Spoken as Barça, Barcelona is a football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. It was originally founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Spanish, German and English footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism.
Barcelona has won a record and bagged 75 trophies: 26 La Liga, 31 Copa del Rey, thirteen Supercopa de España, three Copa Eva Duarte, and two Copa de la Liga titles, as well as stood the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football, Barça has won twenty European and worldwide titles: five UEFA Champions League titles, and a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cups.
The eminence of the club
Barcelona is one of the most widely supported teams in the world, and the club has one of the largest social media following in the world among all the sports teams. Barcelona players have won a record twelve Ballon d'Or awards, with winners including Johan Cruyff, as well as a record seven FIFA World Player of the Year awards, with recipients including Romário, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. In 2010, three players who came through the club's youth academy (Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi) were ranked as the three of the best players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players from the same football academy.
The winning streak
Barcelona has become compulsive winners over the last decade. With globalisation continuing to affect football, Barça have claimed an impressive amount of titles, crowns and popularity.
This includes 5 La Liga crowns, 3 Champions League titles, 2 FIFA Club World Cups, and 1 Copa del Rey.
Barcelona soon became the first and only football club to complete a sextuple.