A compilation of Sergio Busquets beating his man with his trademark skill move proves why he is one of the best press-resistant midfielders in world football.
The 34-year-old announced his retirement from international football on Friday after a career of 143 caps with Spain.
After winning two major trophies with one of the greatest national teams in history – the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012 – Busquets continued to play a key role for La Roja.
He even played for Luis Enrique’s team in Qatar, eliminated in the round of 16. But on Friday morning, he confirmed his exit from the international scene.
“It has been an honor to represent my country and bring it to the top, to be world and European champion, to be captain and to play so many matches with more or less success,” he said. -he writes on Instagram.
“But always give everything and bring my grain of sand so that everything goes smoothly and everyone feels how important it is, helping everyone and fighting for the same goal, with unique experiences , unforgettable and historic.”
Busquets played a huge role for his country in the middle of the park and for many remains one of the best – and most underrated – players in world football.
Former Spain manager Vicente del Bosque, who spent eight years managing it with the national team, once said: “You watch the game, you don’t see Busquets. You watch Busquets, you see the whole game. “
It’s a perfect analogy for the defensive midfielder. He doesn’t always give you goals or assists, but he’s always been an important cog in any team.
He makes everything work and sees things seconds before everyone else on the pitch.
Steven Gerrard once said Busquets was an ‘absolute nightmare’ to play against because you couldn’t get near him, while Rio Ferdinand claimed he could play in a pair of velor slippers and play.
Everything is so easy for the Spaniard and this YouTube video proves why it’s so hard to rush him.
A fan commented on the clip saying: “As far as his dribbling goes, he’s basically a 6ft Messi who can’t run but somehow he has the ability to slow down time. ‘, while another commented, ‘It’s literally a waste of the energy to even try. Greatest DM ever, hands down.
As well as constantly stifling counterattacks, Busquets makes it easier for those in more forward areas by being that man who keeps the team together. This is Barca’s way, and they know it.
“I play in a position that requires hard work, generosity and little glamour, but I like it.” Busquets once said.
“It’s my job and I like it. I’d rather intercept and steal 10 balls than shoot. That’s what I’m here for, to make everyone’s job easier.”
Spain will certainly miss its presence in the middle of the park.