Xavi Hernandez describes former Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets as ‘an artist’ and ‘perfect,’ and talks Lionel Messi and more.
The World Cup winner was speaking after being honoured by Marca for his contribution to the game, and discussed a number of topics with the publication.
“I’m very happy in Qatar. I’m enjoying it. The day I’m not and I’m too lazy to go and train is the day I’ll leave,” the Al Sadd midfielder said, before touching on his future a little further.
“I’d be lying if I said I was going to be a Coach. What I enjoy now is playing on the pitch.
“I’m a Barca fan. My hope and my goal is to work for the club in the future. The club is achieving excellence. I watched the Clasico and saw an historic match, an exhibition.”
Xavi may have revelled in Barca’s mauling of Real Madrid but called for patience with Rafa Benitez, before commenting on his former teammates.
“Luis Enrique was criticised too. There’s got to be patience with Benitez and all Coaches,” he stressed.
“Iniesta? He’s an artist, a total master. He’s been at an extraordinary level for years. He’s one of the greatest players in Spain’s history.
“Busquets is the best midfielder at the moment. He’s a perfect player.
“I resent Victor Valdes’ situation. He doesn’t deserve it and I hope he finds a solution soon.
“Lionel Messi has to win the Ballon d’Or. They’re at the same level but he’s better than Neymar. Football has changed a lot. Diego Maradona did what Messi is doing 30 years ago, but for me Messi is the best.
“I would recommend Vicente Del Bosque stays as Spain Coach. He’s the ideal person for the team.”