Here are Barcelona’s last 7 top scorers: Where are they now?
7. Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Naturally, Barcelona’s top scorer last season was Lionel Messi - just as he has been in nine out of the last ten seasons. The most sensationally and borderline laughably talented footballer in my lifetime at least, bizarrely for the most prolific goal scorer of his generation, Messi’s goal scoring isn’t even the most impressive thing about him. A wizard with a ball at his feet, his touch, control, vision and passing are virtually without peer. Messi has scored 552 goals in 638 games for Barcelona, including 73 in his best season - and he is still a one-club man to this point.
6. Luis Suarez - Barcelona
Luis Suarez of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou on August 18, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
The one man who interrupts Lionel Messi’s decade of dominance over Barcelona’s Golden Boot is fellow South American Luis Suarez. Signed from Liverpool following a sensational season with the Reds, it was Suarez’s second season at the Camp Nou that he went above and beyond all expectations. He became the first player in La Liga to outscore both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2008-09, bagging 40 league goals and 59 in all competitions. Like Messi, Suarez is still at Barcelona, where he has scored a total of 152 goals in 198 games.
5. Ronaldinho - Barcelona Ambassador
For at least three or four years, Ronaldinho was one of the most extraordinarily skillful men to ever lace up a pair of boots. With his big teeth, big smile and two feet which routinely defied what was considered possible to do with a ball at their feet, Ronaldinho was just a joy to watch. An exhibition player who made a mockery of some of the best defenders on the planet, it’s a shame Ronaldinho didn’t have the desire to stay at the top for longer, but we should be grateful for what he gave us.
The Brazilian was Barca’s top scorer twice, before moving onto AC Milan in 2008. Ronaldinho is now back in Catalonia, working as an ambassador for his former club.
4. Samuel Eto’o - Qatar SC
Qatar SC's Cameroonian forward and captain Samuel Eto'o gestures during his Qatar Stars League football match against Al-Sailiya SC at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha on August 17,...
An unlikely Barcelona legend who began his career at Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o scored with remarkable consistency during his time at the Camp Nou. A total of 130 goals in 199 games over five seasons was virtually unheard of prior to the Messi-Ronaldo era, and Eto’o was the club’s top scorer on two occasions. So quick and so devastating in front of goal at his peak, Eto’o eventually left Barca in a swap plus cash deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, going on to win a famous treble at Inter Milan. Now aged 37, Eto’o has become something of a journeyman in recent years, although he’s still an exceptional player for his age. He recently joined the likes of Xavi and Wesley Sneijder as the latest big name to head to Qatar, joining Qatar Sports Club of Doha.
3. Patrick Kluivert - Cameroon Assistant Manager
A sensational striker who peaked early and ultimately fell away before his 30th birthday, Patrick Kluivert recently became Clarence Seedorf’s assistant manager with the Cameroon national team. A smart and technical centre-forward who was superb in the air, Kluivert made his name with Ajax before joining Barcelona at the tale end of their Dream Team era. He scored 122 goals in 257 games at the Camp Nou, thrice being Barca’s seasonal top scorer.
2. Rivaldo - Mogi Mirim President
Rivaldo attends Legend Star China Tour on July 24, 2018 in Guangzhou, China.
Second place in this seven goes to one of the game’s great technicians in the form of Rivaldo. A genius on the ball and in the pass, who tended to chip in with at least 25 goals a season as well, Rivaldo was some player. He spent five seasons at Barcelona, scoring fewer than 20 goals only once and 36 in his most impressive goal scoring campaign. Now aged 46, Rivaldo only retired three years ago, and he currently serves as the president of Brazilian third tier outfit Mogi Mirim.
1. Ronaldo - Ambassador
First place in this seven takes us back to the 1996-97 season, the only season Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima spent at Barcelona, and in our eyes, the best season of his career.
The Brazilian was only 20 years old, but he scored 47 goals in 49 games, joining Inter Milan the following summer. Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the finest footballers to have ever lived, but injuries prevented him from rivaling the likes of Pele, Maradona and Messi in genuine GOAT discussions. Now aged 41, the former Ballon d’Or winner currently works as an ambassador, primarily for FIFA such as in his role at the 2018 World Cup.
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