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Xavi claims his former teammate as ‘best midfielder in the world’

Xavi remains a favorite amongst the Catalan supporters after spending 17 illustrious years at the Nou Camp.

The 37-year-old Catalan midfielder won 8 league titles, 4 Champions League trophies and 3 Copa del Rey and many individual trophies with Barcelona.

Xavi said Busquets made him a better player

PRAISE FOR SERGIO BUSQUETS

He may no longer be at Barcelona, but he still has fond memories of his time at the club and the players he played with.

One of such players was Sergio Busquets who Xavi has showered tremendous praises on.

As per Squaka reported,  Xavi said, “Those watching from afar may not appreciate or see everything Busi does on the pitch, but those who play with him know he is unique.

“He improves everything around him, he made me a better footballer, why? That is very simple, having him close by ensured I would receive the ball between the lines.

“When the coach announced the team before a match, the first thing I always did was look for Busi, even if I wasn’t starting if he was there I was calm because I knew he guaranteed tactical intelligence.

“Busquets sees things in his head before they happen on the pitch, he intercepts an enormous amount of passes, he can allow his team to play without fear and he is agile on his feet.

“In the dressing room he is also a leader, a fantastic personality who knows when to joke and when to be serious, Busi is an extraordinary professional.”

The duo won numerous trophies together, both, for club and country.

SPECIAL ONE FROM THE BEGINNING

Xavi was full of praise for his former teammate Xavi has written a guest column on MARCA, and it’s all about one man: “The first time Pep Guardiola brought Sergio Busquets to train with us, I realized we were facing a special player.”

“None of us had the foresight to anticipate that he was going to develop into the best midfielder in the world, as he is today. But there was unquestionable evidence that he had the characteristics to achieve it.”

AUTHOR’S TAKE

Busquets is with Barcelona since 2008 and has played 440 over games for the team and is still going strong. The midfield duo were also teammates on the international level and were integral parts of the hugely successful Spanish teams that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euros. The duo was considered as unstoppable as the team looked best in the world. Barca currently sits on the top spot enjoying the perfect start in the league.

 

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