Five past Barcelona greats to rival ‘MSN’

Messi, Suarez and Neymar – or ‘MSN’ as they are frequently labelled – are no doubt three of the most talented footballers you will ever see. Messi may go down as the greatest ever player to play the game in fact, but Suarez and Neymar are not far behind, the trio terrorising defenders in Spain and throughout Europe currently.

However, Barcelona has a great tradition of superb players, in particular renowned for the success under Dutch manager and former star Johan Cruyff. Under his guidance from 1988 to 1996, the club won multiple honours including four La Liga titles in a row at the start of the ’90s. But more so, Cruyff developed and built the playing style and philosophy that we still see today, the intricate passing, pace and attacking flair are a direct result of Cruyff’s guidance.

Many of the players on this list will come from the so-called Dream Team under Cruyff in fact, such was the significance of that side. Although his influence on Barcelona is almost as great as a player, he is omitted from this list in preference to players who played during his coaching career and after, as a way of highlighting his influence in shaping the club in modern times.

Other familiar names to not feature include Diego Maradona – a short stint at the club prior to his Napoli move was moderately successful but tempestuous, and Gary Lineker whose 42 goals in 103 games mark him down as one of England’s best ever footballing exports. But the players on this list should all be considered equally impressive in their time as ‘MSN’ are today.