Greatest Barcelona XI from the last decade

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With the decade coming to an end, here is a look back at the most important XI that defined FC Barcelona in the 10 years.

Barcelona in the last ten years have enjoyed some of the most successful seasons in the club’s 120-year-old history. Especially under club legend Pep Guardiola, who led the squad for four successful seasons with the Blaugrana philosophy.  The club has been blessed with some incredible talent over the years, with a large portion of those players coming from the club’s famed youth academy, La Masia, proving to the world that greatness can be homegrown instead of being purchased.

In honor of Futbol Club Barcelona turning 120 years and the decade coming to a close, mentioned below are the greatest players that have defined the Blaugrana colors between 2010 and 2019.

Honorable Mentions:

Pedro Rodríguez (Left-wing, 2008-2015)

Pedro came through the ranks of Barca’s youth academy, La Masia, before making his first-team debut under Pep Guardiola. The Spanish attacker made 321 appearances for the club, scoring 99 goals along with 62 assists in the process. Pedro has won 5 La Liga titles, 6 Spanish Super Cups, 3 UEFA Champions League, 5 UEFA Super Cups, 2 FIFA Club World Cups and 3 Copa del Reys with Barca.

Marc-André ter Stegen (Goalkeeper, 2014-Present)

Joined Barcelona from Bundesliga side, Borussia Mönchengladbach, in 2014 for a transfer fee of $13 million, Ter Stegen has quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers today. Currently, the German international plays a vital role between the posts for the Spanish giants, having previously been a vital part of Luis Enrique’s treble-winning squad. Ter Stegen has contributed to many trophies,  4 La Liga titles, 3 Spanish Super Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cups and 4 Copa del Reys.

David Villa (Striker/Left-wing, 2010-2013)

David joined Barca in 2010 after a 40 million transfer fee was paid to Valencia. He started his Barcelona journey with a silverware, coming on as a substitute in the Spanish Super Cup win over Sevilla, which saw the beginning of the striker’s dominance.

The forward’s combination with Argentine playmaker, Lionel Messi, paved the way to Barca’s La Liga’s 2011 and 2013 titles, a Copa del Rey victory, the 2011 Champions League trophy, a UEFA Super Cup, a FIFA Club World Cup, two Supercopa de España and  2011 Spanish Super Cup. Racking up eight trophies in three years under iconic Pep Guardiola and then the late Tito Vilanova.

The Spaniard scored 48 goals in 119 matches for Barca. He also scored 59 goals in 98 matches for Spain, including five at the 2010 World Cup, where Spain hoisted the World Cup trophy for the first time.

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