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Top 10 Barcelona players of all time - #5

Sports Mole's countdown of Barcelona's top 10 players of all time continues with number five - Johan Cruyff.

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff playing for Barcelona© Offside

Appearances: 184
Goals: 61
Trophies: 1x La Liga, 1x Copa del Rey

When it comes to the most influential figures in the history of Barcelona, Johan Cruyff may well top the pile having enjoyed defining spells at the club as a player, manager and adviser.

It is difficult not to recognise Cruyff's impact on the club Barcelona have become - indeed, the emergence of the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi have a lot to do with the Dutchman - but even when judging him solely on his on-field exploits, Cruyff is worthy of a place on this list.

Following an illustrious spell with Ajax, Cruyff joined Barca for a world-record fee in 1973 after Spain's ban of signing foreign players was lifted. The ultimate exponent of 'Total Football' immediately endeared himself to the Barcelona faithful by turning down a move to Real Madrid due to their association with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

By the time Cruyff made his debut for the club they sat just one place off the bottom of the table, but they subsequently went unbeaten for the remainder of the season to claim their first La Liga title since 1960.

Cruyff was awarded the Ballon d'Or for a third time due to his form that season, and he went on to play for five more years before moving to the United States.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona953123111218
2Espanyol9522137617
3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
5Atletico MadridAtletico944194516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
8Levante94141415-113
9Getafe933388012
10Real Betis933357-212
11Real Sociedad83231211111
12EibarEibar9324912-311
13Celta Vigo92431313010
14Valencia917178-110
15Villarreal923467-19
16GironaGirona82331013-39
17Athletic Bilbao8152913-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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