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Updated on January 31st 2024, 8:20:49 am

Top 5 greatest Barcelona managers in history

Take a look at the top 5 greatest Barcelona managers in history, from Daučík's golden era to Guardiola's legendary treble winners.

After the past few years of disappointing performances and difficult financial conditions, Barcelona are finally back to where they belong. The Appointment of club legend Xavi as manager and the risky financial decision of the Barca board to activate levers and buy quality players in the transfer marker has turned out to be a massive gamble that paid off. The future looks bright for the Blaugrana, as they look to build upon their success and also potentially bring back their greatest ever player in Leo Messi. One of the biggest clubs in football history, Barca have some legendary managers of the years. 

Who are the top 5 Barcelona managers in history?

  • Ferdinand Daučík: Led Barcelona to consecutive League and Copa Del Rey doubles.

  • Frank Rijkaard: Secured two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy, launching Messi's career.

  • Luis Enrique: Achieved a historic treble in 2014-2015 before coaching the Spanish national team.

  • Johan Cruyff: Oversaw an era of dominance with four consecutive La Liga titles and European success.

  • Pep Guardiola: Masterminded Barcelona's treble in 2008-09 and set new standards in European football.

Let us now look at the top 5 best Barcelona managers in history.

Ferdinand Daučík

Ferdinand Daučík took charge of Barcelona in the 1950's, which was the time when the Blaugrana began to have their first golden period of success. It was an era when their rivals Real Madrid were dominating and winning multiple titles, especially in Europe. Despite all of this, Daučík's four year stint at Barcelona saw them win the League and Copa Del Rey double for 2 consecutive seasons.He unfortunately left the club on a sour note during the 1954-1955 season, as he had altercations with several players and staff of the club.

Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard had a 5 year stint at Barcelona, which saw him lead the club into 2 consecutive La Liga titles, and a Champions League trophy. Besides his silverware achievements with the Blaugrana, Rijkaard will always be remembered as the coach who gave Leo Messi his first-team debut at the club. It was also under Rijkaard that Barcelona signed Ronaldinho, whose signing played a major role for the immense success of Barcelona in the following years.

Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique made history with Barcelona both as a player and manager. His playing career was quite unique as well, as he was a player who joined Barcelona from rivals Real Madrid and he even won La Liga with both the clubs. Coming to his managerial career, Luis Enrique had a historic 3 year stint at Barcelona that saw them win multiple domestic and European titles. His greatest achievement was undoubtedly during the 2014-2015 season, which saw Barcelona win their second treble in club history. After the 2016-17 season, he left Barcelona and went on to coach the Spanish national side.

Johan Cruyff

One of the most influential figures the game has ever seen, especially when it comes to Barcelona and their history. Johan Cruyff is considered to be one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game, and he enjoyed magnificent success both as a player and manager. After his playing career with Barcelona, Cruyff returned years later to his beloved club in the role of Club manager. What followed was an era of complete domination that saw Barca win 4 La Liga titles in a row, and multiple European silverware. It was Cruyff’s Dream Team

Pep Guardiola

No surprises here, as everyone must’ve expected this name to be first. It was an era of complete domination that saw Barcelona conquer Europe, as Pep Guardiola’s Barca side went on to overcome any team that stood in their way of success. Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary Manchester United team, and Mourinho’s magnificent Real Madrid were some of the biggest victims of this brilliant Barca side, who denied them from winning several titles. Pep’s Barca also achieved the first ever treble in the club’s history during the 2008–09 season. He left the club after a historical 4 year stint that saw them dominate European football and win 14 titles.

Note: The managers are not listed in any particular order