Strong, corpulent, and a specialist in the air, Miquel Àngel Nadal started out in midfield but his physical and tactical characteristics meant he was best suited for defensive duties. He arrived at Barça in the summer of 1991 after some quality showings for Mallorca. His career as a Barça player was full of memorable highlights. In his first year he was part of the European Cup winning team at Wembley. He won 14 titles with Barça in his eight seasons here. In 1999 he returned home to Mallorca and he finally retired in 2005.
He started his career at Manacor. His fine performances gained the attention of Mallorca who had no doubts about signing him. He spent six years there before Barça, managed by Johan Cruyff, sought him out in the summer of 1991. His debut as a blaugrana came soon after in the first Liga fixture at the Camp Nou in a game against Real Sociedad. Nadal came on in the 73rd minute as a substitute for Txiki Begiristain. The Balearic Islander was a key member of the Dutchman’s teams, and he also played regularly for the Spanish national side. His last game for Barça was in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey 1999 against Benidorm. Barça won 3-0 and Nadal played the second half of the match, with Van Gaal as coach. At the end of that season, he returned to Mallorca with whom he’d win a new and historic title, the Copa del Rey won in Elche versus Recreativo Huelva in 2003.
5 Ligas (1992, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999)
1 European Cup (1992)
2 Copa del Reys (1997 and 1998)
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup (1997)
2 European Super Cups (1993 and 1998)
3 Spanish Super Cups (1992, 1993 and 1995)
61 International caps for Spain