FC Barcelona icon Xavi Hernandez has said that Andres Iniesta is the most talented Spanish midfielder of all time.

Xavi Hernandez gave detailed interview to Spanish channel Canal+ in which he spoke about his admiration of Andres Iniesta, Leo Messi and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.

Xavi and Iniesta have been playing together at FC Barcelona since over a decade and both are great friends of each other. And unsurprisingly, Xavi spoke highly of his team mate. “He is the most talented Spanish footballer in the history of Barça. All the concepts and styles of the club can be seen in watching Iniesta play.” Xavi said.

The FC Barcelona legend also said that Lionel Messi is the best footballer ever. “For me he is the best player ever. He is the most dominating player and is getting better. For me there is no comparison, he is the number one in the world by far.”

Xavi is considered as one of the best midfielders of all time and the FC Barcelona player said that he is a big admirer of Italy star Andrea Pirlo. “I like watching different central midfielders. We’ve got lots in Spain: Iniesta, Silva, I watch Arsenal to see Cazorla and now there’s Denis Suárez, Rakitic but when I watch Pirlo he’s fantastic. I switch on for Juve games just to see him play”.

It was reported in the summer that Xavi could leave FC Barcelona for another club but he said that he wants to finish his career at the Catalan club.

“It it was down to me I would never leave Barcelona, but others are in charge. I didn’t hear anything from Bayern. I have been leaving many times but in the end it has to be my feeling. I told the club I did not want to play for another team in Europe, I didn’t want to face Barcelona. I want to finish my career at Barcelona and then we’ll see what happens.”

Luis Aragones took the reins of Spanish team in 2006 and this proved to be a start of domination of the world football by La Roja. And the FC Barcelona captain admits that Aragones has been the most influential person of his career. “He has been the most influential person in my career,” Xavi said. “I don’t want to be unfair in highlighting Luis above anyone else but if I had to name one person as the most influential, it would be him.”