The most amazing thing about Barça is with how much will they play. Messi scores and shouts with joy like if it was the first time. Xavi receives every ball like if it was the first one of his life. And you have the feeling that he would like to pick it up, kiss it, look at it and carry on playing. The same with Iniesta. Busquets is the unfriendly one in the middle of the park, the one responsible for the hard work. Puyol is incredible with a terrible haircut, but a super-player nonetheless, a first-class human being with a very big heart. He breaks his elbow and he’s playing again after two weeks. It’s the motivation that they play with in order to win. In that aspect, they are role models.
Danny Boyle at last night’s BAFTA. During his introduction to producer Tessa Ross, he said ‘Barcelona are arguably the greatest football team ever. But when asked who is the greatest living footballer, where their midfield generals: Xavi, Iniesta and Messi picked Paul Scholes of Manchester United’
I could go for the obvious ones of Messi and Ronaldo. But my favorite player in the world is Xavi, (it) has been for four or five years. He is the man for me. If you were talking about the best midfielders of all time, he would be coming into the reckoning.
‘¡De puta madre!‘ Having Pedro on the field gave me a tranquil sensation. For me he’s one of the best footballers in Spain. In addition, I love his personality: he’s humble, generous, always thinking about others… I’m in love with Pedro…
— Xavi, on when he learned about Pedro’s inclusion to La Rioja’s first XI against Portugal in 2010 World Cup.