There is no doubt that FC Barcelona is the best soccer club in the world for the 21st century. This year, they won their second treble in 6 years after beating Juventus 3-1 this Saturday in one of the best finals I have ever seen. In the space of just 15 years, they have won 5 Champions leagues, about 10 La Liga titles and 6 Copa deal Reys (Haha, this list isn’t even accurate, but that’s not the point). The point is that Barcelona is consistent in their domination of world soccer. I will examine my own thoughts about the reason this is.
1. Quality players
Barcelona has had countless quality players in the 21st century, with goalies of the calibre of Victor Valdes and Claudio Bravo, defenders of the quality of Beletti, Carles Puyol, and Mascherano, the best mids of all time Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and mercurial strikers Lionel Messi(the worlds best player), Neymar and Luis Suarez. The reason Barcelona has so many quality players is because they have one of the best youth soccer academy in the world, La Masia. This academy produced the best soccer trio of all time, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Messi. So it’s no surprise Barca has quality players.
2. Lots of money
What about the good players who didn’t play in La Masia like Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and Neymar? Barcelona bought them, of course! Barcelona is one of the richest soccer clubs in the world, and money is vital in pro soccer, as it can buy the best players and improve youth academies. Money is the reason Barcelona was able to sign Cesc Fabregas, Neymar and Luis Suarez, all world-class players.
3. Good coaches and tactics
Barcelona also had/has good coaches like Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. These coaches played in Barca when they won the 1992 Champions League, so obviously they know what they’re doing. Barcelona’s tactics were/are similar to the 2010 Spanish World Cup team, where the players get comfortable on the pall and pass it quickly, and look for goal chances while doing so. These tactics and Pep Guardiola were the reason Barcelona won every competition it played in 2009, and the reason they also won the CL in 2011. That, along with the best striker trio in the world Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, was also the reason Barca won the CL this year.