FC Barcelona are truly one of the greatest clubs in the history of the game. Currently widely regarded as the best team on the planet, Barcelona's history is long and illustrious. They have won 23 La Liga titles, 27 Copa del Reys, five Champions Leagues and four European Cup Winners' Cups. Barcelona players have won more Ballon d'Or awards (10) than any other club and more FIFA World Player of the Year Awards (7).
Clearly then, the club has had some of the finest players in the history of the game. Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Laszlo Kubala and Diego Maradona are just some of the sports greats who have played for the Catalan giants. Barcelona have never been relegated, and only once finished lower that 10th, some indication of the quality of player at the club throughout their history.
This is the third list of this ilk that I have done, having previously covered the worst players in Manchester United and Real Madrid history. Once more, at such a grand club, some of their worst players are still talented individuals. Some were genuinely poor players, whilst others just had a disastrous time in Catalonia. Here are the top 15 worst Barcelona players of all-time:
15 Maxi Lopez
14 Winston Bogarde
13 Patrik Andersson
12 Dmytro Chygrynskiy
11 Alfonso Perez
10 Santiago Ezquerro
9 Oscar Lopez
Barcelona supporters can have something of a knack of defending their own players, perhaps down to their pride in Catalonia or possibly due to the undoubted success of La Masia. However, their have been some academy graduates who made the step-up to the first team and simply looked way out of their depth, and Oscar Lopez was one of them.
8 Gerard Lopez
7 Jeffren Suarez
Luis Suarez is currently having an excellent time at the Camp Nou as an integral part of the most talented and effective attacking trio in the world right now, however his namesake who left Barcelona the year Luis arrived experienced rather less success. The Venezuelan moved to Spain aged 15, and had success with Barcelona B. In the first team though, things never clicked.
6 Philippe Christanval
5 Fabio Rochemback
4 Richard Dutruel
The second goalkeeper to make this list, Richard Dutruel had a rather unremarkable career. Having come through the academy at PSG, he made only 10 appearances for the first team. From their he headed to Celta Vigo, where he played most of his football. Dutruel looked solid at Celta, even winning a solitary cap for the French national team, but at Barcelona, it was a different story. Most supporters dreaded seeing his name on the team sheet; he was no. 2 to a young Pepe Reina in his first year and no. 3 in his second. He left after 15 games in two years, joining Alaves.
3 Samuel Okunowo
One of a select group of Nigerians to play for Barcelona, Samuel Okunowo hardly flew the flag for his country with any great pride during his time in Catalonia. He joined as 19-year-old who had already won his first cap a year earlier, but never looked capable of playing for Barcelona. Three years produced only 14 outings, as he was loaned out twice. His entire career ended as a flop, playing in the likes of Greece and Romania before returning to Nigeria. He won only eight caps for his country, his final cap coming at the age of 22.
2 Roberto Bonano
Barcelona, as this list displays, have had their fare share of poor goalkeepers. The worst of them all though was Roberto Bonano. The Argentine joined Barcelona from River Plate, but unlike most who take that journey, he was not a budding youngster, but rather an experienced pro. Already in his 30s and with 13 caps to his name he headed to Catalonia. Signed as a first choice, Bonano was dreadful. A catalog of errors forced Barca to give a chance to a young Victor Valdes, who went on to solidify his position as Barcelona's first choice goalkeeper for 12 years, so some good came of Bonano at least.
1 Sergio Santamaria
Barcelona have had a long-line of truly exceptional attacking midfielders. Some of the greatest players in the history of the game have played the position for the club. Sergio Santamaria, sadly, was not one of those players. Another product of the fine La Masia academy, even with the most rose-tinted of spectacles, no Barcelona fan could try and claim Santamaria looked 'up to it', so to speak, when playing for the first team.
He emerged alongside the likes of Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, but while the others had great success, Santamaria managed only six games. He looked dreadful, and various loan moves couldn't change that. The midfielder eventually left the club in 2005, for the Segunda Division, before a steady decline which took him to the fourth tier before his retirement at the age of 31.
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