Xavi has written a guest column on MARCA, and it’s all about one man: Sergio Busquets, his former FC Barcelona and Spain teammate. He starts from the very beginning:
“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.”
Busquets being named the best midfielder in the world will be controversial, and Xavi acknowledges he may be underrated: “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.”
Xavi claims Busquets made him a better player, adding he always looked for his name on the teamsheet:
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.
Xavi finished by calling his former teammate a leader in the dressing room and an example for young players.