From Fausto Dos Santos to Arthur Melo more than 30 Brazilian footballers have played for Barcelona and if rumours are true Gustavo Maia can be next Brazilian to represent the Blaugrana colours. Dos Santos first represented Barca in 1931 and he was accompanied by Jaguare another Brazilian. Many Brazil players had great success as Barca player while few didn’t play up to the expectations. Catalan giants have mixed experience of success for Brazilian players as some won many collective trophies and individual awards while some were bench warmers because of various reasons. Most of them had a huge impact on the Catalan giants in helping them to win the major trophies, some captained the side as well. In this article, we will talk about the top 5 Brazilians to play for Barcelona.
Rivaldo joined Barcelona in 1997 from Deportivo La Coruna, and he cost $26 million to Barcelona. During his first season at Barca, he was the second top goalscorer with 19 goals in 34 matches and Barca won the domestic double and next season Barca won another league title. Rivaldo won the FIFA Player of the year and the Ballon d’Or. He played for Barca for five years scoring around 130 goals, and he left Barca for AC Milan in June 2002.
Romário first played for Barcelona in 1993-1994 season; he was part of Cryuff dream team where he was part of a team that had players like Hristo Stoichkov, Pep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman. Romário helped Barca to win the league title as he was the top scorer of the league scoring 30 goals in 33 matches. Romário also won the FIFA player of the year that season. He left Barca in January 1995 and went back to Brazil to play for Flamengo, and there were rumours that he had a rift with coach Cruyff.
3. Neymar Jr.
Fifty-six thousand five hundred fans were there when Neymar was unveiled as Barca player at Camp Nou that’s a record for a Brazilian Player. During his first season, he played in 41 matches and scored 15 goals. During 2014-15 season he played the best football of his career, accompanied with Messi and Suarez he made the most lethal attacking trio of football. Neymar scored 39 goals in all competitions helping Barcelona in wining their second treble, and he was on the podium of the Ballon d’Or for the first time. Neymar played the most crucial role against PSG; he showed his masterclass in that match. PSG paid €222 million to Barca as the Brazilian left Barca for a record fee making his most expensive footballer. He played 186 games for Barca scoring 105 goals.
When Ronaldinho joined Barca, he was 23-years-old, but his impact was like a blossom for the club. Ronaldinho made Barca from UEFA Cup playing team to Champions League winner. He remains only player other than Maradona to have received a round of applause from Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Despite scoring less than 100 goals he changed the club inside out before his arrival Barca went trophyless for straight four seasons, but after his arrival, Barca won 2 league titles in 3 years. He is considered as one of the best to play this beautiful game, and he has a special place in every culer’s heart.
1. Dani Alves
The Brazilian right-back Dani Alves won 24 different trophies in his eight years at Nou Camp, including the treble in his first season. Alves made a terrific pair with Lionel Messi, Alves assisted 42 of Messi’s goals. Alves was known for his technical skills and pace. During his time at Barcelona, he was a regular part of various the team of the year list. Alves left Barca due to discomfort with the board, still, now he is regular part Brazilian National Team.
TOP 5 BRAZILIANS TO PLAY FOR BARCELONA: RANKING CRITERIA
Making a ranking of the top 5 Brazilians to play for Barcelona is subjective, and as such, some wonderful football players may not make the cut here. These players have been ranked by their ability in shaping the club, their contributions and the influence they’ve had on the team.