Lionel Messi: Barcelona fans shun Argentine, vote Diego Maradona as club's best ever

Lionel Messi: Barcelona fans shun Argentine, vote Diego Maradona as club's best ever

- Lionel Messi has been voted Barcelona's second-best player

- The club fans chose legendary footballer Diego Maradona as their best ever player despite just two seasons at Camp Nou

- Andres Iniesta made top five of Barca's best players ever after Ronaldinho and Johan Cruyff

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Barcelona fans have snubbed their highest goals scorer Lionel Messi in favour of countryman Diego Maradona as the club's greatest player of all-time.

The Catalans supporters were said to have voted for the 59-year-old who spent just two seasons at the Camp Nou ahead of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

According to the poll conducted by Ranker and was published by the Sun, Messi came in as the second-best after the one-time World Cup winner.

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Briefly.co.za learned that Maradona was clearly the fans' choice while Ronaldinho, Johan Cruyff, and Andres Iniesta completing the top five best for the club.

The Spaniard remains the most decorated Spanish footballer ever with 35 major titles with both club and country.

While Cruyff's philosophy still lingers on at the club several years after leaving them to pursue other goals.

Neymar is the most expensive player in the world at the moment and the four years he spent at the Catalan club produced memorable moments.

He was inspirational for Barca especially in their dramatic comeback against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League a few years back.

  1. Diego Maradona
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Ronaldinho
  4. Johan Cruyff
  5. Andres Iniesta
  6. Xavi
  7. Carles Puyol
  8. Ronaldo
  9. Gerard Pique
  10. Luis Suarez
  11. Neymar
  12. Dani Alves
  13. Sergio Busquets
  14. Samuel Eto'o
  15. Rivaldo
  16. David Villa
  17. Ronald Koeman
  18. Romario
  19. Hristo Stoichkov
  20. Victor Valdes

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o produced memorable momentsduring his five year reign at Barcelona - winning two Champions League, three La Ligas and a few other titles.

But the striker could also make 14th position on the chart of the best ever stars who have featured for the Catalan club.

Former captain and midfielder Xavi Hernandes who has been tipped to become the club's next coach also missed out on the top five best players.

Meanwhile, several big names were forced to settle on a place outside of the top ten while Victor Valdes was voted 20th.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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