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Sergio Busquets is a Spanish defensive midfielder who is regarded as one of the greatest of his generation in his position. Born on 16 July 1988, Busquets had a trial with various small clubs in Spain before being given access to the famed Barcelona youth setup in 2005.
The arrival of Busquets coincided with the rise of the famed 2008 Barcelona team, which is regarded as one of the best of any generation. After featuring in the Barcelona B set up for a year, Busquets was provided with an opportunity to train with the first team by a young Pep Guardiola, who was in his first managerial job. Busquets had made only two appearances in the 2008-09 Segunda División B before being promoted to the first team that year against all the transfer odds.
Busquets ended up making 24 appearances in a campaign that yielded the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, and Champions League. This was one of the many trebles that Busquets would achieve with the Catalan outfit. In fact, Busquets has had a tremendously successful career with more than 30 major honours – including multiple La Liga and Champions League titles – won for club and country.
It took a year for the Spanish national team to hand Busquets with his debut at a national level. Since then, he has been instrumental in making sure that Spain go through one of their best moments in history. Busquets was part of the Spanish team that dominated world football with a World Cup and European Championship titles in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Apart from these collective honours, Busquets has also received numerous individual accolades. He has consistently featured in the La Liga and Champions League team of the campaigns. Known for his calm and composed nature, Busquets rarely gives up the ball and he is an exquisite passer. A deep-lying midfielder, Busquets makes sure that most of the attacks pass through him by linking up the defence and attack.
Sergio Busquets Transfer Rumours
- From Barcelona B to Barcelona for free in 2008
Born in the Catalonia part of Spain, Busquets started his playing days with CD Badia del Vallès before going on to feature for the likes of Barberà Andalucía, Lleida, and Jàbac Terrassa. His talent was noticed by Barcelona, whose youth setup made him as one of the top transfer targets in 2005. Very few football whispers were able to notice the transfer coming through in 2005. After joining the Barcelona youth setup, Busquets made his way to the B team and eventually became a crucial member of the first team.
Busquets is regarded as such an integral of Barcelona that the club have gone to great lengths to avoid any transfer rumours from building up. Some of these measures include putting a huge buyout clause in his contract to avoid gossip. Busquets’ current contract carries a buyout clause of €500 million, which should ensure that he remains free of transfer news and rumours.