Sergio Busquets Burgos is a Spanish footballer who was born on 16 July 1988 in Sabadell, Spain. Busquets plays as a defensive midfielder for Spain national football team and Barcelona. He is a devoted player and can also play as a central defender. His defensive attributes, amazing control over ball, accurate passing ability etc. make him a unique key player in the midfield. His height also allows him to have better control on the ball in the air.
Former national Spanish team’s coach Vicente del Bosque praised him saying,“If you watch the whole game, you won't see Busquets—but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game.”
Busquets started his competitive football career by joining local team CD Badia del Vallès at the age of seven. After playing for the team for almost a year, he moved to Barberà Andalucía in 1996 and later moved to Lleida in 1999. Before joining the youth team of prominent club Barcelona in 2005, he had also played for Jàbac Terrassa for couple of years.
Busquets impressed with his skills in his very first season with the youth ranks of Barcelona but his genuine success came in the second season when he scored 7 goals in 26 games. His splendid delineation didn't go in vain as he got promoted to the B team of the club.
In the 2008 Copa Catalunya, Busquets made his first-team debut for Barcelona, coming as a substitute. On 13 September 2008, he played his first La Liga game against Racing de Santander. He had remained on the ground for whole 90 minutes in that 1-1 draw.
On 11 February 2009, Busquets received his maiden call up for the senior squad of the Spanish national team. However, his international debut came on 1 April 2009 in a World Cup Qualifiers game against Turkey. He had come as a replacement for David Silva in that 2-1 win.
Rise to glory
Busquets was up to the mark in almost every game for the Barcelona since his debut which earned him praise from several veteran footballers. He achieved a huge fan following in a very short span of time and also got a regular place in the squad.
On 27 May 2009, he helped his team to win UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United, featuring in the starting eleven of the team. On 8 March 2011, playing as a centre back in a match of Champions League round-of-16 against Arsenal, he netted a goal from a corner kick and won the game for the team by 3-1. On 6 June 2015, appearing in the final of the Champions League, he however didn't score any goal but played his role splendidly winning the title by beating Juventus at the end.
Busquets was also part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning Spanish team. He played all the games of the tournament, winning the title for the Spain eventually. On 9 October 2017, he celebrated his 100th international match against Israel and helped the team to win this 2018 World Cup Qualifiers game by 1-0.
Busquets has played more than 450 games for Barcelona in various leagues. Having him in the squad, club has won 6 La Liga titles, 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 UEFA Super Cups and also 3 FIFA club World Cup titles.
Having played 473 games for FC Barcelona till date, he has got 13 goals and 31 assists in his name. He also has 2 goals and 4 assists, playing over 100 games for the Spanish national team. Busquets also was La Liga's Breakthrough Player for the year of 2009.
Although he doesn't have a plethora of goals in his pocket probably because of his position in the field but he is always an asset for the team, setting a required tempo and playing a key role in the midfield.