Barcelona forwards since 2000 ranked by their goal-per-game ratio (26th-11th)

  • Kobe Tong

FC Barcelona, as their motto 'mes que un club' suggests, are one of the biggest teams in the world.

Legends such as Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona have engrained the Blaugrana in the global zeitgeist for decades, but their cultural significance has arguably never been larger than today.

Lionel Messi, by way of being one of the greatest athletes in history, has propelled the Catalans to unparalleled heights in the last 15 years and his achievements at Camp Nou will never be forgotten.

Legendary Barcelona strikers

However, even in an era where Barca can hardly go a season without winning silverware, not every striker or forward to pull on their jersey has been good enough to share the pitch with Messi.

For every Luis Suarez and Neymar there is also a Malcom and Paco Alcácer, but even the biggest and richest clubs in the world don't spend their millions wisely every time.

And as part of our ongoing series on major clubs' forwards since 2000, we've decided to turn our attentions to Barcelona and rank their strikers on how prolific they were at Camp Nou.


Ranking by goal-per-game ratio

We're ranking the 26 players in question, who have to played predominantly as strikers or wingers as opposed to midfielders with at least 10 appearances, by their goal-per-game ratios.

So, yes, that does mean players like Alexis Sanchez and Neymar will be up for consideration, while Ronaldinho or Andres Iniesta played too deep, too often for us to feasibly include them.

Disclaimers aside, though, you can check out the full rankings down below for the good, the bad and the ugly of Barcelona's goal-scorers.


26. Maxi Lopez - 0.10

Goals: 2

Games: 19

Things couldn't have started better for Lopez at Barcelona when, having arrived to replace the injured Henrik Larsson, he scored a crucial equaliser with his first shot for the club vs Chelsea.

However, the Argentine only found the net once more in Catalonia - against Zamora in the Copa del Rey - and was eventually loaned out to Mallorca after making just 13 La Liga appearances.

25. Alfonso Perez - 0.13

Goals: 5

Games: 38

Alfonso is a rare breed of player who turned out for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, though it goes without saying that his spell at the Bernabeu was far more successful than this one.

The Spain international, who won 38 caps and bagged 11 goals, only scored twice in his first season for Barca and was eventually kicked out on an unsuccessful loan move to Marseille.


24. Malcom - 0.16

Goals: 4

Games: 24

Can you remember when Barca felt as though they'd pulled off the coup of the century by snatching Malcom from underneath the noses of AS Roma? Yeh, they shouldn't have bothered.

Malcom always felt like a spare part under Ernesto Valverde, though he did score against Real Madrid, and was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg barely a calendar year after they signed him.

23. Eidur Gudjohnsen - 0.17

Goals: 19

Games: 114

Having scored 78 goals and won two Premier League winners' medals on the bounce with Chelsea, Barca must have had big expectations of their new Icelandic striker in 2006. Yeh, about that.

Gudjohnsen had a solid enough debut season with 12 strikes in 43 games, but only finding the net seven times in the following two campaigns, despite earning 71 appearances, was poor to say the very least.


22. Santiago Ezquerro - 0.19

Goals: 8

Games: 42

The emergence of some random youth graduate called Messi (who the hell is that guy?) meant that Ezquerro never got a fair crack in the first-team and 12 appearances in his debut season was as good as things got.

His only cap for Spain had come seven years before his arrival at Camp Nou and nobody was shedding a tear when he was moved on to Osasuna in 2008, where he retired one year later.

21. Ludovic Giuly - 0.21

Goals: 26

Games: 124

Part of the Monaco team that made an unexpected charge to the 2004 Champions League final, Giuly made a half-decent start to life in Spain with 12 goals across his debut season.

But failing to reach double figures during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 campaigns, combined with the impending arrival of Thierry Henry, meant Guily was hardly missed when he switched to AS Roma.


20. Munir El Haddadi - 0.21

Goals: 12

Games: 56

Munir had his back against the wall trying to break into Barca's first-team during the 'MSN' era and when he was only a teenager to boot.

As a result, 12 goals is nothing to be sniffed at and reaching eight strikes during the 2015/16 campaign was solid, it just wasn't sufficient for him to challenge 30-goal-a-season forwards.

19. Sandro Ramírez - 0.22

Goals: 7

Games: 32

From one player having no chance of separating 'MSN' in their younger days to another, though Sandro's form since leaving the Blaugrana has done little to suggest selling him was a mistake.

The Spain youth international only ever posted four goals in a season for the Catalans and he's hardly remembered fondly by Everton fans after scoring just once on Merseyside.


18. Dani Garcia - 0.22

Goals: 19

Games: 85

One of only two originals who led the line at Barcelona when we entered the new millennia, but the former Real Madrid forward spent much of his spell playing second fiddle to Patrick Kluivert.

Nevertheless, Garcia's debut-season tally of 11 La Liga goals was pretty decent and he even scored a crucial Champions League strike against Chelsea by the time injuries started to ravage his career.

17. Cristian Tello - 0.23

Goals: 20

Games: 86

We'll be the first people to admit that wide players are at a major disadvantage in this list, but we're talking about a club which has boasted wingers scoring 39 goals in a single season. In other words, sorry, Cristian.

You couldn't have asked much more from Tello with 20 goals being a respectable tally across three campaigns and his exit was more a testament to Barca's dizzying standards than an inditement of his own form.


16. Bojan - 0.25

Goals: 41

Games: 163

Ah, the 'New Lionel Messi' himself. Bojan held many of Barca's 'youngest player' records until Ansu Fati came along this season, but credit to him for finishing above Gudjohnsen and other more established forwards.

It's just a shame then that Bojan's career seemed to jump off a cliff when he left the club and it's beggar belief that he was playing in the Championship for Stoke City as recently as last year.

15. Ousmane Dembele - 0.26

Goals: 19

Games: 74

You get the feeling that the clock is ticking for Dembele to justify his gargantuan €105 million price tag some time this century, though injuries have played a massive part in his stunted progress.

The World Cup winner seriously needs to get his head down and improve his attitude if he's not going to go down as one of the most expensive mistakes in Barca history. Tick-tock, tick-tock.


14. Paco Alcácer - 0.30

Goals: 15

Games: 50

Am I alone in being surprised that Alcácer has finished this highly? The Spaniard was always on a hiding to nothing competing with Messi and Suarez, despite proving himself as lethal poacher.

You only need to look at his spell with Borussia Dortmund to see his 'fox in the box' talents, it's just a shame that he was never anything more than a roll-of-the-dice option from the bench.

13. Pedro - 0.31

Goals: 99

Games: 321

We're staring to enter a territory of players where we can unabashedly say they were successes at Barcelona and has there been a more underrated star in the modern era than Pedro?

The Spaniard almost reached a century of goals playing out wide for his boyhood club and formed one of the greatest front threes in history, finding the net in the 2011 Champions League final.


12. Henrik Larsson - 0.32

Goals: 19

Games: 59

Nineteen goals in 59 outings might not look aesthetically-pleasing, but sneaking into the top half shows what an incredible job Larsson did in Spain while fighting injuries in his mid-thirties.

The Swede's record of 15 strikes during his second season was particularly impressive and he rounded off his spell with an unforgettable cameo from the bench in the 2006 Champions League final.

11. Antoine Griezmann

Goals: 15

Games: 46

Perhaps finishing just short of the top 10 means Barcelona fans should cut Griezmann some slack this season and the former Ballon d'Or contender could easily kick on when he fully settles in.

That being said, for somebody who cost the club an eye-watering £107 million last summer, they'll be no excuses if the Frenchman comes down with a case of second-season-syndrome. 



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