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SERGIO BUSQUETS IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MIDFIELD PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. HERE THE BARCELONA STAR TELLS SOCCER 360 HOW HE STAYS HUNGRY, WHY HE DOESN’T MIND BEING A SNOW PLOUGH, AND THAT NOBODY COMPARES WITH MESSI
SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN AT BARCELONA YOU HAVE WON 28 TITLES – COULD YOU EVER IMAGINE THAT LEVEL OF SUCCESS?
I remember my first hope was to make the first team – I could never have imagined everything that has come after.
WHAT KEEPS YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE?
Everything that has been achieved is in the past – I am always looking for more success with the team. Once I am retired, I can look back – but at the moment I am only looking at this season and it being another successful one.
WE KNOW AT BARCELONA ALL TROPHIES ARE CONSIDERED IMPORTANT – BUT IS THERE SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
There is – it is a very special competition that I have been able to win 3 times. The way we exited the competition last season hurt – and we want to make it right this season.
BARCELONA ARE THE FAVORITES ALONG WITH MANCHESTER CITY AND JUVENTUS – DOES THAT MEAN ADDED PRESSURE?
No not really – because the expectation is always there for Barcelona to win The Champions League. We believe we can – but there are many strong teams. You have mentioned 2 of the best – but there are more.
YOU ARE REGARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST MIDFIELD PLAYERS IN EUROPE – WHO WAS YOUR IDOL GROWING UP?
I am not sure I had an idol – but there were players I liked to watch who I had tactical similarities with. Firstly, there was Patrick Vieira – and then later Xavi and Yaya Toure who of course I got to play with.
Xavi once called you the snow plough
“CLEARING ALL BEFORE YOU.” IS “THE BUSQUETS ROLE” UNDERAPPRECIATED?
It is not important for me – I don’t need the lead role. The strikers who score the goals get the big plaudits and I am happy with that. I am not selfish I would rather they score. I love the role that I play.
SINCE YOU WERE A TEENAGER YOU HAVE BEEN AT BARCELONA – WAS THERE ANY OTHER OPTION TO BE ANYTHING BUT A SOCCER PLAYER?
For me no – football was everything to me growing up. As a kid you would find it impossible to see me without a football.
YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW TOP LEVEL PLAYERS WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA. YOU HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN QUITE CRITICAL OF IT IN THE PAST HAVEN’T YOU?
It is not for me – there are so many issues with it – with fake profiles and people just using it to say whatever they want. I don’t even like to message my friends and family – I prefer to pick up the phone and have a conversation.
YOU HAVE PLAYED WITH MESSI FOR MANY YEARS – IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN SAY THAT HASN’T ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THE LITTLE GENIUS?
I do not think so. There are many great players – but with Messi he stands alone – there is no comparison. He has been the best for many years and he will be the best until he decides to retire.
THE NEW YEAR IS WHEN THE FIGHT
FOR TROPHIES HEATS UP – WHAT IS THE AMBITION THIS SEASON?
To win everything. I am not going to say we are going to prioritise this over that – because at Barcelona the ambition is always to win everything.