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