What people are saying about Barcelona

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Some comments about whether Barcelona's current club is the greatest soccer team ever.

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''They are without a doubt alongside the greats ... They have already put themselves inside this group of the greatest European and world football clubs'' - Luis Suarez, 1960 Golden Ball winner

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''Barcelona has the financial power to put together the best team and its players are fast not only with their feet, but also with their minds, their football sense, and that is what makes them so good. They achieve their results with their fast play, the precise passing and because they have both excellent setup players and goal scorers. In this, they stand above everyone else'' - Jeno Buzanszky, of Hungary's ''Magical Magyars'' team that won Olympic gold in 1952.

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''This Barcelona, for the football it is playing that everyone likes all over the world, is going to define an epoch and a style. I don't know if it is the best in history, but of those teams I have seen, for me, yes'' - Lionel Messi, Barcelona forward.

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''I'll be prudent and wait for us to win more titles - to say we're the greatest ever now, I won't say that'' - Xavi, Barcelona midfielder.

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''The Barcelona of today is the strongest team in the history of football'' - Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu, before Barcelona beat his team 5-1.

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''For me, it's the best team that I've seen'' - former Arsenal and Barcelona forward Thierry Henry.

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''A lot of teams are technically gifted, but having the ability to smother an opponent's game with a great tactical intelligence demands a shared intelligence. In most teams you also have four or five people who are good enough technically, and four or five others who lag behind. But Barcelona is well-oiled collective unit'' - France 1998 World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit.

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''To me, some people may say, 'Oh, stay clear of Barcelona. You shouldn't play against them at the moment.' But it's a test and a challenge, and it's our hope that if we do play them in another important game like we did the last few years, that we'll be better'' - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

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''They are in the process of writing history ... The best team right now'' - Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.

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''You can never compare them to a team like Real Madrid that won five straight European Cups. They're still quite a ways from matching them'' - former Madrid star Jose Santamaria.

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''I don't think you can say that there's one team that's the best of all time. This Barcelona is extraordinary, but I don't think you can it's better than say the Real Madrid with (Alfredo) Di Stefano or many other teams'' - Luigi Riva, Italy's all-time leading scorer.


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