ONE ON ONE: SER­GIO BUS­QUETS

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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

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