Aside from being the founder, Joan Gamper was also one of the club’s first footballers and holds the record for most goals in one match, with nine. Thirteen years after the founding of Barcelona, Paulino Alcántara joined the club and went on to become the all-time top scorer, with 357 goals in 357 matches. As of 1 June 2010 he has the record for most goals scored for Barcelona in all competitions. The current record league goalscorer is Cesár, who scored 195 goals, and Migueli holds the record for the most league appearances, with 391, as well as appearances in all competitions including friendlies, with 664.

Barcelona has employed several famous players, with seven FIFA World Player and Ballon d’Or winners among the previous and current Barcelona players. This makes it the club with the most FIFA World Player awards received by the players. In 2009, Barcelona won an “unprecedented sextuple” by winning the 2008–09 La Liga, 2008–09 Copa del Rey, 2009 Supercopa de España, 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, 2009 UEFA Super Cup and 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. The same year, five of their players and their coach were voted onto the UEFA Team of the Year 2009.

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