hungarian Hero

Laszlo Kubala's name resonates through the corridors of Camp Nou as one of the most influential players in Barcelona's history. A versatile forward capable of playing in multiple positions, Kubala's skill, vision, and goal-scoring ability made him a beloved figure among fans and a nightmare for opposing defenders.

  • Goals: 194

  • Matches: 281

  • Years: 1950-1961

5. Josep Samitier - The Maestro of the 1920s

Josep Samitier also known as the 'Grasshopper Man' was a pioneer of Barcelona's attacking style of play. His elegance on the ball and eye for goal made him a standout performer in the early decades of the 20th century. Samitier's contributions to the club both as a player and later as a coach left his mark on Barcelona's footballing ethos.

  • Goals: 184

  • Matches: 360

  • Years: 1919-1932

6. Josep Escola - The Barca Bullet

Another stalwart from Barcelona's illustrious past, Josep Escola played a key role in the team's success during the 1930s and 1940s. His goal-scoring exploits helped Barcelona maintain its status as one of the dominant forces in Spanish football during that era.

  • Goals: 167

  • Matches: 236

  • Years: 1934-1949

7. Paulino Alcantara - The Catalan Cannon

Paulino Alcantara is a name steeped in Barcelona folklore. As one of the club's earliest superstars, Alcantara's goal-scoring prowess captivated audiences and laid the groundwork for future generations of Barcelona forwards.

  • Goals: 143

  • Matches: 395

  • Years: 1912-1916, 1918-1927

8. Samuel Eto'o - The Indomitable Lion

Samuel Eto'o and Rivaldo share the eighth spot on this list, both having made significant contributions during their time at the club. Eto'o, the Cameroonian sensation became a Barcelona legend during his spell from 2004 to 2009, which saw him play a pivotal role in the team's success under Frank Rijkaard, and particularly during the Pep Guardiola era. Eto'o was renowned for his clinical finishing, physicality, and ability to score crucial goals in big games like the El Clasico, the 2006 and 2009 Champions League finals. He played a vital role in Barcelona's historic treble-winning campaign in the 2008-2009 season. Eto'o's contributions make him one of the club's all-time great strikers.

  • Goals: 130

  • Matches: 199

  • Years: 2004-2009

8. Rivaldo - The Brazilian Magician

Rivaldo, the Brazilian maestro, crafted his narrative during his time at Barcelona from 1997 to 2002. His elegance, creativity, and ability to score from almost any position made him a fan favourite. Rivaldo's performances were a blend of artistry and goal-scoring prowess, and he played a key role in Barcelona's resurgence during his tenure.

  • Goals: 130

  • Matches: 235

  • Years: 1997-2002

10. Mariano Martin - The Barca Comet

Rounding off our list is Mariano Martin, whose goal-scoring exploits during the late 1930s and early 1940s cemented his place among Barcelona's greatest forwards. Martin's contributions to the team's success during his tenure are duly celebrated and remembered fondly by the club's supporters.

  • Goals: 128

  • Matches: 214

  • Years: 1939-1948

These Barcelona strikers have left an everlasting impact on the club's rich history. From the magical Lionel Messi to the charismatic Mariano Martin, each player brought their unique style and brilliance to the Camp Nou. As the debate continues over who is the greatest Barcelona striker of all time, one thing is certain: these icons have enriched the world of football with their exceptional talent and enduring contributions.

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