The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) have officially crowned FC Barcelona as the ‘Best Club of the Decade’ for the years 2011-2020. With a total tally of 2877 points, the Blaugrana have managed to secure this particular crown for a second time.
The Catalans were also previously named the best club of the decade for 2001-2010. Besides that, they also earned the title of ‘Best Club of the Year’ for the years 2011, 2012 and 2015, when they won the treble for an unprecedented second time.
Barcelona, with their 2877 points edged out their eternal rivals Real Madrid, who sit second with 2782 points. German giants FC Bayern Munich are in third with a haul of 2594.5 points. They are then followed by Paris Saint Germain, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City as well as Chelsea in joint seventh, with Manchester United and Arsenal rounding off the 9th and 10th spots.
The IFFHS points system is based on rankings for a given team’s victories and draws in each competition. Barcelona grabbed the top spot for a second decade running with their haul of 22 trophies this decade, including two UEFA Champions League crowns and six La Liga championships.
Earlier this year, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi also earned two major accolades to his name bestowed by the IFFHS. He was named ‘Playmaker of the Decade’ as well as ‘Player of the Decade’ by the Zurich-based organisation.
Barcelona have enjoyed stellar domestic success in the past decade. Their Champions League titles could have potentially be higher in number, but there is no forgetting that stellar 2015 treble-winning campaign. After a rough few years, hopefully the club can replicate its tremendous success in the forthcoming decade as well.
Report: Barcelona accept defeat in pursuit of Inter Milan striker
According to reports from Corriere della Sera (relayed by SempreInter), Barcelona have now given up on their pursuit of Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal season upfront with Romelu Lukaku, and he is a hot prospect in Europe. He has several skills that make him suited to a team like Barça, who have been chasing him for over a year now.
Inter were initially demanding northwards of €100m for the striker before the start of the 20/21 season. With their financial struggles, the Catalan club were unable to cope with their demands. However, the rumours linking Martinez to Barça did not die down in the months that followed. This is due to the Blaugrana’s dire need for a striker.
The Garnet and the Blue have been considering several options, with the Argentinian striker being only one out of a talented bunch including Aguero, Depay, Haaland, and more. Martinez was hotly tipped to join Barça, apparently wanting a union with his fellow Argentine teammate Lionel Messi.
However, with Inter’s meteoric rise to success, and Martinez’ key role in the team, it seems that he is no longer going to leave the club. The Milan based club is head and shoulders above all other teams in the Serie A, and look set to win their first title in eleven years.
The Argentine forward has played a huge part in Inter’s incredible campaign, scoring fifteen and assisting five in 30 matches this league campaign.
Antonio Conte has done a brilliant job with Inter, and he has also developed Martinez into a phenomenal striker; one who can both score goals as well as drop deep and create the play. With his immense pairing with Lukaku and the inevitable success of Inter, it seems impossible that a transfer is on the card for the young striker any time soon.