Sergio Busquets Burgos (born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.
Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets began playing football with local team CD Badia del Vallès, followed by spells with CEF Barberà Andalucía, UE Lleida and UFB Jàbac Terrassa, before joining FC Barcelona’s youth ranks in 2005. He scored seven goals in 26 games for the Juvenil A team in his second season and, two years later, Busquets was promoted to the B-team under Pep Guardiola, and helped it achieve promotion to the third division. In that same season he would make his first-team debut, coming on as a substitute in a Catalonia Cup match.
On 13 September 2008 Busquets played his first La Liga match, featuring 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander. During Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park on 22 October 2008, he scored the second goal in the 15th minute in a 5–0 group stage win; in early December, in another start, he scored his second with Barça in the competition, netting in the 83rd minute of a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
On 22 December 2008 Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of €80 million. On 7 March of the following year he scored his first league goal, in a 2–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao. On 27 May, having been regularly played as he competed for the spot with internationals Seydou Keita and Yaya Touré, he also featured in Barcelona’s starting eleven in the Champions League final, a 2–0 win over Manchester United; with that victory, Carles and Sergio Busquets became only the third father-and-son combo to both have won Europe’s top club competition playing for the same team, joining Manuel Sanchís Martínez and Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo (won it with Real Madrid) and Cesare Maldini and Paolo Maldini (A.C. Milan).
Busquets’ fine form continued in the 2009–10 season, with Guardiola preferring him to Touré as Barcelona’s central holding midfielder, developing a fine playing relationship with Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, which would see Barcelona go on to win La Liga for the 20th time in their history.
Busquets is usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, although he is also capable of playing as a central defender. Busquets is known for the pivotal midfield-anchor role that he plays for both Barcelona and the Spanish national side; a hard-working player, he excels at breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game.
Due to his vision, ball control, and accurate passing ability, he rarely relinquishes possession, and alongside Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, and later Ivan Rakitić, he plays an important role in setting his team’s tempo in midfield through his passing game. Vicente Del Bosque has highly praised Busquets, saying, “If you watch the whole game, you won’t see Busquets—but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game.” Busquets has been accused of diving by the media on occasion, and in response to these criticisms, he has defended diving in football as intelligent play.
Busquets helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup, the Euro 2012 tournaments. He also represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro tournament, earning 88 caps in total.
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