The magazine that created the Ballon d’Or award, France Football, is holding awards for the best XI in the history of football. The 20 nominees for defensive midfielder and 20 nominees for offensive midfielder have come to light. Eight of them play or have played for Barcelona.
List of Barcelona players nominated for the Ballon d’Or dream team
- Sergio Busquets. Defensive midfielder. 2007-2020.
- Pep Guardiola. Defensive midfielder. 1988-2006.
- Xavi Hernández. Defensive midfielder. 1997-2019.
- Andrés Iniesta. Offensive midfielder. 2002-2020.
- László Kubala. Offensive midfielder. 1945-1967.
- Luis Suárez. Offensive midfielder. 1951-1973.
- Gheorghe Hagi. Offensive midfielder. 1982-2001.
- Diego Maradona. Offensive midfielder. 1976-1997.
All of the nominated players marked an era in the club and it is honorable, and well deserved, that they are nominated. Although individual prizes do not mean anything in comparison to their successful careers, it is always satisfying that the world recognizes the legends of Barcelona.
Two from the defensive midfielder nominees and two from the offensive midfielder nominees will be in the line-up. Later, on October 19, the nominees for the three positions of the attack will be announced. 10 for each position in the attack: left-wing, center-forward, and right-wing.
What surprised Culés the most is the fact that Xavi is being considered a ‘defensive midfielder’. Besides that, Carles Puyol and Dani Alves haven’t made the nominee list in their respective positions (centre-back and full-back) either.
Source: France Football
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.