Captaining the side in the absence of Andr s Iniesta and Lionel Messi, midfielder Sergio Busquets made his 300th start for FC Barcelona against Getafe on Saturday, prompting manager Luis Enrique to bestow high praise on the Spaniard.

 

FC Barcelona’s midfield metronome Sergio Busquets led his side to a 2-0 win away to Getafe on Saturday, putting in a solid display which prompted manger Luis Enrique to heap praise on his current captain following the game.

Brazilian superstar Neymar and former Liverpool FC striker Luis SuA?rez were on target for the Catalans, who kept pace with Real Madrid and pulled a little further away from the chasing pack led by AtlA?tico Madrid.

Busquets the best midfielder in the world – Luis Enrique

The FC Barcelona manager hailed Busquets as the best midfielder in the world, citing his intelligence and his ability to contribute both in attack and defence. Enrique is quoted by FIFA.com as saying:

“He is a unique player. He is the most complete and, for me, best midfielder in the world without a doubt. He is a fundamental player for us, not just for his football intelligence but because he can play in any position and play at a very high level.

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“Playing in front of the defence is where he feels most comfortable and when he is there the team gains solidity in defence and attack. He is a key player and I will try to give him a rest when I can.”

Enrique not far off the mark

Although it is extremely difficult to compare top midfielders who tend to have different roles within different set-ups, Luis Enrique is not far off the mark with his claims. Busquets is indeed a singular footballer, with an almost unparalleled ability to read the game and initiate attacks with his clever, incisive passing.

The Spain international is extremely crucial to FC Barcelona, particularly because of the style of football they play, where keeping possession and winning the ball back quickly is extremely important. Given these are some of Busquets’ key strengths, the Catalans wound find it very difficult to replace him with someone of similar quality.