Barcelona have been home to some world-class strikers over the years – but very few of them have worn the No. 7 jersey.
Antoine Griezmann is the 10th player to wear the shirt since La Liga introduced fixed squad numbers for the 1995/96 season.
We have since rated every player wearing the # 7 shirt for Barcelona, from worst to best.
Despite being a Real Madrid academy graduate, Alfonso joined Barcelona from Real Betis for £ 14m in 2000.
The striker was a revelation for championship managers but didn’t reach the same heights in real life, scoring only five goals in 32 games in 32 competitions in 2000-01.
9. Arda Turan
After Turan starred for Atletico Madrid, expectations were high when Turan completed a £ 24m move to Barcelona in 2015.
Due to Barca’s ban on registering new players, the Turkish international was only able to play for the club in January 2016. The wait was really not worth it.
Turan made 55 appearances in all competitions before being loaned out to Istanbul Basaksehir in 2018. His offenses included a suspended sentence after firing a gun after a fight with a pop star in a hospital and a 10-match ban on pressing an assistant referee.
8. Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann wore the # 17 shirt during a tumultuous debut season in Barcelona before switching to the # 7 shirt he wore at Atletico Madrid.
If his miss against Dynamo Kyiv is pending, the change in numbers hasn’t helped the France international regain his best form.
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7. Philippe Coutinho
After Coutinho completed his £ 142million move to Barcelona in January 2018, he wore the # 14 jersey before switching to the # 7 jersey six months later.
The Brazilian international failed to live up to expectations in 2018/19 and brought back his original # 14 in 2020 after returning from a loan match at Bayern Munich.
6. Eidur Gudjohnsen
Gudjohnsen was never a regular in the first team of a star-studded team in Barcelona between 2006 and 2009, serving as a replacement for Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o.
Still playing over 100 games, the Icelandic international was a useful member of the squad that helped the club win three times in its final season at Nou Camp.
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5. Javier Saviola
Saviola was one of many Argentine attackers dubbed ‘The New Maradona’ prior to Lionel Messi’s creation, and joined Barcelona in 2001.
While the striker never fully realized his potential. He still scored 60 goals in 144 games over the next three years before his career ended in the mid-2000s.
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4. Henrik Larsson
After spending seven years at Celtic, Larsson arrived at the Nou camp at the dusk of his career and was plagued by injury problems during his two years in Spain.
Nonetheless, the striker left a lasting legacy in Barcelona, recording two key assists from Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final.
“People always talk about Ronaldinho and everything, but I didn’t see him today, I saw Henrik Larsson,” said Thierry Henry after the game. „He came, he changed the game, that killed the game.
“All the time you talk about Ronaldinho and Eto’o and people like that. Let’s talk about the right people who make the difference, that was Henrik Larsson who made two assists. I didn’t see Ronaldinho and I didn’t see Eto’o. ”
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While Pedro only wore Barcelona’s No. 7 jersey for two years, he still won a La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup during that time.
2. Luis Figo
Not many Barcelona fans would like to admit it now, but Figo was once a hero in Catalonia.
The Portuguese international became one of the best players in the world in his five years, winning two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
However, his controversial move to Real Madrid in 2000 means he cannot finish second on this list.
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1. David Villa
Villa was the icing on the cake of a defining Barcelona team, helping the club win a La Liga title and the Champions League in 2010/11.
A serious injury affected his second season at Nou Camp, but the striker still scored 48 goals in 119 games before being eliminated in 2013.
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