The striker was born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in 1966. He left CSKA Sofia to join Barça in 1990 and stayed until 1998 with the exception of a single season in Serie A with Parma in 1995-96
Considered the best Bulgarian player of all time, Hristo was one of the stars of the Dream Team and one of the fans’ most popular players of the 1990s, both for his football and his extraordinary fighting spirit. He was versatile, and could play either on the left or in the middle, making him a highly efficient forward player, with great speed and a goalscoring instinct. He was considered one of the best players in the world for his time, and is one of three Barça players to have won the European Cup (1992), the Golden Boot (1990) and the Ballon d’Or (1995) along with Leo Messi and Luis Suárez.
He was a charismatic person both on and off the pitch, and sincerely felt the Barcelona colours, which he was always ready to bravely and intensely defend. Camp Nou paid tribute to him on 29 May 2005 with a game between a World XI and a Dream Team veterans side.
Seasons with the club: 1990-95 and 1996-98
Games played: 341
Goals scored: 162
1 European Cup (1991/92)
1 Cup Winners Cup (1996/97)
2 European Super Cups (1992 and 1997)
5 Leagues (1990/91, 91/92, 92/93, 93/94 and 97/98)