An exceptionally reliable right back, Carles Puyol knows how to find space on the pitch, is fearless in one-on-one battles, and excellently plays in the air. Quite often, he leads his team into a counterattack with an accurate long ball. For a long time, he had the plight of being a substitute at Barcelona, which refused to let him move to another team. The reason was that the 11 founders of the Catalan club had included a Carles Puyol that many believed had been a distant relative of today's player. In actual fact, there is no kinship between the two.