Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff said: "There are spectacular players like Messi. But if you see a guy like Xavi, who controls the ball and manages the pace of the game, he is also a great player, but totally different from Messi.
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"It is very hard to tell who is the best. [In my eyes] the most spectacular is Messi, but the best is Xavi."
The peerless number eight is the brain behind Barcelona and Spain’s obsession with possession. Sitting in the driving seat, Xavi calmly weaves together the two brands of high-octane football.
His weapon of choice: passing. Whether it’s short, effective offloads to recycle possession or applying defence-splitting passes, Xavi has mastered every discipline.
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