Sergio Busquets has claimed that Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez is the best Spanish player of all time.
The veteran formed the core of the Spain team which were crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012 and world champions in 2010, leaving his fellow Cule to hail him as the greatest footballer La Roja have ever produced.
“Since I started [my career], I've always been close to [Xavi],” Busquets told reporters.
“We've always been successful together, and [Xavi] has always been an example to us all. For me, he's the best Spanish player of all time.
“We have very good crop of players, and hopefully we can meet all the conditions [needed] to win titles again and be back among the top teams.
“[On the topic of his No 5 jersey]. I also had a great rapport with [Carles] Puyol, and he asked me if I'd like to take his number.
“For me, it was flattering that someone like him, both personally and in football, would say that.”