There are a number of fantastic goals from Barcelona over the past few decades. Let’s take a look at Pedro’s last-minute winner against Real Zaragoza, Lionel Messi’s solo effort against Real Betis and Iniesta’s hat-trick against Real Zaragoza. We’ll also take a look at Ronald Koeman’s role in Barcelona’s early 90s dream team.
Pedro’s last-minute winner against Real Zaragoza
Pedro’s last-minute winner against Real Zagaragoza is one of the most enigmatic goals in Barcelona history. The ball was crossed by Lionel Messi, who angled it into Pedro’s path. The Brazilian advanced into the penalty area from the left. Most forwards would have tried to shoot, but Pedro clipped the ball first-time across the six-yard box and fired it into the net.
The Spaniard was born in Zaragoza and made his senior debut for the club in 1993. He later joined rival Real Madrid on a free transfer in 1990. He helped Real to win two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey and was a mainstay in the first team. He had a brief spell at Valencia CF before retiring in 2001. His Spanish international career was cut short by knee injuries.
Lionel Messi’s solo effort against Real Betis
One of the best goals ever scored by a Barcelona player came from the Argentine superstar’s solo effort against Real Betis in 2012. His stunning volley from 25 yards out topped the Argentine’s hat trick against Real Madrid, and was among the 86 goals he scored in the calendar year. Messi also won the Ballon d’Or in 2012, which is the highest individual award in the sport.
Despite a shaky start to the new century, Messi has now scored six hundred and fifty goals for the Catalans. This feat has seen him surpass Pele’s record of 650 goals. His stunning solo effort against Athletic Bilbao is another standout in the club’s history. This goal was a defining moment for Messi, who now stands as one of the club’s best players.
Iniesta’s strike against Real Zaragoza
Iniesta made his Barcelona debut when he was just 18. He scored a spectacular goal against Club Brugge on his debut and never looked back. By the time he left the club, he had won 30 trophies and was one of the key figures in Frank Rijkaard’s team. Iniesta was left on the bench for the Champions League final against Arsenal in 2006, but came on at half time to help Barca come back to win 2-1.
The game against Real Madrid was also remembered for the fans’ over-the-top behaviour. The crowd abused the players, causing a severe fine for the club and the Spanish Football Federation. The match became one of the most memorable in Barcelona history and served as a catalyst for a fierce rivalry between players and fan bases. Spain had suffered on the world stage until the Golden Generation, which saw them reach the pinnacle of European football.
Ronald Koeman’s key role in Barca’s early 90s dream team
Having played under Johan Cruyff in the early 1990s, Ronald Koeman played a key role in the club’s dream team. Against Sampdoria in the European Cup final in 1992, Koeman scored the only goal to win the title. After leaving Barca, Koeman returned to the Netherlands to coach Feyenoord. He retired from playing in 1997 but returned to coaching the national team in 1998. He began his coaching career at the national team, then moved to Barcelona as an assistant manager. In 2001, Koeman became the head coach of Ajax.
Koeman spent six years with Barcelona, playing over 200 times for the club. In 1995, he returned to the Netherlands and played for Feyenoord in Rotterdam. This made him a part of the Dutch “Big Three” for a brief time. Koeman also played for the Netherlands national team in the mid-1980s, making his debut against Sweden in Utrecht.
Iniesta’s goal against Real Betis
During the match, Real Betis supporters chanted in approval for Messi, who had a 30-yard rocket thwarted by Alisson Becker. Nevertheless, the Argentine scored a late winner to secure the match. After that, Barcelona’s dominance of Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final was complete.
Despite being injured for most of the season, Andres Iniesta has one memorable goal in his career. In 2009, he scored a brilliant goal against Chelsea that has since been dubbed the ‘Iniestazo’. He played the full 90 minutes of the game despite a knee injury, but his goal proved the difference in the game. Barca went on to win 2-0 and claim their first-ever treble.
Another memorable goal for the club was the one scored by Lionel Messi against Arsenal in 2011. Iniesta scored from a one-two with Ronaldinho and chipped the ball home, leaving the goalkeeper speechless. This goal was particularly remarkable as it came after a 2-1 deficit against Arsenal in the first leg.
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