ONE ON ONE: SERGIO BUSQUETS
1. The Spaniard was relatively obscure when he joined FC Barcelona first team almost a decade ago in 2008. But since then, Busquets has become one of the club’s most creative players alongside titans like Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
2. The prolific midfielder has only ever played professionally for Barcelona. He recently renewed his contract through to 2023 with a buy out clause of €500m.
3. Busquets made such a massive impression at Camp Nou that despite only becoming apart of the club’s first team in 2008, he made his international debut for Spain less than a year later in 2009.
4. Since debuting internationally for Spain, the midfielder helped the country win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.
5. Barcelona legend, Carles Puyol’s requested for his comrade Busquets inherit his #5 jersey after he retired in 2014. The two had a strong relationship during Puyol’s years at the club.
6. The Busquets name has been among the Barcelona elite since before Sergio’s first team appearance. The Spaniard’s father was a keeper for the club in the 1990s – mainly as a back-up.
7. The 30-year-old has been able to maintain firstteam status for a decade but continues to be widely underrated for just how vital he is to the Barcelona winning framework. Former club gaffer – Luis Enrique – hailed him as one of the best midfielders in world football.
8. Busquets averages a 90% passing accuracy. A statistic that directly influences Barcelona’s attacking prowess as 76% of his passes are forward ones.
9. Busquets sports an Arabic tattoo on his left forearm, which translates to "A thing for you, the life in my country". The tattoo was dedicated to his maternal grandfather to whom he was very close.
10. Internationally Busquets has only notched two goals in over 111 appearances for his country and seven for Barcelona in 300 appearances.
Puyol gave Busquets his number 5 to wear