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5 players who single-handedly managed to silence Barcelona

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the best team in the world, with their trophy cabinet, team value and ranking. They are widely known for their style of play which is tiki-taka, of which they dominate Europe with.

But with how Barcelona played,their are player who single-handedly rip the catalan apart. Sometimes all that was required to stop Barcelona were a few moments of individual brilliance: a remarkable strike, a crucial goal or even an unprecedented hattrick or anything that made the catalan giants look vulnerable.

Here in this article we'll take a look at five of the players who single-handedly destroy the blaugrana.

#1. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

During 2012/13 UEFA champions league we saw a match-up between two la Liga champions and two bundesliga champions in the champions league semi-finals: Barcelona v Bayern Munich and Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund all faced each other in one semi-final.

Bayern match against the blaugrana took another style as fans were eager to know the outcome of game between the two best team in Europe then. Some predicted it to be a very tough and tight match but it turned the way round, as the Bavarians humiliatethe catalan giants both home and away. The first leg which saw the Bavarians thrash Barcelona 4-0 was a match to be dedicated to Thomas Muller as he scored twice and assisted one and as well was involved in the bulid-up for the last goal that night.

Muller went away with the man-of-the-match that day and after a week he scored once to help his team in winning 3-0 that handed Barcelona their worst losses in the competition 7-0 aggregate.

#2. Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

2016/17 was one of Barcelona remarkable season as they set a new record with a stunning comeback win against Paris Saint German in the UCL round of 16. The catalan outfit overturned 4-0 away loss by beating PSG 6-5 on aggregate.

But there joy didn't last long enough when they met Juventus in the quarter finals. The Bianconeri were seen to as a stronger team that season as they've never lost any game in the competition and only conceded 2 goals.

The man that stand as a nightmare for Barcelona was Dybala as he becomes treat to the Barca defense and he outshined his compatriot Lionel Messi that night with his two wonderful goals, where Juventus won 3-0 on aggregate. And the Argentine scored his brace in a special way, curling the two balls past ter stegen.

#3. Divork Origi (Liverpool)

Barcelona was indeed invincible around 2010s but ever since then they atimes has a bad performances due to several changes in coaches and backroom troubles. In regard to that, during last season UCL against Liverpool their aura of invincibility had all disappeared.

Which in the previous season saw them lose to unexpected Roma team with 4-1 ahead. But a Lionel Messi led Barcelona defeated Liverpool 3-0 at camp nou in 2018/19 season, but the second leg took another shape as it took Divork origi scored two amazing goals. With wijnaldum scoring another brace. But what made Origi standout was the his goal which decide the winner. Liverpool later on go ahead and win the champions league.

#4. Emmanuel Boateng (levante)

While Barcelona were performing below par in 2017/18 season. Suffering an embarrassing exit from the champions league. They won the Copa del Rey and dominated la Liga.

As they look onward to finish the season without a defeat. But the dream were shattered as the blaugrana played their week 37 match in la Liga match against Levante where Emmanuel Boateng stood as an obstacle to Barcelona expectations, as he scored amazing hattrick in the game which ended 5-4 victory over the catalan giants.

#5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling for the first place in 2011/12 season. The two team who were led by Messi and Ronaldo respectively, with both of them vying for the top soccer tag. Ronaldo team visited camp nou with four points between them and their rival.

Nevertheless, the match was a very tough one though, that by seventieth minute the match is still pegged down to a 1-1 draw, but Ronaldo rose up and latch onto a superb mesut ozil through ball scoring past Victor Valdez.

Real won and go seven points clear and later on win the league title. Ronaldo 'calma' celebration gained notoriety of its own as Portuguese star single-handedly silenced Barcelona faithful.

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