1999 Barca Side: Who was the best player?

Discussion in 'Barcelona' started by Catfish, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Catfish

    Catfish Member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I just got done watching the 1999 Super Classico in Camp Nou on GolTv. I know that Kluivert, Rivaldo, and Figo were on that side, BUT who was the star of that year? That was the year that Barca won the last major trophy correct?
     
  2. tedwar

    tedwar Member

    Jun 24, 1999
    Richmond, CA-EastBay
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Rivaldo or Figo (much as it pains me to say his name)

    Tony
     
  3. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    China
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i'd say rivaldo
     
  4. Lucho-the-Legend

    Nov 9, 2004
    Philadelphia
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    I also watched the marathon of Super Classico's....I wouldn't say Rivaldo in those matches...to me it seemed like Figo kept the team cohesive....

    What I would like to see if the Super Classico match from the Spring of 2001, in Madrid, when Rivaldo had the match winner taken away in injury time....by a paid off linesman
     
  5. Football Expert

    Football Expert New Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    west indies
    i'd say it was rivaldo,figo or cocu
     
  6. Spartak

    Spartak Member

    Nov 6, 1999
    Philly
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That Barca team of 1998-2000 was my favorite non-Milan side of the last 10 years. I loved watching them anytime they were on the tube. With Luis Enrique/Rivaldo/Figo playing behind Kluivert they played some of the prettiest football in years. I personally feel that they were a better side than the current Barca side. Unfortunately Van Gaal couldn't win in europe which eventually got him the sack. I would say Figo was their best player. Rivaldo would perform the non-human on occasion but Figo was more consistent.
     
  7. Catfish

    Catfish Member

    Oct 1, 2002
    Chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Now I know why Cules are DISGUSTED with #$%^ aka Traitor. He was an AMAZING player. Rivaldo was insane too.

    Wonder if there is any way to buy old Barca year in review DVD or VHS that are compatiable in the USA????
     
  8. acmilan_barcelona

    acmilan_barcelona Nou Camp-San Siro

    May 11, 2002
    Barcelona Monteserat
    i agree with you that figo was the corner stone and creative force behind especially the 99-00 squad, however i do`nt agree that it was better than this one... for one the current side plays a much better crisp one touch passing game with better speed than the 99 side.. that past midfield comprising of pep, cocu, xavi who deputised for the unlucky luis enrique- who missed many matches due to persistent injuries, the young gabri with zenden wide on the left was okay but this current one moves the ball way much faster with superb inch perfect passing.

    figo was to me the best player not only for us but in europe, simply oustanding, his consistency that season can only be rivalled by the then valencia`s brilliant playmaker mendieta, rivaldo kept the opposing defence lines on pressure , kluivert was inconsistent.. cocu and pep held the midfield well, although cocu at times was shifted to left back when sergi was injured- abelardo did a tremendous job for us in central defence-puyol was tireless.. sergi was also on and off -injuries.. the youngster simao now with benfica-too much expectations on his young shoulders.. didn`t prove much. oh valdes has been amazing for us but then ruud hesp was a disappointment so were his successors, dutruel, bonano, enke etc..
     
  9. Hurley

    Hurley New Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Porto
    Figo and Rivaldo
     
  10. TxTechGooner

    TxTechGooner we're having fun here, no?

    Feb 24, 2003
    Rivaldo was in his prime.. a star.
     
  11. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    China
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    btw the talk of cocu has me reminiscing.

    was cocu the most versatile player of all time?
     
  12. gaijin

    gaijin New Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Malaysia
    I think Rivaldo was the best player in the world at that time. Figo was also reaching his peak as a football player - imo.

    In 2000/01 - Rivaldo was unreal in that season. He pratically dragged Barca into the CL - remember that killer last minute bicycle kick winner? Amazing goal.

    Back to '99, a few notables as well as them two.

    Cocu, of course was a great player. But I also remember Luis Enrique being unbeatable too.

    And we can't leave out Sonny Anderson (I really loved that guy - before and after playing for Lyon.)
     
  13. acmilan_barcelona

    acmilan_barcelona Nou Camp-San Siro

    May 11, 2002
    Barcelona Monteserat
    i`ve always rated sonny anderson ever since his days with monaco before he joined us , but he really struggled to fit in during the 1998-99 season, i remember we had great expectations of pairing a three prolonged attack of rivaldo-kluivert and sonny anderson. that had done well the previous season-97-98 but sonny struggled at times.. some times he would wave his magic and score spectacularly but in general he didn`t contribute much.. actually we did regret letting him go because at lyon he was far more prolific and a sharper marksman.. scored lots of terrific goals for lyon.. at times i wondered why he never featured regularly for brazil..
     
  14. chrisc

    chrisc New Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    Portland, OR
    He definitely was an important player for Barça. He sure would've helped out with our current injury crisis.

    While he was versatile, I think Luis Enrique, in his prime, was more versatile. He could play out wide, as well as in the middle. Plus he could play as a forward and a midfielder. If I remember correctly, he might've even filled in as a defender a few times. Too bad he could never stay healthy.
     
  15. Mario

    Mario New Member

    Mar 11, 2000
    San Salvador, El Sal
    Rivo hands down, unfortunately LvG never understood the team used to revolved around him.
     
  16. CrazyElBarca

    CrazyElBarca New Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    Figo, Guaridola, Rivaldo and Luis Enrique is vital for Barca at 98/99
     
  17. fatdanny99

    fatdanny99 New Member

    Nov 5, 2004
    US

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