Defensive midfielder - Sergio Busquets
One of the most underrated midfielders of all time, Sergio Busquets was one of the players who made the tiki-taka system work at Barcelona.
Former Spain coach Vincente del Bosque had this to say for the brilliant midfielder - "If you watch the whole game, you won't see Busquets—but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game."
With impeccable positioning and the vision of a hawk, Busquets may end his career as the best defensive midfielder of all time.
Central midfielder - Xavi Hernandez
Highly regarded for his humble personality and team ethos, Xavi is viewed as being the embodiment of the tiki-taka passing style of play. Considered by many to be the greatest Spanish player of all time, an argument can be made that Xavi is the best passer of the ball we have ever seen, as well as being the best central midfielder of all time.
Xavi left Barcelona in 2015 after winning his second treble with the club, and it was he who made the entire midfield tick with his short passes and through balls which defence could handle.
Central midfielder - Andres Iniesta
Completing what is easily the best midfield trio of all time, Andres Iniesta was the final cog of the Barcelona midfield who was as potent going forward as he was with his killer passes.
Despite not receiving the limelight enough due to the presence of Xavi next to him and Messi in front of him, Iniesta was a colossus in the middle of the field who could make things happen with one kick of the ball. He left Barcelona a couple of years ago, and the club is yet to replace the void he left.Published 12 Nov 2019, 15:54 IST