New five-year contract means Busquets can become a true Barcelona legend

Barça de les sis copes” (CC BY 2.0) by Gerard Reyes

After speculation that Sergio Busquets may have been on his way to pastures new in the summer transfer window, the midfielder recently pledged his loyalty to Barcelona by penning an improved five-year deal with the club. Luis Enrique was wise to bend to the player’s higher wage demands and retain an irreplaceable cog in the champions’ machine.

When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City he publicly stated that he would like to reunite with one of the key players in his devastating double Champions League winning side. Busquets was also keen to partner up again with the man that turned him into the world-class star he is today. However, the €200million release clause in the new deal means the 27-year-old is now likely to live out the rest of his playing days at the Nou Camp. Barcelona continue to be the team to beat in Spain, and as of late October, they are 5/6 in the Bet365 La Liga betting to retain the title this season. Busquets is an integral part of Barca’s unrelenting dominance.  

Though the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar tend to steal the headlines at the Catalan club, it’s Busquets’ solidity, technical ability, and vision in midfield that allows the attacking trident to run riot on opposition defences. The Spaniard has become just as important to the new Barcelona model as Xavi was to the old one, and since the former captain’s departure, has grown into an essential figure of calm and composure in the middle of the park.   

Busquets has played 316 matches for Barcelona in all competitions since 2009/10 and has averaged 74.3 passes per game (see video below) with a pass completion percentage of 91.8% in that time period. In Xavi’s last 261 matches for the club, the former captain had a pass completion rate of 93.1%. There is clearly a miniscule difference between the two players, and the significance of this is that many experts view Xavi as the best passer of the ball in the history of football. To add more perspective to just how impressive these stats are is to look at Andrea Pirlo’s pass completion percentage of 86.3% over his last 272 matches. The Italian was nicknamed “The Architect” by teammates, so what does that make Busquets at Barcelona?

Busquets has played his entire senior career at Barcelona, but is yet to reach full legendary status with the club. However, in the next few years he could easily garner the same kind of affection from fans as they had for Xavi. Playing at defensive midfield, footballers tend to have a much longer shelf life, and the six-time La Liga winner could yet be around even after his new contract expires.

In the knowledge that his position at the club is secure, Busquets can now push on to become one of the all-time greats. With four Copa Del Rey, five Spanish Supercup, and three Champions League medals already, there is no telling just how much more this exceptional player can achieve.

Is Busquets a diver, or just smart?

Sergio Busquets, although an extremely talented football player and one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, seems to be marked as a diver due to several “dives” he performed in his career. His most “famous” one is the one when Barcelona played against Inter Milan and he acted as if Thiago Motta kicked him in the face, although slow motion videos showed that he didn’t. Ever since that moment Busquets is known as a diver.

He didn’t want to talk about in his previous interviews, stating that it is up to the referee to decide whether it is a dive or not. However, in a recent interview with Cadena COPE’s ‘El Partido de las 12’ he talked about it and gave his opinion on the whole situation. “Play-acting? It’s not play-acting, it’s being smart. It’s a debate we shouldn’t be having, because that’s not the real issue. It’s all too easy to label people.” It is also wise to go betting online at and win some money.

His colleague Neymar is also being accused of diving. However, Busquets holds him in high regard. “We’ve been surprised by how quickly he’s adapted, because it wasn’t easy, bearing in mind his age and it’s a new country and a different playing philosophy,” Busquets said. “He’s just a normal person; he’s very shy and quiet. But he’s a great guy. He mostly hangs out with the other Brazilians, but gets on really well with everyone.”

The importance of Sergio Busquets

Most people remember Busquets for his diving antics in the semifinal Champions League tie against Inter in 2011. What he did was wrong and nobody denies that. However, many people seem to disregard how talented he really is as far as football is concerned. Many people don’t want to see how important Busquets is for Barcelona from a technical point of view. Practically, Pep Guardiola created Sergio Busquets. Guardiola coached Busquets in Barcelona B, and when Pep got a promotion to manage the A team, he took Busquets with him. Ever since he played his first game for the A team, he cemented his place in the starting eleven — even pushing out Yaya Toure, who is an extraordinary player.

There were many who claimed that Yaya Toure should be starting instead of Busquets, but that wasn’t the case with Guardiola. What makes Busquets the perfect DM for Barcelona is his positional intelligence. That is his strongest skill. In simple terms, he knows where the ball will go and he places himself there. Therefore, when soccer betting (click here) at Top Bet is concerned, that means that this Sergio is a sure bet. That leads to him having a lot of interceptions when the opposing team attacks, and of course a lot of passes with the player on his own team. Sometimes when Xavi is well covered, Busquets ends the game with more passes that Xavi, which isn’t something that happens very often these days.

After Yaya Toure left, Keita was the backup plan, but then Keita left as well. Then, Barcelona bought Alex Song from Arsenal to simply have a player who could play at the DM position to cover for Busquets. Of course, Busquets is the perfect DM for Barca, but Busquets has been doing a great job since he arrived. He adapted well and his career looks bright, although he will never be the first choice when choosing the starting eleven in big games.

Barcelona crush Valencia

It seems that Barcelona is back. They’ve been playing badly (for their standards) for weeks, but tonight’s game showed that the crisis is over. The literally crushed Valencia 5:1, with Messi scoring 4 goals and Xavi adding one. Guardiola rolled out with his best available lineup of Valdes, Montoya, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Iniesta, Busquets, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi and Pedro. Alves was unavailable because of a suspension. All players were great, but especially Messi, Iniesta and Alexis.

Sergio Busquets played his classic role, but obviously got the permission to match on forward. He made a wonderful assist for one of Messi’s goals, and had a great chance with a strong shot on goal, but Diego Alves was brilliant for Valencia tonight.

Barca 7 points behind Madrid

The weekend behind us was very painful for Barcelona. They drew 0:0 against Villareal away and increased the gap between them and Real Madrid to 7 points. Many people are saying that the tournament is over, although Barca players and coaches don’t agree. The game against Villareal proved that Barcelona players are very tired. They simply didn’t have the legs to win. Being hit by injuries, before the match Josep Guardiola had only 11 fit first team players! Many B players joined the first team (the bench). The first team players who featured in the opening lineup were obviously tired and just couldn’t play on the same level as they are well rested.

Sergio Busquets played the whole game and was superb. He played a slightly more attacking role, as he was placed besides Xavi in the midfield, while Mascherano played as DM.

Barca hammer Malaga

Many have doubted that Barca can dominate Malaga as much as they did. With Real Madrid leading the Primera table with a 5 point lead, Barcelona simply had to secure a win. However, Andalusians weren’t going to let them win so easily. The match started slowly, but as Barcelona started to play their game, it was over. Messi scored a hattrick, with Alexis Sanchez adding one.

Sergio Busquets played the whole game and played wonderfully. In the absence of Xavi, he tool total control of ball distribution and one very well.

Busquets brilliant as Barcelona trash Madrid

Although many say that Copy del Rey is the least important of all trophies both teams are fighting for, it is still a title and no team will give it away. The first quarterfinal tie was El Clasico — the clash of titans, FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid. The first game was played in Madrid and Barcelona trashed Madrid 1:2 which gives them a huge advantage. On top of the positive result, Barcelona dominated the match and dictated the tempo, with Real Madrid having only 30% of the ball during the whole game.

Sergio Busquets was in the first team, of course, and had a brilliant display. Many websites named him as the man of the match, and rightfully so. His passing was amazing, his distribution was top notch and he even scored a goal, but his header went wide.