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THE BARÇA And THE PRIZE, JOINED BY THE HISTORY

The age of gold of the FC Barcelona and his big figures in the Balloon of Gold

Published:24/10/2023 - 17:19h

Updated:24/10/2023 - 17:19h

The FC Barcelona and the Balloon of Gold have been closely related from always. Leo Messi, the player with more trophies of the history, is the best footballer of always in the Barça, and like him a lot of others Barcelona have conquered this prize

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Between the years 2003 and 2021, the FC Barcelona lived one of the most glorious stages of his history, with the achievement of multiple leagues and four of the five Champions League that appear in his list of winners. Although the collective talent has been what more has stood out by part of the blaugranas, does not fit place to doubt that the individual level of many of his players also has facilitated the promotion of the club, something that the Balloon of Gold has recognised in this period.

The stage Rijkaard

The start of this notorious presence manifested in 2004, when Deco and Ronaldinho reached the second and third place respectively. However, to the following year, Ronaldinho attained the second Balloon of Gold of his sportive career, the first of many that would attain the players culés in the following years. Beside him, the Cameroonian Eto'or attained the tenth place.

To measure that advanced the years, other names joined to this list. In 2006, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'or continued leaving his mark, and in 2007, a youngster Lionel Messi did his apparition, occupying the third place. This would be the beginning of one was gilded no only for Messi, but also for other players of the club like Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, fundamental in the analyses of the sportive bets of the Barcelona in the coming years.

Guardiola And the 'tiki-taka' take the rudder

After the dismissal of Rijkaard by the bad results in the season 2007-2008, the Barcelona decided to rise to his trainer of the FC Barcelona 'B': Pep Guardiola. Thanks to him, the club elevated the level until limits insospechados, so much collective as individually. This saw , especially, with the first Balloon of Gold of Messi in the year 2009 and the podium dominated by the Argentinian and his mates Xavi and Andrés Iniesta in the year 2010. David Villa also added to the party, when attaining the eighth place

The era of the trio blaugrana extended in 2011 and 2012, where the three players repeated position: Balloon of Gold for Messi, whereas Xavi carried the one of Bronze and Iniesta remained in fourth place.

After the triumphs of the three better products of 'The Farm', as it knows the quarry of the FC Barcelona, arrived the turn of Sudamérica. To Messi began to accompany him to the party Neymar and Luis Suárez, that followed standing out in the top 10 of the Balloon of Gold, although only Neymar arrived in two occasions to the podium, already without Guardiola in the bench.

However, all was comes to an end. The presences in the gala of the Balloon of Gold of players culés prompt began to disappear, by the age of some footballers and the bajón of the level of the club. Although it still was sufficient to be able to win national titles, the international complicated , and are used to to be key for the individual titles. Messi, for example, went even of the podium, in spite of that recognised like one of the best footballers of the moment, by fault of the low level of the club regarding previous years.

The club, however, still has several possible candidates in bet them Balloon of Gold 2023. Between them, the one who more stands out is Robert Lewandowski. Arrived the past year to the club, has turned into one of the greater offensive references of Spain, what has rewarded with a nomination.

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