Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has been talking about his top three midfielders and unsurprisingly has come up with some familiar faces.
The Vissel Kobe star has gone with Michael Laudrup, Xavi and Sergio Busquets, while he also admitted it was tough to leave out Pep Guardiola.
Talking about his former boss he said: “Pep should also be on the list because he was a childhood hero alongside Laudrup.”
Here’s Iniesta’s explanation of his three choices.
“Michael Laudrup is my idol from childhood. His technique and his beatiful play style, the way he attacked as a midfielder; I’ve been trying to be like him since I was a kid.
“I played with Xavi for a long time and I’ve watched him a lot on television. He is my ideal player because of how he can control games. He has the ability to provide quality passes in the right places and he is also a leader. He really is an ideal midfielder for me.
“Just like Xavi, I played with Sergio Busquets for a long time too, both with Barcelon and in the Spanish national team. He plays a very important role, the supporting midfielder – he can read football matches so well.
“He’s a good passer but he also creates passing lanes for the centre-backs as well. His role is very important to make the Barcelona system work.”
Iniesta has recently lifted his first silverware with Vissel Kobe. The midfielder captained the team to their first ever trophy with victory over Kashimi Antlers in the Emperor’s Cup.