Barcelona wave goodbye to the decade with some amazing memories having clinched seven league titles, two European Cups and five Copas del Rey over the last 10 years.
The Catalan giants boast the best win record in Europe’s top five leagues over the last decade, picking up a total of 289 victories.
Those results mean they won more games than the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid: 273
Manchester City: 250
Bayern Munich: 250
One of the main reasons for Barcelona’s success is having that man Lionel Messi in the ranks. The GOAT has come up with some simply astonishing statistics over the last 10 years that keep him head and shoulders above the competition.
Messi has won more games than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, although Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique also make it into the top six.
1. Messi: 260 wins
2. Sergio Busquets: 245 wins
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: 244 wins
4. Thomas Müller: 228 wins
5. Benzema: 219 wins
6. Piqué: 219 wins
Here’s a look at some other key stats from the GOAT:
505 - Lionel Messi had the most goals (369) and assists (136) in this decade in the Top 5 european leagues; altogether, he had a hand in 505 goals in 343 games.— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) December 26, 2019
9 - Between @FCBarcelona and Argentina, Lionel Messi has scored 50 goals in nine of the last 10 years— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 21, 2019
2010 - 60 ✅
2011 - 59 ✅
2012 - 91 ✅
2013 - 45 ⛔
2014 - 58 ✅
2015 - 52 ✅
2016 - 59 ✅
2017 - 54 ✅
2018 - 51 ✅
2019 - 50 ✅
It doesn’t end there though. Messi picked up a record sixth European Golden Shoe in October, a record sixth Ballon d’Or in December and smashed countless other records along the way.
He’s now just 26 goals away from surpassing Pele’s record of most goals for a single club (643 for Santos) and given the form he’s showed this season that may not take too long to accomplish at all.
Pique & Busquets Pass Masters
Messi is not the only player to have shone for Barca over the last decade. Centre-back Gerard Pique has been a stalwart in defence since making his debut in 2008 and has gone on to win 29 titles in 12 years.
He reached 500 appearances for Barcelona in August and made his 111th appearance for the club in the Champions League against Slavia Prague in November. Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi and Xavi Hernández are the only Barca players to have played more in Europe’s top competition for the club.
1 - No other defender has attempted more passes (18457) and has more recoveries (1895) in #LaLiga in this decade. Prominent.#Opta2010s pic.twitter.com/vsnh11lAVD— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 24, 2019
Sergio Busquets has also been crucial for Barca and it’s no surprise to see the midfielder topping the standings when it comes to passing the ball over the last decade. The 31-year-old has made 554 appearances for the club since his debut in 2008 and has been a model of consistency and excellence.
23014 - Sergio Busquets has attempted 23014 passes the last decade, more than any other player in the Top 5 European Leagues. Style@FCBarcelona #FCB#Opta2010s pic.twitter.com/rJ9owdzNvE— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 26, 2019
And the rest...
Not content with winning more games than any other team in Europe, Barca have also topped the scoring charts. The Catalan giants have racked up over 1,000 goals over the last 10 years, pipping Real Madrid to top spot.
1. FC Barcelona: 1060 goals
2. Real Madrid: 1016 goals
3. Bayern Munich: 863 goals
4. Manchester City: 841 goals
5. París Saint-Germain: 827 goals
Barcelona head into 2020 at the top of the table in La Liga and safely into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League where Serie A side Napoli await.
Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world but is inching closer to retirement, and Barca’s biggest challenge of the next 10 years will be learning to cope without the GOAT.